As the title implies, I am looking to buy a study Bible. I used to have a copy of the Catholic Bible, but it was lost somewhere in the seventeen times that I have moved in the past few years. (I exaggerate, but still...I feel like a migratory bird sometimes.) I want something that has detailed sidenotes with historical references, preferably with wide margins for taking notes. Also, I am hoping for something off of Amazon because objective religious material does not exist in local bookstores.
Hmm, I think that I may have understood what a "study bible" is. I am definitely looking for objective scholarly works, not faith-based interpretations. Thanks for the clarification; this explains why I was only getting "devotional manuals" when I would query "study bible," lol.
That Yale set looks great; I'll have to do some hunting on ebay.
I wonder what 'critically study bible' would turn up.
Well, with the exception of an out-of-print book (Programs of the Texas State Federation of Women's Clubs on the Old Bible: A study of Old Testament literature, critically and comparatively), it looks to be all devotional manuals, with a verse is Saul being used to match 'critically'. (and when the archers overtook him, they wounded him critically.) That and 'critically examining the claims of false apostles'.
Haha, I would love to get my hands on a copy of that out-of-print book; I would love to see what was considered to be studying scripture "critically and comparatively" in 1930s Texas. (I went searching on GoogleBooks hoping to find a copy uploaded, lol.)
Great recommendation! I just read a few reviews of it on Amazon. From a cursory glance it definitely seems to get at the historical references I was looking for, describing the social, economic, and political climate in which the Bible was written. Thanks! :)
Definitely! Thanks for all the recommendations. As merely a novice history buff, it was overwhelming for me to to sift through the pages upon pages of history books on Amazon. It is difficult to ascertain which books provide the most objective, scholarly historical approach. This list is perfect for me, thanks again. :D
I am reading an, um, "interesting" book at the moment; I picked it up on sale at my local Border's this fall. I was intrigued by the title alone, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization. From just a cursory glance at the back cover, I could already tell that it was going to be an incredibly slanted view of history. Nonetheless, I picked it up anyways because I wanted to see just how opinionated it truly was. I was not disappointed, lol. The entire book is a blatant promotion of Christianity; it belongs with the religious apologetics and not in the history section where I found it. The author is literally using the Bible as a historical reference, citing incidents in the Exodus as valid arguments for his point. I was under the impression that most historians agree that the Israelites never even went to Egypt as linguistical evidence does not support the claim. Either way, Esolen fails to use corroborating historical sources for his Biblical claims.
It's an amusing book, and I am sure that I could find many more inaccuracies if I were better schooled in history. Sometimes I even wonder if it is really just conservative satire, and I am falling prey to a giant Poe.
Christian scholarly materials, such as the Anchor Bible, helped to show me the inaccuracies of the Bible.
If I remember correctly, the "conquest" was accomplished by tribes inhabiting the mountains, then slowing moving into the plain by co-inhabiting with the existing population. But certainly, nothing like the conquest described in the Hebrew Bible and not in its timeframe.
Also, for a video take on some history versus the bible, ProfMTH has a 'preview' of the PBS/NOVA special "The Bible's Buried Secrets" that I just noticed. I haven't watched the show yet, but I like the stuff PBS/NOVA does, plus ProfMTH's recommendation; so I'll be checking it out this week.