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  • Bonded Leather: 1472 pages
  • Publisher: Common English Bible; Box Lea edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609260171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609260170
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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The Common English Bible is not simply a revision or update of an existing translation. It is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they work to build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The Common English Bible is committed to the whole church of Jesus Christ. To achieve this, the CEB represents the work of a diverse team with broad scholarship, including the work of over 115 scholars - men and women from 22 faith traditions in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities. As a result, the English translation of ancient words has an uncommon relevance for a broad audience of Bible readers - from children to scholars.

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The Common English translation is easy to read.
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As far as Reference Bibles go,,It a Good Bible,Its kinda cheaply made but If you take care of it ,Im sure it will last a long time.
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I like the easy readability; like reading a book.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Phil Lembo on January 2, 2012
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The Common English Bible (CEB) is a solid, contemporary translation of the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Old and New Testaments.

The translation philosophy followed is closer to that of the Good News (GNB, or Today's English Version) Bible, in its translating traditionally Christian religious words and phrases into modern English.

Sometimes this can be jarring to those raised in the Christian tradition. Like the translation of ho huios tou anthropou as "Human One" rather than "Son of Man" (there is a fair amount of space devoted to this "one" in the preface of the CEB).

But other times it just makes sense. Like translating episkopos as "supervisor" rather than "bishop".

My only real beef is with the choice to use U.S. equivalents for some units of measure (e.g. length). I would have preferred transliteration like that done for capacity (Heb. bath) or weight (Gk. talent). In my opinion providing equivalents is what footnotes are for.

Over the years I've fallen back on the GNB when I wanted to really plow through masses of scripture text for meaning (it has been my version of choice for reading straight through the Bible, cover to cover).

The CEB has now taken its place for that purpose, as well as for regular devotional reading and close study. This edition has center-column cross references, a welcome feature missing from most Bibles from the mainline publishers (the GNB always included cross references, as did the Bible Society editions of the Hebrew and Greek texts I use for study). It's about time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chris Speaks on September 27, 2012
It seems that the blog-world doesn't lack in armchair biblicists, seminarians and former seminarians, pastors, preachers, teachers and priests, all of whom have something to say about translation. Even the most academic postulators don't always prefer the most academic translation. At the end of their rope, there are now charts, graphs and entire websites dedicated to the strengths and weaknesses of each English translation. Still, Christian discussion boards abound with neophytes or homeward bound Christians all of whom want to know, "Which is the best translation?" This is definitely a problem that only those of us in industrialized, first-world countries face as many Christians the world over don't have Bibles in their homes much less the ability to read one if they did. And while proper translation is to be desired so that the specific nuances of the Hebrew-Greek idioms are conveyed in the most accurate English idiom so that the text enriches our understanding rather than leading to harmful, fundamentalist interpretation, there comes a point when such concern can become obsessive and cloud one's appreciation of the Bible or any religious text, whether in translation or not.

Despite all the efforts of the best academic, the average person isn't choosing their preferred Bible translation based on what manuscripts it uses. And while translation philosophy may come in to play, it only happens in a roundabout way. For example, take the KJV: people like it because they grew up with it; or because most of the biblical phrases that have made their way into Western culture are from it; or because they think it sounds more reverent; or it's the first one they learned; or they associate it with stability and/or tradition and/or being rooted in history.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Majshark on May 17, 2012
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The CEB Reference Bible is a new translation (2011) and a new bible (2012) for those who want a readable bible while having the ability to delve in the word deeper. In short, this bible delivers.

The CEB translation is very easy to read and digest, and is (for me) the easiest translation to understand. It also maintains it's accuracy as it is a spinoff of sorts of the KJV. The type set is smallish but still very readable.

This bible also includes center-column cross references which are incredibly useful to bring various verses/books of scripture together. The references are small in print but still very useable.

It also has several pages of maps, with an easy-to-use index to locate a place on one or more of these maps. This is a nice addition to a Bible that seems to be taking the reference aspect seriously.

The bonded leather feels well-constructed and I can see this Bible lasting for many yeas, even with constant use.

The only thing that sets it back is that the concordance is somewhat limited as it doesn't always guide you to some of the more popular, well-known verses (and this is a relatively minor gripe from me).

For those looking for an easy-to-read reference bible of solid construction won't go wrong with this bible.

--MWR
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Jones on September 12, 2012
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I bought this translation because our new Sunday School curriculum uses it. I Like this binding because it is easy to hold when reading from the pulpit. It has decent "helps." This is not a scholars bible, by any means, but it is a useful one- easy to read and understand.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dadaw on August 7, 2012
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I really like this reference edition of the CEB. The bonded leather binding is nicer than most "bonded" bindings, and the overall dimensions are nice. The typeface used in this and most (maybe all) other editions is highly legible, even if it is on the smallish side. The concordance employs unerlining of head words, which is pretty amateurish from a typograhpical standpoint, but it is not a fatal flaw. I would have preferred a more compact layout with more word entries, but it's good to get an edition with a concordance at this early stage of the translation.The center-column references strike me as a bit sparse, and I personally like the policy, introduced in the 1980s and since adopted by several publishers, of indicating parallel passages right under section headings. Would like to see CEB editions with this done, and with references grouped at bottom right-hand side of the page instead of center column, because this would allow for a longer text line, and the typeface size could then be increased slightly without adding appreciably to the size of the bible.

The translation itself is, of course, amazing, considering the record time in which it was produced. In my experience, the CEB is being somewhat more favorably received among evangelicals than other translations put out by mainline denominations. This reflects well on the conscientiousness of the translators and (especially) editors, who have wanted the CEB to serve the whole body of Christ. I like the translation style, and since I am a professional interpreter, I have begun using the CEB when interpreting into English here in northern Europe in church and conference settings.
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