- Hardcover: 1340 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 2nd ed. edition (September 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414322038
- ISBN-13: 978-1414322032
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
From the Back Cover
On our own we are little more than bits of stone and glass . . . . . . Together we are the Body of Christ. A living mosaic of believers, spanning the centuries and crossing the globe. This mosaic is larger than all of us, yet when we claim the name of Christ, we add our bits to help complete the picture. Join us on a journey of transforming discovery. Explore a few of the pieces of the picture with us. Holy Bible: Mosaic is unlike any Bible that you have held before. It is an invitation to encounter Christ both through his word and in the responses of his people. Each week as you read and reflect on God's Word through guided Scripture readings appropriate to the church seasons, you will also encounter a wealth of insight from the church, including: Full-color artwork that will engage your soul Contemporary and historical writings Prayers, hymns, and poems for devotional reflection Space for your response to God's promptings Opportunity to add your responses to the community at _______________ Add your tile to the mosaic. You're holding the Holy Bible, New Living Translation. An authoritative Bible translation, rendered faithfully into today's English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars. The NLT's scholarship and clarity breathe life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages-but even more powerful are stories of how people's lives are changing as the words speak directly to their hearts. That's why we call it "The Truth Made Clear."
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The bible lays flat when it is open, for the most part, but I imagine that with just a little use, it will be able to stretch.
The Scriptures themselves are, of course, the NLTse from 2007 (which saw the translation become steadily more literal, without sacrificing clarity, than the 1996 translation), and generally left alone. By which, I mean, that unlike other bibles, the devotional materials are placed in the front. In my opinion, this helps to elevate the Scriptures themselves, as something perfect, with no added detail, and is a feature, I believe, could be looked for in future bibles. The Scriptures open with a note to the readers and the standard Introduction to the New Living Translation as well as the bible translation team. From what I can see, this is pretty standard fare for the NLT bibles. This bible, however, has a center column reference system (and note to the readers). It is scientific, pointed, with the cross references, as many other bibles have, pointing to relevant passages.
The Scriptures contain footnotes, which date back to the King James Version of 1611, containing marginal readings and notes on such things as variant readings. After the Scriptures is Tyndale's NLT Word Study System, an update to the Strong's numbering system. After a brief overview and introduction to using the system, the reader is left to examine 100 Hebrew and 100 Greek key words, complete with transliteration, a brief definition, and examples of use from the Scriptures. Accompanying this, of course, is the NLT Dictionary and Concordance for various words. While the concordance is not exhaustive, it is 108 pages long, which should more than satisfy most search attempts.
The Scriptures are presented on thin bible paper, which may make it difficult for note taking, but India paper pens should work without bleed through. Further, and this is a solid plus for this undertaking, the Scriptures are presented in all black lettering, removing any complaints about the quality red ink and the complaint that red letters somehow diminish the rest of Scriptures.
The Mosaic material is roughly one-third of the bible itself, and grouped together at the front of the book. It is printed on a medium-size thickness, with a slight yellow-tinge, paper. The artwork found through this material is well done, and preserved without the `copied' look. Only four pages of this material is used up in introducing the Mosaic material.
My initial reaction to this bible, once in hand, has been strictly positive. It is a bible which fits well in hand and in the heart. Further, the Mosaic material cannot, should not, be categorized as `devotional.' Rightly so, the Tyndale team who created it calls the weekly material `meditations.'
The Mosaic material acknowledges the One Body of Christ, but with different voices - across time and the world. We must not continue to think of the Church as a wholly North American enterprise, but one which is built upon Christ, a 1st century Palestinian Jew, as the chief cornerstone, and the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, themselves a range of Palestinian Jews to Hellenized Jews, carried on throughout the centuries by every race, nationality, tribe, gender, known to God Above. Just as the bible has different voices within it, Christianity speaks with the voices of Africans, Europeans, Asians, and even you and me. The Mosaic honors these voices which have interacted with Christianity, and who have been changed by it.
There are ways in which to use the weekly meditations. First, liturgically. The Church of Jesus Christ is not an individualistic endeavor, but one which we all participate in. By allowing the weekly meditations to be used weekly, one can participate with others, unseen and unknown, in different ways. The calendar used is not the young Western Calender, nor the ancient Hebrew Calender, but one which begins with the Advent continuing through the celebration of the Lord's Passover in the Spring and then continued in a daily celebration of Pentecost, in which the Church `focuses on living the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit.' (M11).
Another way, as Tyndale suggests, is the thematic way. Each week is centered on a theme. These themes are highlighted throughout the text by small crosses in the index with a reference back to the Meditation. Further, as to be expected, the editors suggest finding your own path in using the material.
The week begins with a theme, such as week 1, Longing. On the left hand side is a painting, and even here, we find different voices. From Greece to Africa to modern day Americans, pieces of art showcasing the Gospel has been used to start the mediation off. There are Scriptural readings, a small devotional-style note, and a suggested Scriptural reading (which ties into the overall theme). The week is filled with quotes from various believers, including modern day theologians, the Reformers, and the Church Fathers. From Polycarp through to A.W. Pink. The complete list of the authors use can be found in the Tesserae, by week, along with the work which was quoted. The voices are many, diverse, and harmonious. Further, a Chronological Tessarae has been added. You can go from Clement I to to John Calvin, Zwingli, and Simons to Yusufu Turaki, Bosco Peters, and Mark Driscoll. The voices hale from Asia Minor and Rome in the 1st Century to Africa in the 21st.
Along with the above mentioned material, in which solid quotes abound, the weekly material includes a personal insight by a believer which fits the theme of the week. While the Mosaic has contemporary voices, the thought is historical. I have used this bible for a family devotional, and found that the weekly material has enough material for a small themed sermonette, which does not water down, but builds up in the Gospel.
The NLT is a good translation, with the goal of the truth made clear; the Mosaic promises to have you encounter Christ through voices from distant times and centuries. When you bring these two things together - a good translation and voices of Christians - when you can master the art of Scripture, it produces an item of wealth, and I am happy to recommend it to everyone, that it may enrich you somewhat.
The meditations are weekly, and they follow the church calendar (Advent through Pentecost). If you're like me, you likely haven't had much exposure to the church calendar other than with Advent, the weeks leading up to Christmas. As I've interacted with the different meditations, I've come to really appreciate the decision to link the devotional content with the flow of remembering God's work in the world. These will likely increase the power of each Christian holiday for readers.
Each weekly meditation includes a piece of artwork reflecting that week's theme, recommended scripture readings, quotes from historical or modern Christians from across the globe, space to record your own thoughts, as well as a slightly longer meditation from a contemporary Christian. I've read most of the meditations and a large sampling of the quotes. If you're the type of person who only reads one publisher or author's books and carry only the flag of your theological camp, you might find yourself frustrated about what was included.
It truly is a "mosaic," as it includes many different "pieces" of Christianity in an attempt to create a more diverse, beautiful whole. Some will appreciate this approach. Others will not. That's inevitable when you have a work that includes quotes from John Calvin, John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, Pope Paul VI, Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, Mark Driscoll, and Brian McLaren under the same umbrella. Also, the editors don't really include reasoning for why such different theological views could be included.
Personally, I enjoy the approach. I clearly don't agree with everything included, but I don't agree with everything Spurgeon said, either, and he's one of my favorites. I'm challenged by those things I disagree with, and spurred on to dig deeper into the scriptures to crystallize my views on things. Additionally, I'm reminded that we're all imperfect in our understandings, and sometimes, it's good to recognize that while many of our Christian brothers and sisters would disagree about things, we are united in Christ. I would just note that the meditations should clearly be read with discernment.
Another potentially divisive move was using the New Living Translation. I won't attempt a review of it here, as many who know much more have done so far better than I could. I'll just say this: I've been utilizing the NLT much more over the past 6 months or so, and I'm growing to appreciate it more and more. It's not perfect, clearly, and I still prefer my ESV Study Bible for deep study of the word, but for devotional reading, the NLT is quite good in its clarity and readability. Mosaic is clearly designed for devotional-type reading to bring the reader closer to God, and I think the NLT works well for this purpose.
Overall, I really like what Tyndale has done with Mosaic. I hope it will increase believers' appreciation for the ebb and flow of the Church calendar focused on God. I hope people will be sharpened and challenged by ideas they may not have encountered otherwise and appreciate some of the diversity allowed by our faith while practicing discernment at the same time. I hope the inclusion of the artwork will spark those within the church to express the creativity gifted to man by God. Most of all, I hope it will help people encounter God and drive them to the scriptures he inspired.
I think this Bible is ideal for someone who is at a Baptist, AG or other evangelical type church that is interested in following the church year. If your church follows the church year pretty accurately, you might be a little disappointed in the content. The format is incredible though.
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