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Steven Dennis
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Can anyone recommend a good annotated Bible for someone (me) looking not for spiritual enlightenment but for historical/cultural context on the origins of the writings, the people and the events mentioned?

Edit: Found the Archaeological Study Bible on Amazon. Anybody know this one?
 
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Looks interesting but I think a separate book would probably best give the historical/cultural context, etc.
 
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Don't Know Much About the Bible: Everything You Need to Know About the Good Book but Never Learned
I picked this up recently:


http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Know-Much-About-Bible/dp/03807283...


Amazon.com Review
The Bible, author Kenneth Davis explains, fits that definition of a "classic" offered by Mark Twain: a book that people praise and don't read. But this entertaining historical study will likely compel listeners to reach for their dusty copies of the world's most-owned but least-understood anthology once again. And not simply because the author reminds us of the drama and intrigue, the tales of rape, impaling, and ethnic cleansing routinely found in its pages. Davis paints the larger historical context in which the Bible was written, providing a sense of the culture and environment in which the familiar stories came to life. Calling on new research and scholarship into the Bible's composition, he provides fascinating background to dimly remembered stories that gives them renewed impact. Using a series of easy-to-follow questions and answers, he offers explanations about when and by whom the Bible was written; how the stories of other traditions influenced the Judeo-Christian teachings; where the Garden of Eden might have been located; why an earthquake may have played a part in the "walls tumbling down" at Jericho; why Jesus may not have said everything we think he did, and much more. He also points out that mistranslations from the original Hebrew have made their way into modern versions of the Bible, explaining where and how they occurred. Conceding that his program will anger some, as it challenges many cherished but mistaken assumptions about the Bible, Davis also hopes that listeners recognize that Christian belief and uncovering the truth are not at odds in this program, but rather that learning and wisdom, even when they reach unsettling conclusions, can ultimately complement faith.

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Davis (Don't Know Much About History) attempts to teach us everything we need to know about the Bible but never learned. Davis brings to life the world of the Bible by putting it in historical context and attempting to clear up misconceptions and mistranslations. He summarizes Bible stories and parables, adding his own interpretive insights. Among his claims: Joseph didn't own a coat of many colors (the words have been mistranslated); Moses didn't part the Red Sea; Jonah wasn't in the belly of a whale; King David didn't kill Goliath, nor did he write the Psalms; Jesus probably wasn't born in Bethlehem; Jesus performed three resurrections besides his own. Davis also identifies which biblical teachings he thinks were appropriate for a semi-nomadic desert tribe but are no longer applicable to life at the dawn of the 21st century (e.g., the prohibition in Leviticus against planting your fields with two different kinds of seeds). While Davis's engaging volume offers little for biblical experts, it serves as an good introduction for Bible novices.
 
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There are two that I recommend quite a bit. Both are a little more 'scholarly' and New Revised Standard (as that is what I prefer to read):

The HarperCollins Study Bible

The New Interpreters' Study Bible

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Asimov's Guide to the Bible:

http://www.amazon.com/Asimovs-Guide-Bible-Historical-Testame...
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I've been reading and very much enjoying Kugel's How To Read the Bible, which presents traditional and more-recent interpretations/explanations of the Hebrew Bible.
 
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Is price a concern? This:

http://www.aquinasandmore.com/index.cfm/title/Navarre-Study-...

is probably the best, most scholarly English Bible available. One of the many good things to come from the little region of Navarra.
 
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http://www.e-sword.net/features.html

Useless on the beach (unless you have a Pocket PC) but it is the PC based Bible that I use the most.
 
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DrChek wrote:
Can anyone recommend a good annotated Bible for someone (me) looking not for spiritual enlightenment but for historical/cultural context on the origins of the writings, the people and the events mentioned?

Edit: Found the Archaeological Study Bible on Amazon. Anybody know this one?


We have the Archaeological Study Bible, and it's quite good - I highly recommend it. I agree with Jon though - you'll probably have better luck finding what you're looking for in a separate book.
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Requete wrote:
Is price a concern? This:

http://www.aquinasandmore.com/index.cfm/title/Navarre-Study-...

is probably the best, most scholarly English Bible available. One of the many good things to come from the little region of Navarra.


I've not read this one, but I'd be rather surprised if the writers of that specific book used mainstream Catholic interpretations: Theology departments from Opus Dei universities will give you Opus Dei doctrine.
 
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I have a chronological bible I really enjoy reading. They reordered everything based on estimated time line. It is especially cool in my opinion for integrating many parts of the Old Testament like Kings and Samuel that are telling stories that have overlapping time lines and the Gospels in the New Testament. It also includes some historical synopsis when there are large time line gaps.

There are a couple different versions of this published. Here is a USA Today article on the concept.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-08-14-bible-chron...

The one I own is the NIV version daily bible in chronological order.
I enjoy it but some of the others may be more "scholarly"
 
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