More than 400 persons in 77 reading groups from 13 denominations provided feedback to the translators of the Common English Bible. In addition, thousands of church leaders have examined portions of the translation.
I don’t know how many times I have read the Gospel of Matthew. Scores? Hundreds? Reading this clear and energetic translation has given me insights into the text and perspectives on Jesus I have never had before. I anxiously await the publication of the full Bible and look forward to sharing it widely. This is an exceptionally readable Bible that we will all want to "take and read."
~~Cynthia M. Campbell, President, McCormick Theological Seminary
Our reading group was transformed by this experience of reading and commenting on the Common English Bible. It’s significant that people from age 15 to 85 were so fired up by reading the translation.
~~Eileen Parfrey, Springwater Presbyterian Church, Estacado, Oregon
I am impressed! As time goes by, as I continue to read, I get more impressed! I am very pleased to see such a high quality translation coming out of this group! And one of the things that is impressing me the most is that they have taken a different approach to making a Bible in current English. Instead of assuming that the common English-speaking people are a simple people who require a simple translation, they have chosen to make a Bible in the common English as spoken by educated English-speakers. They are not "dumbing it down."
I am reading Genesis and I have to tell you that this is very good. It has made it where I have understood a lot that I didn't before. I actually love it and will definitely read the whole thing.
~~Charles Sutherland, ET Lowe, Nashville, Tennessee
Thank you for the opportunity to review the Common English Bible. As a child I initially began studying the Bible while using the King James Version. It is in fact my favorite translation. I had the opportunity to read through the Gospel of Matthew with an emphasis on my favorite verses. I look forward to purchasing a copy of the CEB as soon as possible.
~~Minister Pamela Turner, Chicago, Illinois
I really like the new translation. I'm pleased with its simplicity and style, and I love the new typesetting, especially the font and size choice. This is going to be a welcome contribution to the church.
I have read the Common English Translation of the book of Matthew. I was impressed with its integrity to the truth of the scriptures. I have no problem with a translation being in the common vocabulary of today's culture. In fact, I recommend it highly. Years ago I heard a man say, "The best translation of the Bible is the one you will read." This translation will certainly assist the average person in understanding the message of the Bible.
~~Dr. Ken Riggs, Administrator, Pleasant View Christian School