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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Nice Bible for Devotional Reading, June 18, 2009
This review is from: NET Bible Reader's Edition (Genuine Top-Grain Leather) (Leather Bound)
About the Binding & Cover
This edition is made from Cromwell Premium Top Grain Genuine Leather, with a Premium Smythe sewn binding. The cover has a fine leathery feel, rich color, and well defined grain. Top Grain leather is considered the second highest grade of leather, and is as strong and durable as full grain leather. This type of leather is split from the top layer of the hide, sanded and then refinished. Smythe sewn binding is considered the highest quality binding, the pages are sewn and glued to the spine of the Bible. The benefits are a long lasting Bible that can be read and reread for years without falling apart. Books with Smythe sewn binding will stand up to more abuse than regular glued binding, and can be read on a flat surface. For these reasons many textbooks, picture books and Bibles that are designed to stand the tests of time use Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn book printing and binding gets its name from its inventor, an Irish-American named David McConnell Smythe (1833-1807). A pioneer of modern day bookbinding, Smythe took a bold leap forward over the centuries old methods of binding by producing the first technology and methods for sewing book pages to the spine to create a book of superior quality and appearance. Smythe-sewn Bibles are durable, but they may be heavier and less flexible than glued Bibles. That said if you want the best, then you want Smythe sewn binding. Size: 9.75 X 7.0 X 1.5 (inches)

What's inside?
This Bible is printed on Premium Bible paper, the text is clear 11-point type text. The lay out of this Bible is double column format, black letter edition, with paragraph/subject headings. Features include 7,722 condensed translators' notes, a glossary of terms, 12 full color satellite maps, 8 full color pictures, 6 maps depicting the old testament periods, and 4 Journeys of Paul line maps. This edition includes a Premium black ribbon marker, and gold gilded page edges, which adds to the elegance of this Bible.

Preview John chapter 1 of the Reader's Edition
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In the Front

1. Preface to the Reader's Edition
2. Introduction to the Reader's Edition
3. The NET Bible Team
4. Books of the Bible in Canonical Order

In the Back

1. Glossary of Terms
2. Principles of Translation
3. Detailed Table of Contents
4. Index to NET Bible Maps

Along with this Bible is included a bonus Companion CD which has many features.

Contents of the Companion CD
NET Bible

* HTML version like the one online
* HTML Help version - searchable (windows only)

History of the English Bible Articles

* Part I: From Wycliffe to King James (The Period of Challenge)
* Part II: The Reign of the King James (The Era of Elegance)
* Part III: From the KJV to the RV (from Elegance to Accuracy)
* Part IV: Why So Many Versions?

Making of the NET Bible Articles

* Innovations in the Text and Translation of the NET Bible, New Testament
* An Open Letter Regarding The NET Bible, New Testament
* Consideration of Contexts in the Translation Philosophy of the NET Bible: Discussion and Examples

Studying the Bible Section

* Finding God - a brief explanation of God's plan of salvation
* The Basics of the Faith - A question and answer Bible study series
* Introduction to Christian Belief - A layman's guide to systematic theology
* How to Study the Bible ($15 book) - covers the place of the Bible in the life of the Christian, key components of Bible study, and different kinds of Bible study.
* How to Teach the Bible - Shows you how to begin to communicate what you've learned in your study of the Bible to other people.

Gospel of John Tools

* Audio version of Gospel of John
* Pastor's Commentary on John - Bob Deffinbaugh
* Technical Commentary on John - Hall Harris

Reference Tools:

* Introductions, Outlines and Arguments of whole New Testament - extensive background materials
* Easton's Bible Dictionary
* Nave's Topical Bible
* Torrey's Topical Textbook
* Matthew Henry's Commentary

About this Translation
This information is from "Preface To The NET Bible [...] " if you would like to learn more about this translation please refer to the above address."The NET Bible is a completely new translation of the Bible with 60,932 translators' notes! (The translators' notes can be found online and in the printed First Edition) It was completed by more than 25 scholars - experts in the original biblical languages - who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The translators' notes make the original languages far more accessible, allowing you to look over the translator's shoulder at the very process of translation. This level of documentation is a first for a Bible translation, making transparent the textual basis and the rationale for key renderings (including major interpretive options and alternative translations). This unparalleled level of detail helps connect people to the Bible in the original languages in a way never before possible without years of study of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It unlocks the riches of the Bible's truth from entirely new perspectives.

The Deutero-Canonical books/Apocrypha are not completely translated yet and are not certainly in the printed editions. Plans are underway to translate these books the translators' of the Net Bible seek to create a translation which all Christians can use regardless of denomination.

The Net Bible can be found online at [...] go to [...] for a free downloadable copy. A short video about the NET Bible Watch

Introduction to the Net Bible Reader's Edition
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My Personal Opinion
The cover has a very nice leathery feel and texture, I understand now why many of my friends say "When you get a Genuine leather Bible you don't want to put it down". This Bible lays flat while reading, I've found this to be very helpful when studying or while comparing different translations. The Reader's Edition would be a good choice for devotional reading or study, because of the text size and the condensed translators' notes. Personally I find the translators' notes to be very interesting and helpful, giving a deeper understanding in to the possible translations.
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