Complete Jewish Bible: An English Version of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and B’rit Hadashah (New Testament) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File Size : 4229 KB
- Publication Date : May 2, 2011
- Publisher : Messianic Jewish Communications; 1st Edition (May 2, 2011)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00513LXYS
- Print Length : 2785 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #161,389 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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29 Aug 2017 - I've had this now for over 3 weeks, I am more and more disappointed with the Kindle version (understatement!). It can literally take at least a minute or more to find a specific verse of scripture. First you go to the "Contents" in the front (easy), then scroll over to the specific book you want, and tap it. That will take you to the very beginning of the book. In longer books with long chapters, you will literally be hand-scrolling, page by page, until you get to chapter and verse. That's just unacceptable for anyone wanting to use this as a reference. If all you want to do is read the author's outstanding information in the front, and then read the entire Old and New Testaments (Christian terms), this will be just fine. But to cross reference anything in this Kindle edition is functionally impossible - the effort required is simply unacceptable. I had given it a "gift" of 4-stars (content itself is definitely a 5-star rating), but after considerably more use, I'm probably still overly generous in downgrading it to a 3-star product. I'm almost tempted to attempt a full refund of the Kindle edition, except that I still want to have it available on my phone or Kindle device when it's not convenient to carry around a hard copy. I will definitely (and grudgingly) pay twice and purchase the hard copy of the book just so I can adequately use it when I've at least got access to the printed copy.
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DARN! I wanted to be able to give this a better review. Content-wise, I love it - totally a 5-star item, particularly for the price. The fact that this is a single-translator's work is already a built-in acknowledgement by the author, so anyone knocking it down because of that I think would be unfair. If they simply disagree and can support that disagreement with substantial portions of translation, or with some doctrinal issue or other, so be it. I'm simply saying that yes, it would be nice to have more than just David Stern's view of things, but I'll certainly defer to his expertise over mine any day - not even close.
The content is extremely helpful, and perhaps some background could help explain this review. I happen to be one who grew up in a Protestant denomination, kept going by choice for several years into my early 20s, but by about age 22 I'd simply not been able to reconcile several very fundamental questions and finally decided there is a God (though I did not understand his character - I've just always known that deep within even as a small child), but that the Bible was mythology just like Greek,Roman, or Norse mythology, and Jesus Christ was a great teacher and bold man, but when he died, he died as any other man does - and that he was not the Son of God. I sought out a religion that resonated with me, and could find none for several years. Only after several years and both highly unexpected and very powerful personal events did I come to know that I had been largely wrong. Each of the above suppositions on my part, starting around age 22, had been wrong. But the neat thing was, the questions I had have all been answered in greater detail than I ever expected possible. And it's been building now for over 40 years.
Then late last year we became acquainted with a Messianic Jewish couple, and have had some marvelous discussions. In the process, I've come to identify with them and understand how they are not - in the usual sense of the word - "Christian." Oh, of course they believe that Jesus Christ was in fact the Messiah, but the differences with traditional Christianity (Protestant and Catholic) are amazingly similar to my own, even with no Jewish background on my part. Am I ready to begin attending a nearby Messianic Jewish service each Saturday? No. The specific denomination I accept is entirely satisfactory for reasons not appropriate for a review.
So I came to order this item as a direct result of some YouTube videos produced by a Messianic Jewish Rabbi and his occasional reference to the "CJB." A little research finally explained what that was to which he was making passing reference. And I ordered it, to help better understand my own beliefs - and what a help it has already been in only a week!
So why not a 5-star review (which my gut wants to give it)? Simple. Trying to navigate around in it to find "chapter and verse" completely eluded me for the first week. I JUST found out how (and it's not all that good) before completing this review. I finally found out how to find each of the books, but it's quite cumbersome having to scroll forward a page at a time to get to a specific verse. Chapter 47 verse 25 of some book? That's a heck of a lot of scrolling! I'd love it if someone could show me the "dumb" error of my ways, and provide an easier way, but for now, I'm stuck only being able to go to the first page of whatever book of scripture I choose to read or reference. To me, that's a major downfall, and my 4-star review is ONLY that high because of the exceptional explanatory and reference material prior to the actual scripture text. Trying to read this on my Android phone and do cross-referencing quickly is (so far) impossible with any kind of reasonable time. My KJV Bible? Piece of cake! This? Functionally useless for that purpose at least. It's a bit easier on the big desktop with a mouse, but still not easy. If the table of contents at least had chapter reference links under each of the book names, that would be far, far easier. For a study reference, I believe that's a major flaw.
This is an excellent Bible to own. The wording is more relaxed and natural when compared against the NKJ or other "old English" versions but it doesn't go to the extreme of paraphrasing like the Living Bible. (As a sidenote, I think that the Living Bible is a great introduction Bible for children or youth groups because of how simplified the concepts are. But you'd definitely want to upgrade to a Bible like the CJB for a more in-depth experience.) It's translated directly from the original languages instead of from another translation although some words and most names are not translated. A few examples: You'll read Yeshua instead of Jesus, Yochanan the Immerser instead of John the Baptist and Ruach Hakodesh instead of the Holy Spirit. Luckily there's an explanation at the beginning as to why this was intentionally done and a dictionary at the back to translate these terms.
Regarding this printed book:
This is a hardback "book" without any of the classic indentations or tabs which allows one to easily locate books. You can always purchase tabs independently. I have seen the CJB in other formats including the "classic" Bible look: black leatherish cover, soft backed instead of hard backed and the pages gradually indent to display the book abbreviations. The other formats are not sold on Amazon at the time of this review. I am not sure where to purchase it. Your local Christian bookstore should be able to order it.
Regarding the Kindle version:
I bought the Kindle version of this book. Unlike normal books that you read from start to finish, one usually jumps around in a Bible. Especially during religious services. It's very difficult to navigate to a specific verse in the Kindle version. I honestly don't recommend it because of that.
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It does a valuable job in giving the reader a much better perspective on the Jewishness of the whole Bible. I am thoroughly enjoying using this version of the Bible and I challenge any serious student of scripture to get to grips with the Jewishness of the Bible - without that you will miss many meanings that would have been immediately obvious to the early Christians, who after all were initially viewed as a Jewish sect. Jesus Himself interpreted and used the Old Testament in a solely Jewish way.
An excellent addition to my Bible Study aids.
I would not really recommend this version for someone starting to read the Bible, because of the Hebrew names.
The people on the Help Chat were very helpful and did all they could - to no avail!