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5.0 out of 5 stars 1 of Only 3 Known "Non-Tech" Language Modern English Bibles, October 30, 2005
This review is from: Holy Bible Text Edition NLT (Hardcover)
The NLT, God's Word Version, and The Contemporary English Version (CEV) are the only 3 I have found using common English terms for "technical theological concepts." Where all others use "theological terminology" meaningless to the non-skilled reader, and require external study aids to understand; terms such as "justification, propitiation, expiation, sanctification, redemption, regeneration," etc. the NLT, GWV and CEV have rendered the Greek roots into common every-day terminology. The NIV, ESV, NAS, NKJV, etc., by opting to maintain/use these "tech terms" have done so to preserve 400 year-old obsolete terminology in vogue in universities/seminaries at the expense of clarity and ease of understanding for the non-theologically trained reader. In my opinion, this puts the NLT, CEV and GWV light-years ahead of the popular NIV/NKJV pack in reader comprehension. For non Christian readers investigating Christianity, and for new Christians (and a lot more of us who enjoy understanding what we are reading), this unique difference/distinction of the above 3 versions (using non-tech terms for key theological concepts) puts them light-years ahead; and puts God's Word where it belongs, out in the open where it can be understood and applied by the average reader. Even if you favor the NIV/NKJV/ESV, etc., consider this new way of evaluating modern English Bibles before you update your Bible inventory.
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