Review by Booklist Review
Scholars in the biblical fields have been eagerly awaiting The New Interpreter's Bible, a massive revision of The Interpreter's Bible Commentary, first published in the 1950s. If volume one is any indication, the wait has been well worth it. With general articles on the Bible and the Old Testament and specific coverage of the books of Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus, this book is a gold mine of information. In the general articles, the state of contemporary research on the Bible is explored and the reader is introduced to current issues in the field. Discussion on individual books begins with an introduction and overview and follows with a commentary on the biblical text, which is broken down into primary units rather than individual verses. The use of two contemporary translations (NIV and NRSV) enhances the exploration, as readers can see for themselves the differences that a subtle change in translation can make. A wonderful addition to the discussion of each book is the section entitled "Reflections," designed to guide those reading or interpreting the text toward an understanding of the story's significance for the faith community today. Brief bibliographies after the introductions to the books show the reader where to get more information. This book and the subsequent volumes in the series are highly recommended for religion reference collections. ~--Mary Deeley
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