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CEB Common English Thinline Bible with Apocrypha DecoTone Black Imitation Leather – September 1, 2011
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As a Greek Orthodox Christian I'm always looking out for bibles that contain our complete canon of the Old Testament (since it comes from the pre-Christian era Septuagint translation which was most heavily used by the NT authors), which includes what Protestants refer to as the Apocrypha and Roman Catholics as Deutero-canonical books. Thankfully, this version has all the books used by the Greek and Slavonic Churches. So it has all of the books used by Roman Catholics (e.g., Tobit thru 2nd Maccabees). It has all those in Anglican bibles but not in RC bibles: e.g, 1st & 2nd Esdras and the Prayer of Manasseh (that RCs consider "apocrypha" but not deutero-canoncial). And it has all those in Orthodox bibles but in neither RC or Anglican ones: e.g., Psalm 151, in 3 versions, and 3rd & 4th Maccabees). Thus, this is a truly ecumenical bible that can be used by all Christians. Unfortunately, while there were 12 Roman Catholics and 19 Anglicans/Episcopalians on the various translating committees, there were no Orthodox of any jurisdiction.
When analyzing this specific edition of the CEB, "with Apocryhpa", I'm looking mainly at things not directly tied to the translation itself. The translation is what it is and anyone buying a bible should spend some time reading portions to see if they like what they are reading. Key to keep in mind here is that this is written at the 7th grade level. So it is easier to read than say the NRSV or ESV (both with complete Apocrypha editions), which are at about the 11th grade level.Read more ›
Traditional readers of the KJV, ESV, or ASV may not like it because much of the standard vocabulary of modern Christianity is not employed in many significant passages. Some may think that doctrine is watered down in favor of readability. Many important theological words are utilized far less than past English translations; including: repent, vipers, abomination, and blasphemy.
The CEB provides:
- Three month day study plan
- Single column arrangement
- Maps supplied by National Geographic
- Field tested by almost 80 scholars and readers
- The oversight of more than 100 biblical scholars from non-conservative traditions
The CEB committee is made up of many non-conservative denominational publishers: Disciples of Christ; P.C U.S.A.; Episcopal Church; United Churches of Christ, and U.M.C.Read more ›
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The CEB is a more easily read bible than earlier translations. Easiest to understand.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really like this Bible, except that I can't move to any chapter from 2 to about 6 when I start at the beginning of the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have both eBook and print versions of the CEB Common English Bible with Apocrypha. I love being able to take the eBook version with me on my I Pad. No heavy book to carry. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy Hoffman
I am really enjoying having this on my Kindle. I just wish they offered the CEB Study Bible on kindle.Published 5 months ago by Palmetto Girl