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- Item Weight : 3.7 pounds
- Hardcover : 2528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0842355707
- ISBN-13 : 978-0842355704
- Dimensions : 6.88 x 2 x 9.5 inches
- Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Har/Psc edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
The NLT Study Bible would be more useful if it displayed the name of the book and the chapter number on each page within each chapter.
Navigation to and from a point would be much easier. Currently, the reader has to either scroll back any number of pages to see which chapter they are reading and it's often necessary to scroll back even further to get the name of the the book of the Bible that you are reading from. This is sometimes anoying, especially, if the reader needs to go to a cross referenced scripture and then return to the previous place in the Bible. Perhaps this navigation issue can be addressed in furture updates to the NLT Study Bible.
Overall, the NLT Study Bible is a great resource. I would recommend it to anyone who is serious about studying God's word.
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A good way to find the links in Gods word, helping you to see how the new and the old link up.
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The NLT is very pleasant to read. I like the tags on key words and the built in word study. A lot of people would not think of the NLT has a study bible but more of a general reading bible but I like the accessibility and think it would be particularly useful to new Christians or those coming to the bible for the first time. The NLT is one of the top selling translations and I can see why. Excellent version.