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Common English Bible, (CEB) Thinline Edition, Bonded Tan-Brick Red-Deco Tone Eco Leather, by Publisher Collaboration, ISBN-13: 978-1609260118, $36.95
I wondered why readers would need another Bible translation with so many available, from the simplicity of The Message to the traditional King James translations. Then I used the Common English Bible over several days Bible readings and this is what I found.
This translation is not a revision, but a “bold new” translation whose goal is accuracy and readability. It reflects modern day language, similar to the paraphrasing of the Living Bible. Many Bible passages of dialogue use contractions, for example ‘isn’t’ for ‘is not’ which reads more like modern-day conversation. Because of the diverse collaboration, this translation is considered “denomination-neutral.”
Changes readers should be aware of:
- Strives for gender neutrality
- Changes “Son of Man” to “the Human One” in Daniel 7:13
- 1 John 3:9 “… God’s DNA…,” instead of “God’s Seed” (NIV).
However, the inclusions of detailed color maps from National Geographic, well known for topographical accuracy are exquisite and informative. This edition contains eight such detailed maps such as the Exodus, Babylon-Israel, Palestine as well as Paul’s Journeys.
However, the Common English Bible Full-Color Bible Map Guide, a stand-alone edition in its second printing, has 21 maps that show where Bible events happened, with “sidebars, timelines and photographs” an exceptional buy at $12.95. “No other Bible has partnered with National Geographic,” writes Paul Franklyn.
He also writes this translation is “…the result of large-scale collaboration between opposites,”from publishers to readers to Bible scholars from 24 denominations, to diverse multi-cultural communities. He describes how over 700 people worked together on the four year project, from conservatives, liberals, teens, and retirees, to different denominations, reading groups and ethnicities.
The Bible was field-tested with more than 500 readers in seventy-seven diverse reading groups, with each verse read aloud for clarity, continuity and with revision of confusing passages.
The Common English Bibleis available in digital besides seven print editions that includes one with the Apocrypha, which Protestants don’t believe is divinely inspired. The type is easy-to-read 9 point font with two-column, black letter text and ribbon marker.
We have almost every Bible translation available in our library and we use them all. As long as readers know their Bibles, read them with regularity, different translations never confuse, only add clarity. The Common English Bible website: http://tinyurl.com/3gudly3
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