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Area minister co-edits newly published Bible

Rev. Dr. W. Sibley Towner

Rev. Dr. W. Sibley Towner, of Kilmarnock, retired professor of Biblical interpretation at Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, is one of five co-editors of a newly published annotated study Bible now available in area bookstores.

Titled “The Discipleship Study Bible,” the new Bible places special emphasis on the social justice and communal dimensions of Scripture without neglecting its implications for personal faith.

The new study Bible is enriched with a chronology of events and literature in and around ancient Israel and early Christianity. It includes a concise concordance and eight new color maps.

“This is the first completely new New Revised Standard Version study Bible in five years,” said Dr. Towner, a minister-member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Kilmarnock. “It was produced over a 10-year period by an interfaith, interracial and international panel of 35 Biblical scholars whose task it was to provide introductions and verse-by-verse annotations for all of the books of the Bible and the Apocrypha.”

Dr. Towner also has served as professor of Old Testament at Yale University’s Divinity School.

Retail price of “The Discipleship Study Bible” is $39.95.

posted 11.06.2008

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