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4 Stars Out Of 5
Very nice gift Bible
April 27, 2015
As United Methodists, we decided to gift this Bible to each of our confirmands and their mentors. It is a very nice, study Bible. The CEB version is easy to read and understand. While the study notes are not in-depth nor comprehensive, they give insight to John Wesley's thoughts and disciplines.
To be sure, some of the translation doesn't have the flow that one would be used to. The term "Human One" as a name for Christ is one example. The explanation of why it's translated that way instead of "Son of Man" becomes logical and clearer. When we're used to one thing and it changes, the thing not to like is change itself. The KJV with its thees and thous reflected the way people spoke in that day. The classical sacred music we sing is fixated in our minds, regardless how accurate the translation. The CEB is easy to read and understand and, in comparison with other translations, is an excellent addition to one's library.
This is a wonderful Bible with study helps and Wesley thoughts and things from his sermons throughout. I have another CEB Study Bible, but it is hard back and very heavy. This one is much lighter and easier to carry and having thoughts from Wesley included just adds to it's richness. I also like the CEB translation very much.
I just received my copy of the Wesley Study Bible (WSB) in the new Common English Bible translation (CEB).
This Bible has all the study helps of the previously released WSB New Revised Standard Version. The book introductions, text study notes, Wesleyan Core Term articles, Life Application Articles, indexes are all present in the new CEB edition. The study notes help clarify but do not overwhelm the text. Also, a CEB Concordance has been added and the font size is larger and better than the NRSV edition (also excellent).
I can't say enough good things about this Bible which incorporates current Biblical Scholarship along with a Christ-Centered Theological (Wesleyan) reading of the text. Truly this Bible will help Christians "Love God with a warmed heart and serve God with active hands". Wesley's comments and balanced emphasis on God's grace and the need for human holiness in life leap off the page.
The Common English Bible is a fresh, new translation made by over 118 biblical scholars from 22 denominations. It unites numerous faith traditions and is both accurate and readable. I would place its readability somewhere between the New Living Translation and the New International Version. In other words, it is not as free as the NLT and more readable and fresh than the NIV.
The only improvement I would recommend for the CEB Wesley Study Bible is to release it with a sewn, durable binding as was done with the NRSV edition. Otherwise, this is a great Bible.
As John Wesley said, "God himself has condescended to teach the way: for this very end he came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price give me the Book of God!"