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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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  • Imitation Leather: 1504 pages
  • Publisher: Common English Bible; Lea edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609261089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609261085
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Navigation is now possible! I've been waiting for this full translation, I received a paper copy of the New Testament some time ago. I enjoy comparing the wording of the different translations. Thank you Amazon and the publisher of the CEB for quick resolution of the navigation issue.
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Overall, if you want a modern English easy-to-read bible with the complete canon of Apocrypha used by Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Anglicans, that was crafted by an ecumenical group of scholars, then this is the bible for you!

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.
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I am very excited that the Common English Bible is now available with both Old and New Testaments (and Apocrypha) and with a working table of contents! Just today one of my members said he wanted to read the Bible but was struggling with it because he didn't understand it. I'm ordering a hard copy of this Bible for him today, and a Kindle version for myself. I appreciate the editors solving the navigation issue for the Kindle version.
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Eleanor Schmidt recalled a time she went to her doctor: "My doctor had recommended surgery and referred me to a specialist. Arriving early for my appointment, I found the door unlocked and the young surgeon, deeply engrossed in reading, behind the receptionist's desk. When he didn't hear me come in, I cleared my throat. Startled, he closed the book, which I recognized as a Bible. `Does reading the Bible help you before or after an operation?' I asked. My fears were dispelled by his soft, one-word answer: `During."' And God has given men His Word revealed in the Bible; a revelation to help His people in good times and hard times. And in the "Common English Bible" one finds a novel look at an English translation of the Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible. This English rendition is new and very readable, but in some ways a bit startling. The CEB arrives as a fresh version that the average reader is able to understand; including non-Christians.

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.
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I have purchased this version of the Bible because they have corrected the problem of not having active links. They fixed it quickly and it is now easy to navigate. I'm still making my mind up about how much I like the translation, that will take more reading. But four stars for quickly fixing the navigation problem.
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A friend recommended this Bible to me and I'm glad I looked into it. It is easy to read and comprehend. It takes no time to locate a specific Bible verse(s). You just select the book from the organized list, select the chapter from the book and then scroll to the verse(s) you need. I have this on my Kindle Fire HD and no longer carry a Bible to my weekly Bible study. I would recommend this Bible no matter where you are in your spiritual journey.
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Not please at all with this particular translation as too many changes have occurred that differ so far from the NIV or NRSV and especially the NKJV. The use of "the human one" turns me off. It appears to be to be trying to be politically correct rather than saying him or her, or man or woman. It just doesn't read smoothly to older persons who have grown up with the KJV, NIV, RSV, NRSV or the ASV. I acknowledge that this may be a very personal perception but just the same give me the NIV.
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