I used the Oxford Bible in a philosophy class. It as as close to an academic work as it can get. Its roots are in the standard revised version. A work was commissioned to create a new translation using all available histocrical documents and archeological evidence. It was intended to be non denominational in slants.

It has copious commentary on each book with translation issues and apparent problems. One I reber was a NT referral to a type of housing or architecture out of time for the period and place. It was also supposed to get rid of the Old English and put it in modern English terms.

The companion book is the Oxford Bible Commentary. Pretty much everything you wanted to know about translation and historical issues from an academic view.




The Oxford Annotated Bible (OAB) is a study Bible published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). The notes and the study material feature in-depth academic research from non-denominational perspectives, specifically secular perspectives for "Bible-as-literature" with a focus on the most recent advances in historical criticism and related disciplines, with contributors from mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, and non-religious interpretative traditions.

The OAB also includes a number of interpretive essays. Essay topics include Bible translations, early Jewish history and the geography of the Bible. The NOAB also features maps of the Holy Land during various time periods. The NOAB is commonly used by colleges and universities.

A fully revised Fourth Edition was released in May 2010. It contains new color maps and updated essays and commentaries. As always, versions with and without the Apocrypha were made available.

A fully revised Fifth Edition was released on 1 April 2018 with similar improvements.

Some groups, including fundamentalist and evangelical Protestants as well as traditional Catholics, object to the OAB because the editors adhere to contemporary, scholarly views of Biblical criticism, and thus call into question the traditional authorship of some books