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CEB Common English Thinline Bible Softcover Paperback – August 1, 2011

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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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  • Paperback: 1189 pages
  • Publisher: Common English Bible; Thinline ed. edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609260155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609260156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Common English Bible is a new bible translation that is relevant, readable and reliable. Completely new, the Common English Bible is not simply a revision of an existing translation. This is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of readers in today's language. At first, you might think a "modern language bible" would be more like The Message, or even the Good News bible, something watered down so that it can be easily understood with a fifth grade reading level. That is not what this is.

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...
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I did not expect the Common English Bible to offer much new or to be an improvement over existing translations. I generally use the NRSV for preaching and Bible Study, and compare with NIV because so many of my people use it. I find most paraphrases such as the Message or translations for modern readers such as NT Wright's Kingdom NT (and I love NT Wright) affected and cute. The CEB was marketed so heavily by the UMC's publishing house that it looked to me like a publishing gimmick, something that would end up unused in church libraries with Moffatt, the TEB, etc.

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.
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A unique feature of "The Common English Bible" is the collaboration of 120 biblical scholars from 24 denominations in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities in cooperation with representation from academic institutions including Asbury Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Bethel Seminary, Denver Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Wheaton College, Yale University, and many others. The translation is directly from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.

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.
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