In this installment, I will be looking at the text of the notes and introductions to the different books. To make it totally random, I just opened my copy of the NOAB3 to and picked the first note I saw.
|Ezekiel 18.1-4 Note||Sins and their punishments may involve long-term consequence for the corporate community, as 16.44; Ex 20.5 recognize. In the exiles’ current situation, however, it is not appropriate for them to blame their ancestors for their misfortunes, as they were doing (Jer 31.29-30). Ezekiel’s audience is far from an innocent generation. Nevertheless, individuals within the community can take responsibility, turn from sin, and chose life amidst the coming corporate (communal) punishment.||The text does not necessarily deny the notion of corporate (communal) punishment or contradict the statement of Ex 20.5 that parents can pass on the consequences of sin to their children. In places such as 16.44 and 20.4, 30 Ezekiel affirms that sins and their punishments may involve long term consequences for individuals and for the corporate community. What Ezekiel is stressing is that the exiles cannot hide behind a defense of fatalism but must take responsibility for their present circumstances and their future. The prophet’s audience is far from an innocent generation, and it is not appropriate for them to view their present fate as inexorably determined by past actions of their ancestors (cf. Jer 31.29-30, which quotes the same proverb).|
|Mark 7.1-5 Note||As representatives of the Jerusalem religious establishment, the Pharisees and scribes cultivated oral traditions of the elders supplementary to the law of Moses, in this story focused on purity codes for processing and eating food.||As representatives of the Jerusalem Temple, the political-economic as well as religious capital of Judea, the Pharisees and scribes cultivated oral tradition of the elders supplementary to the law of Moses, in this story focused on purity codes for processing and eating foods.|
For the introduction, I chose the book of Job. The NAOB4 was divided up into sections: Name and Location in Canon; Authorship, Date of Composition, and Historical Context; Literary History, Structure, and Contents; Interpretation; Guide to Reading. The NAOB3 did not have any division of sections. Most of the introduction of Job in the NAOB4 was rewritten. This was not true for all introductions, some only received minor updates.
I really like the changes made in the NAOB4. I think the editors did a great job of keeping the NAOB “classic but not stodgy, up-to-date but not trendy”.