Back in 2001, I enthusiastically recommended the then-brand-new third edition of this peerless study Bible to our customers at the Wellesley Booksmith. Now, nine years later, a fully revised fourth edition is here; I'm nine years older, but not, alas, fully revised.
What's new in this edition? According to the editors, "the introductions to the biblical books, the maps and charts, the annotations, and the study materials at the end of the book have been significantly enhanced and lengthened." Biblical scholarship doesn't chug forward at the rate of, say, the study of the human genome, but it does advance at a steady pace and the fourth edition is designed to reflect that.
OK, I'll say it: as study Bibles go, this is the milk-and-honey, gold-frankincense-and-myrrh standard. Indispensable for scholars, students, clergy, and all serious readers of the Bible in English.