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Life Application Study Bible NLT Imitation Leather – September 5, 2017
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So, after ranting to somebody about it, they suggested I get an application bible, which I had never heard before. Just two days into it, it's successfully KEEPING me in the bible. What I enjoy is that there's additional commentary either above or usually at the bottom of the page that explains almost EVERY verse in detail. In fact, this book is so detailed that at first, I was worried about how much of a ramble it was, but it's worth reading to help you be more intimate with God's word, and even gain a better perspective then to rely on how ignorant I was. There's so much thorough material to read that it's taking me a very long time to finish Genesis.
1) I appreciate the commentary and the additional bonus histories that may relate to the passages.
2) I appreciate the timelines (years), and even the maps given to demonstrate where an event happened.
3) It tells you who wrote each book.
4) Right at the end of each chapter, It gives guidelines/summary of who a character was; their weakness, who they are related to, and how many times they were mentioned in the bible.
5) There is red text to pinpoint Christ's dialogue. When comparing my old NIV bible to this, it didn't have that, but does have the same material; so nothing (to my knowledge so far) has been left out.
One thing I have to caution people on is be light in marking or highlighting on the pages, becuase they do bleed through the VERY paper-thin pages. So, maybe putting sticky tabs at the edge of the page may work better.
I will update as I go.
The reason I gave it 4 stars is that it may be too much of a "by the numbers" Study Bible for some people. As balanced as it is, it brings very little new to any discussion. If you are looking for a more in depth discussion of Theological ideas or if you are a Sunday School teacher this may not be right for you. I intend to use it as my everyday reading Bible, but when I want to investigate an idea more thoroughly I will use my other resources.
I am very enthusiastically recommending it, though. You will not find a better Study Bible for overall presentation.
For the King James Only people who are skeptical (or outright hostile) to all modern translations, I challenge you to find anything in this Bible that would indicate a bias towards twisting the Word of God. And I challenge you to find any place where there are any meaningful differences in meaning between this and the KJV. There are a few things that are different, but that would be owed to the fact this version was translated from older texts than were available to the King James translators.
To those who prefer modern versions, I find the NLT to be in the most pure and clear modern English. Even the NIV has passages that are rendered into somewhat archaic English. Same with the ESV and NASB which are a very solid translations, but too often their translations are rendered into English that's almost unintelligible to today's speakers.
As far as this specific edition, it is laid out beautifully. I've read the first five books of the Old Testament in this edition so far, while reading every single footnote and comment. It's a *very slow* way to read the Bible! But your understanding will be so much richer. The notes really add a lot of clarity to the text - especially in the Old Testament. There have been a few notes that I have disagreed with or was skeptical of - but that's to be expected as the footnotes aren't the Word of God. However, I haven't noticed in the cases where I've disagreed with the notes that the translators have made any attempt to mis-translate the actual Biblical text to fit into their footnoted views. If you compare their actual translations on the passages where you may be skeptical of their notes to the KJV or any reputable modern version, you won't find any difference in meaning between them.
Their notes aren't the same thing as a "commentary" - which is a good thing in my opinion. The notes mostly add contextual background which make understanding certain passages far easier... especially some of the Old Testament passages.
There are two parts to making a good Bible translation. First and foremost is accurately translating the original texts. But just as important - is translating it into the receiver language in a way that accurately conveys the original meaning of the original texts in the new language. If you translated the Bible literally word-for-word it would sound like nonsense in English. The NLT translators have done an excellent job in balancing the fine line between taking the original texts literally and accurately representing the literal meaning into English.