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3 Stars Out Of 5
Nice Bible, but poor commentary
July 15, 2014
This is a very attractive, well-constructed Bible, and it has many of the nice features not always available in compact Bibles, like a ribbon marker, paragraphs for each verse, a good concordance, maps, and red-lettering. It also has introductions to each of the books at the major divisions of the Bible (the Pentateuch, Historical, Poetical and Wisdom, etc.), but these commentaries were written in such a way that I am afraid they would undermine someone's faith. Take for example the second paragraph in the introduction to the letters of Paul:
"We can learn from Paul's letters a great deal about Paul's faith and his understanding of what Jesus Christ means for the life of the ordinary Christian. We can learn some of the problems that churches and persons were facing because of their faith and what Paul said was an answer to the problems. We can learn a lot about Paul as a person and how faith can help us as persons."
The commentator subtly denies the inspiration of Scripture by calling it "Paul's faith" and saying we can learn about Paul instead of God speaking through Paul. A similar anti-supernatural bias appears in that the author never acknowledges that the Bible predicts the future. Here is the first two sentences of the introduction to the Prophets:
"Prophets in Israel were persons who proclaimed and interpreted the actions of God in the events of history. They try to keep alive the memory of the Exodus and reinterpret the meaning of the ancient faith for new times, to declare God's will (based on the Sinai covenant) in national crises."
The author similarly omits to mention any miracles recorded in the Bible (with the exception of the creation and the resurrection).
This Bible has all the features I was looking for.
January 17, 2014
Pembroke Pines, FL
I wanted a Bible that fits easily in my purse, and this one fits the bill. As a bonus, the soft butterscotch colored cover is very attractive and seems well made, so far. I keep the Bible in the cardboard sleeve it came in which protects it while getting jiggled around in my purse. The print is very small as would be expected in a compact Bible, but my reading glasses take care of that. Also contains a nice small concordance and 4 double-sided pages of maps in the back (total of 8 maps), all at a great price!
This bible was just what I wanted for bringing with me to bible study and church - much more convenient than my very large, beloved study bible.
The pages are very thin so as to be such a slim volume, and print is quite small, but for young eyes it is no problem. For a comparison, the print is a size or two smaller than a Gideon New Testament, and the Gideon NT is roughly two thirds the thickness of the NKJV Ultraslim.
While it has a fair amount of cross references and alternate translations (notes), there simply is not room for explanatory notes (as I expected, given its size). However, it boasts an impressive concordance for its size - 52 pages! Plus 8 pages of maps in the back.
The cover is actually a rich butterscotch tone, not the duller camel in the picture of the product