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Complete Jewish Bible : An English Version of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and B'Rit Hadashah (New Testament) Paperback – June 1, 1998
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The Complete Jewish Bible shows that the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, is a unified Jewish book, meant for everyone--Jew and non-Jew alike. --This text refers to the Bonded Leather edition.
About the Author
David H. Stern, born in Los Angeles in 1935, is the great-grandson of two of the city's first twenty Jews. He earned a Ph.D. in economics at Princeton University and was a professor at UCLA. In 1972 he came to faith in Yeshua the Messiah. He then received a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, did graduate work at the University of Judaism, and was active in the Messianic Jewish movement. In 1979 the Stern family made aliyah (immigrated to Israel); they now live in Jerusalem. Dr. Stern authored the "Messianic Jewish Manifesto". His highly acclaimed English translation, the "Jewish New Testament," restores the New Testament's Jewishness. His "Jewish New Testament Commentary" discusses the many Jewish issues found in the New Testament. His fresh translation, the "Complete Jewish Bible", expresses the unity of the Tanakh ("Old Testament") and the B'rit Hadashah ("New Testament"). This outstanding, scholarly work offers Bible readers a thorough, biblically Jewish version of God's word.
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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.
However, the Kindle edition is nearly unusable as a Bible. At the front, there is a linkable Table of Contents. But once you click on a book, it takes you straight to the front of that book, for example Isaiah. Most electronic Bibles then have links to each chapter of the book so that one can navigate through the Bible. I wanted to go to Isaiah 40, but the link left me at Isaiah 1. The only remedy is to then page through to chapter 40 or try to find with the position slider (which is more miss than hit).
I was REALLY excited when I downloaded this Bible. I was REALLY disappointed and returned it the next morning.
Please, please reformat this translation properly for use on the Kindle. And I eagerly await the Kindle edition of the Jewish New Testament Commentary: A Companion Volume to the Jewish New Testament.
David Stern's translation of the "New" Testament is particularly intriguing--especially the way he handles the hundreds of quotations from the Hebrew scriptures used by NT writers is useful to researchers. I found that this work makes it nearly impossible to escape noticing that the Greek books of the bible are as Hebrew in thought as the so-called "Old" Testament.
If you are a bible lover, this version deserves a place on your bookshelf.