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 I want something that has detailed sidenotes with historical references, preferably with wide margins for taking notes.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.
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.
that's Finkelstein's view but it is somewhat convincingly attacked by Dever while Dever offers his competing view that what became Israel was originally formed from within Canaanite society as a frontier agrarian reform movement. it's important to point out that, despite their disagreements on how ancient Isreal actually came to be, both Finkelstein and Dever agree that the biblical narrative has been proven to be myth.
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.
that doc does a pretty good job of explaining the findings of modern Syro-Palestinian archaeology but the section on origins only presents Israel Finkelstein's theory on origins without even mentioning any other ideas on the topic (say William Dever's). i recognize that in a documentary you only have room for so much but surely there was time to simply mention that the view presented was only one among a few competing theories of Isrealite origins. (indeed, there are some- Thomas Thompson being one- who argue that there was no such thing as an ancient Israel in any sense and that the very concept is a 2nd century BCE invention for the purposes of religio-political propaganda).
For a non biased text read I would recommend Young's Literal Translation that is available free online along with practically every other Bible at www.biblegateway.com I can't vouch for their commentaries. I never used them since I presume they are corrupted by dogma and Trinitarianism.
Thanks again for all the suggestions! I've been poking around links this morning, and I think I'm narrowing it down to one of the Oxford Bibles (Annotated or Study) for an actual hard copy of the text.
Even though it's just the first five books, you may also want to consider a torah. Some of them have extensive commentaries that are way better than what you will find in a christian bible.
Plus, intolerance, murder, misogyny, homophobia, child abuse, genocide, justification of slavery, and all the mythology you could ever want in just five wonderful books.
It probably won't help when arguing with christians since they ignore any part of the "old testament" that they don't like. "Just because we no longer stone disobedient children doesn't mean we can simply ignore the passages that condemn homosexuality."
If you don't want to spend a lot of money, the Skeptics Annotated Bible is also a good choice. It is especially handy when you are debating people online and need a quick verse.
just happened across this thread while i was searching for something and i wondered if you had gotten any of the books that were suggested here and, if you had, how did you find them- good, bad, indifferent?