1 Stars Out Of 5
A Paraphrase in Sheep's Clothing
August 31, 2014
The C.E.B. is supposedly a translation. But, a mere skimming of its contents belie that claim. It is a paraphrase and, like paraphrases, what you read is filtered through the biases of the editors. Two key objectives were realized at the expense of translation precisions: gender neutrality and wordings deemed "acceptable" across a wide spectrum of denominational beliefs. Furthermore, the sponsors of this effort are all denominations which have backed away from any claims that the Bible is THE authoritative basis for Christian beliefs & practices; many in the denominations backing this effort have relegated significant parts of the Bible to myths, allegories, legends and have bought into completely the 'documentary hypothesis' and the denigration of many prophetic books as late-dated historical accounts after the fact. Furthermore, the editors of this effort have relied wholeheartedly on the Hort-Wescott efforts which are seriously flawed - as were the authors themselves. (Any serious research into these authors makes you wonder why anyone would take their outputs without reservations.) It also relies completely on the Codexes (Sinaiticus & Vaticanus) to the exclusion of the Textus Receptus which can be argued is a superior starting point for a precise NT translation.
A Bible student ought to have a couple of study Bibles. I would, however, recommend study Bibles be chosen among the following: KJV, NKJV, ESV, NASB and HCSB. Though no extant Bible translation can be an exact translation of the original autographs (because no complete copies exist), superior translation committees guided by The Holy Spirit can offer spiritually inerrant translations of God's Word. But, that requires using the best translators and objective editors NOT a group bound together by objectives that do not include rendering a precise translation based on all the best sources.
The C.E.B. meets its objectives. Unfortunately those objectives do not include publishing a Bible that is a faithful rendering of what was originally inspired by the Holy Spirit.