I am very pleased with the Common English Bible I purchased. It is very readable and understandable. I had previously been using an NIV Bible. I've found there isn't a great difference, but compare passages fequently. My main reason for this purchase is that our Sunday School Quarterly is using the CEB this quarter, and I felt it would help me to more or less "be on the same page" with their printed material.
The Common English Bible offers a translation that is easy to read and is sure to appeal to the average believer who wants to enjoy God's word conveyed in every day language. From my perspective, this version appears to be an accurate, faithful version of the Bible, similar to the NIV or KJV. Passages that I've read in the NIV that I had to read a few times to understand were much more easily grasped in the Common English Bible. I especially plan on using this Bible with my children, as it is written in such an accessible manner. When I considered my favourite passages, I was quite pleased for the most part. For example, Jeremiah 29:11-12 reads "I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you". I love how this promise is conveyed in this version. However, I felt that some verses were not rendered as well as in others, such as Phillipians 2:9-10 where it speaks of God giving Jesus the name above every other name so that at his name "everyone in heaven, on earth, and under the earth might bow" (CEB), instead of the strong language used in the NIV where it states everyone "will bow". While I know that in the end it is conveying the same promise of what is to occur in the future, I simply prefer the NIV for some passages.
Overall, however, I am greatly enjoying reading through the CEB and strongly recommend it for readers looking to purchase the Bible for the first time. 4 out of 5 stars.
A copy of the Bible has been provided courtesy of the publisher & the B & B Media group for the purposes of this unbiased review.
The Common English Bible is a new bible translation that is relevant, readable and reliable. Completely new, the Common English Bible is not simply a revision of an existing translation. This is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of readers in today's language. At first, you might think a "modern language bible" would be more like The Message, or even the Good News bible, something watered down so that it can be easily understood with a fifth grade reading level. That is not what this is.
The CEB is the combined effort of 120 bible scholars from 22 denominations and the members of over 70 reading groups who orchestrated a huge translation event to create a bible that is both accurate in translation while at the same time being readable in modern English.
With so many translations available, why do we need another translation? Well, cultural and religious settings have changed dramatically; even modern worship affects the words we use in our churches. In today's culture, language is changing even faster because of the computer age. All of these changes, plus countless others are so impacting that a completely new translation of the Bible becomes necessary.
Here is Genesis 1:1-2 from the popular NIV
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
_and here it is again from the CEV
When God began to create the heavens and the earthÃ¢â¬âthe earth was without shape or form, it was dark over the deep sea, and God's wind swept over the waters_
Here is the Lord's prayer from Matthew 6:9-13 in the CEV
Pray like this:
Our Father who is in heaven,
uphold the holiness of your name.
Bring in your kingdom
so that your will is done on earth as it's done in heaven.
Give us the bread we need for today.
Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you,
just as we also forgive those who have wronged us.
And don't lead us into temptation,
but rescue us from the evil one.
I like this translation a lot and look forward to reading more of it. I think for those who are hard core word-for-word supporters, will find that reading the CEB from the pulpit will be much more attractive than reading the Message or the NLT.
A unique feature of "The Common English Bible" is the collaboration of 120 biblical scholars from 24 denominations in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities in cooperation with representation from academic institutions including Asbury Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Bethel Seminary, Denver Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Wheaton College, Yale University, and many others. The translation is directly from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts.
The work includes an association of five major Christian publishers. More than 500 readers representing over 70 groups field tested and provided feedback prior to publication.
"The Common English Bible" is:
Ã¢â¬Â¢ A fresh readable translation for a new generation of cross denominational readers
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Academically accurate
Ã¢â¬Â¢ Endorsed by respected Christian leaders, seminary professors, and pastors
Features especially like include:
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The handy size and quality Bible paper
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The user friendly format with topical headings and clearly defined chapter breaks
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The easy to read font with a balance of white background space for easy reading
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The easy to locate footnotes
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The detailed color maps
Preliminary sales indicate a broad base of acceptance and insure the popularity of "The Common English Bible." An ideal translation for church worship, personal Bible study and devotional reading.
I received a complimentary copy of this item for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.