When first checking out this Bible (I'm a study Bible nut!), I suspected it was just another variation of the Amplified Bible. But to my very pleasant surprise it was quite different, and a superior resource Bible for study and comparison. I then realized that it was designed to eliminate the "fear factor" in going deeper into God's Word, particularly by including in one volume several excellent study aids: expansions of the text itself (with alternate translations in a read-along fashion), literal and traditional word meanings to help discover the richness of the Bible languages, comments that enhance our understanding of the history, culture and theology as well as further explanations that help us readers understand passages better, and cross references. The overarching goal is to help readers discover how translation communicates meaning, a place where many modern Christians seem to be deficient. This approach protects readers from thinking that a text can mean whatever one wants it to mean and steers us to understand that the Bible languages are rich, multi-layered and quite profound, deserving of respect to analyze the Scriptures in a thoughtful and proper way. I'm disappointed this Bible is no longer on shelves of Christian book stores. It is a rich resource, much needed in our time. I have purchased many and given out many! I also trust the three contributing scholars and tip my hat to them for this marvelous endeavor.
- Pastor Tom Vasiliow, Evangelical Friends Church Southwest
CBD put this on Cyber Sale and I thought I stumbled on a great gem! Upon receiving it indeed, I did! This will be a great resource on my study of the Word of God. To maximize its use, one has to go to the explanation of what those expansions are, e.g., L for literal translation, T for traditional, C for comment, and so forth. With proper understanding of those, this translation will become an invaluable resource in your study. The end-of-verse cross reference is a great tool too! I love it! A definite complement to a Study Bible. Its a labor of love! Thank you for making it possible and very affordable!