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The Common English Bible, likely the largest cross-denominational translation project in recent memory, unites Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, United Methodist, and numerous other faith traditions in a joint effort to create a complete but broadly accessible Bible for the 21st century. No single translation, despite the breadth of this committee's reach, is likely to please all, but this sincere and diligent effort goes far toward the creation of a plain-English version that, without falling into folksiness or false hipsterism, can be read and understood by a range of ages, educational backgrounds, and aptitudes.--Library Journal (03/01/2011)

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The Common English Bible is a new translation. One hundred and twenty biblical scholars from twenty-two faith traditions worked as translators. These women and men balanced rigorous accuracy in translation of the ancient texts with an equally passionate commitment to clarity of expression in contemporary English. The result is a clear, direct, and powerful English version of the scriptures for use in Bible study, devotional reading, and worship.
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  • Bonded Leather: 1472 pages
  • Publisher: Common English Bible; Box Lea edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609260171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609260170
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Common English Bible (CEB) is a solid, contemporary translation of the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Old and New Testaments.

The translation philosophy followed is closer to that of the Good News (GNB, or Today's English Version) Bible, in its translating traditionally Christian religious words and phrases into modern English.

Sometimes this can be jarring to those raised in the Christian tradition. Like the translation of ho huios tou anthropou as "Human One" rather than "Son of Man" (there is a fair amount of space devoted to this "one" in the preface of the CEB).

But other times it just makes sense. Like translating episkopos as "supervisor" rather than "bishop".

My only real beef is with the choice to use U.S. equivalents for some units of measure (e.g. length). I would have preferred transliteration like that done for capacity (Heb. bath) or weight (Gk. talent). In my opinion providing equivalents is what footnotes are for.

Over the years I've fallen back on the GNB when I wanted to really plow through masses of scripture text for meaning (it has been my version of choice for reading straight through the Bible, cover to cover).

The CEB has now taken its place for that purpose, as well as for regular devotional reading and close study. This edition has center-column cross references, a welcome feature missing from most Bibles from the mainline publishers (the GNB always included cross references, as did the Bible Society editions of the Hebrew and Greek texts I use for study). It's about time.
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It seems that the blog-world doesn't lack in armchair biblicists, seminarians and former seminarians, pastors, preachers, teachers and priests, all of whom have something to say about translation. Even the most academic postulators don't always prefer the most academic translation. At the end of their rope, there are now charts, graphs and entire websites dedicated to the strengths and weaknesses of each English translation. Still, Christian discussion boards abound with neophytes or homeward bound Christians all of whom want to know, "Which is the best translation?" This is definitely a problem that only those of us in industrialized, first-world countries face as many Christians the world over don't have Bibles in their homes much less the ability to read one if they did. And while proper translation is to be desired so that the specific nuances of the Hebrew-Greek idioms are conveyed in the most accurate English idiom so that the text enriches our understanding rather than leading to harmful, fundamentalist interpretation, there comes a point when such concern can become obsessive and cloud one's appreciation of the Bible or any religious text, whether in translation or not.

Despite all the efforts of the best academic, the average person isn't choosing their preferred Bible translation based on what manuscripts it uses. And while translation philosophy may come in to play, it only happens in a roundabout way. For example, take the KJV: people like it because they grew up with it; or because most of the biblical phrases that have made their way into Western culture are from it; or because they think it sounds more reverent; or it's the first one they learned; or they associate it with stability and/or tradition and/or being rooted in history.
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The CEB Reference Bible is a new translation (2011) and a new bible (2012) for those who want a readable bible while having the ability to delve in the word deeper. In short, this bible delivers.

The CEB translation is very easy to read and digest, and is (for me) the easiest translation to understand. It also maintains it's accuracy as it is a spinoff of sorts of the KJV. The type set is smallish but still very readable.

This bible also includes center-column cross references which are incredibly useful to bring various verses/books of scripture together. The references are small in print but still very useable.

It also has several pages of maps, with an easy-to-use index to locate a place on one or more of these maps. This is a nice addition to a Bible that seems to be taking the reference aspect seriously.

The bonded leather feels well-constructed and I can see this Bible lasting for many yeas, even with constant use.

The only thing that sets it back is that the concordance is somewhat limited as it doesn't always guide you to some of the more popular, well-known verses (and this is a relatively minor gripe from me).

For those looking for an easy-to-read reference bible of solid construction won't go wrong with this bible.

--MWR
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I bought this translation because our new Sunday School curriculum uses it. I Like this binding because it is easy to hold when reading from the pulpit. It has decent "helps." This is not a scholars bible, by any means, but it is a useful one- easy to read and understand.
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What is best about the translation is its attempt to use the common vernacular of North Americans. There are some parses that my shock at first. For example when Jesus names himself as the "Human One," we might be more comfortable with the "Son of Man." However in the excellent preface the editors explain the reasons behind such a translation.

The cross references found between the two columns on each page are helpful to a serious examination of scripture.

The concordance is more extensive than most found in study bibles and easy to follow.

The map index is superb. There are 16 maps that can help examine the geography that is so important in understanding scripture.
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