Anchor Bible Series

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The Anchor Bible Series is a scholarly and commercial co-venture that has been setting a high standard since the early 1960s, when individual volumes of the series began publication. Each volume covers all, or a portion of, one or more books of the Old Testament, the New Testament or the Apocrypha. The volumes contain in-depth introductions and commentaries, complemented by original translations; many have full critical notes that include alternate readings and alternative translations. Synopses of informed discussion of the historical origins and the manuscripts' traditions are also provided. These volumes are not designed for the casual Bible reader, but for the educated layman who is already prepared with a general understanding of and interest in modern biblical scholarship, although a foreword to the volumes asserts that "no special formal training in biblical studies" is needed to comprehend the content.

The broad range of scholars invited to contribute may have kept the Anchor Bible Series from an enthusiastic reception by any particular sect or denomination.

The series is complemented by the Anchor Bible Dictionary, a comprehensive collection of scholarly articles on biblical studies that is a rival to The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (1962). Both of these multi-volume dictionaries are the equivalent of condensed encyclopedias.

The series began under the guidance of William Foxwell Albright (18911971) as General Editor. The current General Editor of the series is David Noel Freedman. One of the drawbacks with this series being printed over multiple decades is that not all of the earlier volumes have remained in print. However, some of these earlier instalments in the series are being replaced by recently (or soon-to-be) published volumes. The series is still incomplete; the second half of Exodus and of Deuteronomy, the last part of the Book of Ezekiel and the Book of Nahum are yet to appear.

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