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CEB Common English Thinline Bible Softcover Paperback – August 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
The CEB is the combined effort of 120 bible scholars from 24 denominations and the members of over 70 reading groups who orchestrated a huge translation event to create a bible that is both accurate in translation while at the same time being readable in modern English.
With so many translations available, why do we need another translation? Well, cultural and religious settings have changed dramatically; even modern worship affects the words we use in our churches. In today's culture, language is changing even faster because of the computer age. All of these changes, plus countless others are so impacting that a completely new translation of the Bible becomes necessary.
Here is Genesis 1:1-2 from the popular NIV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
...and here it is again from the CEB
When God began to create the heavens and the earth--the earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God's wind swept over the waters...Read more ›
I was wrong. I was sent a sample New Testament and began to use it for story time for a ministry I lead for children with disabilities because I thought it would read more easily for them. Each month, I was surprised how much I liked the way the story I read had been rendered. I began to read common passages to see what the translators had done with them, and was consistently pleased.
Often when I'm reading a text for teaching, I find myself reading a line and repeating it for the people in a way that I feel makes the original reading more accessible for them. I also add contractions and appropriate colloquialisms to make the text more clear for people. The CEB sounds like what I try to accomplish when I do this for people. It's a very true translation, but it's extremely accessible and easy to read. It's remarkable what the translators pulled off. They've accomplished the primary task of Bible translation--to render the original text with clarity for modern readers--extremely well, maybe better than any translation available.
I plan to use it more in my teaching, and I hope that additional resources become available. In particular, it would be helpful if a good study Bible was produced and if the text was available online for free somewhere, such as Oremus Bible Browser's version of the NRSV or the many places the NIV is available on the web.
The work includes an association of five major Christian publishers. More than 500 readers representing over 70 groups field tested and provided feedback prior to publication.
"The Common English Bible" is:
* A fresh readable translation for a new generation of cross denominational readers
* Academically accurate
* Endorsed by respected Christian leaders, seminary professors, and pastors
Features especially like include:
* The handy size and quality Bible paper
* The user friendly format with topical headings and clearly defined chapter breaks
* The easy to read font with a balance of white background space for easy reading
* The easy to locate footnotes
* The detailed color maps
Preliminary sales indicate a broad base of acceptance and insure the popularity of "The Common English Bible." An ideal translation for church worship, personal Bible study and devotional reading.
A complementary copy of this product was provided me for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have mixed feelings about the Common English Bible (CEB).
It is definitely a new translation of the Bible -- there is little or no attempt to keep the King James... Read more
CEB joins some other versions in simply changing Hebrew "him" to "them" in Genesis 1:27b even though it is immediately preceded and followed by Hebrew... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Francis H. Turner
This edition of the CEB is good for having around the house and to read before bed, but it wouldn't hold up in travel or withstand heavy usage. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andrew L.