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CEB Common English Thinline Bible with Apocrypha DecoTone Black Imitation Leather – September 1, 2011
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Traditional readers of the KJV, ESV, or ASV may not like it because much of the standard vocabulary of modern Christianity is not employed in many significant passages. Some may think that doctrine is watered down in favor of readability. Many important theological words are utilized far less than past English translations; including: repent, vipers, abomination, and blasphemy.
The CEB provides:
- Three month day study plan
- Single column arrangement
- Maps supplied by National Geographic
- Field tested by almost 80 scholars and readers
- The oversight of more than 100 biblical scholars from non-conservative traditions
The CEB committee is made up of many non-conservative denominational publishers: Disciples of Christ; P.C U.S.A.; Episcopal Church; United Churches of Christ, and U.M.C.Read more ›
As a Greek Orthodox Christian I'm always looking out for bibles that contain our complete canon of the Old Testament (since it comes from the pre-Christian era Septuagint translation which was most heavily used by the NT authors), which includes what Protestants refer to as the Apocrypha and Roman Catholics as Deutero-canonical books. Thankfully, this version has all the books used by the Greek and Slavonic Churches. So it has all of the books used by Roman Catholics (e.g., Tobit thru 2nd Maccabees). It has all those in Anglican bibles but not in RC bibles: e.g, 1st & 2nd Esdras and the Prayer of Manasseh (that RCs consider "apocrypha" but not deutero-canoncial). And it has all those in Orthodox bibles but in neither RC or Anglican ones: e.g., Psalm 151, in 3 versions, and 3rd & 4th Maccabees). Thus, this is a truly ecumenical bible that can be used by all Christians. Unfortunately, while there were 12 Roman Catholics and 19 Anglicans/Episcopalians on the various translating committees, there were no Orthodox of any jurisdiction.
When analyzing this specific edition of the CEB, "with Apocryhpa", I'm looking mainly at things not directly tied to the translation itself. The translation is what it is and anyone buying a bible should spend some time reading portions to see if they like what they are reading. Key to keep in mind here is that this is written at the 7th grade level. So it is easier to read than say the NRSV or ESV (both with complete Apocrypha editions), which are at about the 11th grade level.Read more ›
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I am really enjoying having this on my Kindle. I just wish they offered the CEB Study Bible on kindle.Published 2 days ago by Palmetto Girl
Text is easy to read (I used for English as Second Language - ESL) and translations seem to be pretty accurate when compared with other English translations. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Freeman G. Rohlfing
I use it every day. I find this translation easy to read and understand but accurate in its translation of the the Greek and Hebrew original.Published 2 months ago by Gloria Stover
Although the translation is fresh and strives for the rhythm of contemporary North American English, I find the use of contractions unhelpful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard G Leggett
This translation is a fast read for content or study. It would be especially helpful for those who do not "pick up" their bible because of dreading to read words that they... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marilyn Hawk
like the CEB version and love having the Bible in my hand at all times in my e-book without bulk, etcc.Published 3 months ago by Kathryn A Kaylor
This physical bible is made of a nice faux-leather that I for one am very fond of...not the plastic-like variety at all. The print-size is amazingly appropriate. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew A. Marsh