It's a translation quality is between the NIV and the Living or the Message with the Hebrew names of God transliterated. It's a little cumbersome to read as it appears to be translated for Biblically competent people to work thru. It's a great idea.
Knowing names of God-valuable; Duravella is lovely
July 16, 2014
Age: Over 65
I have this edition of this Bible: Names of God Bible Duravella Cover (GW) Mahogany [dark brown], Hebrew Name Design 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0800720667 (Had to really look hard for the ISBN--not on the publication page, but stamped on the back.)
I am not going to comment on the translation or organizational features of this book because other reviews have gone into that.* (see below)
This is probably the most beautiful-looking Bible I own. It's just a pleasure to behold. (a newer edition is available in the fall of 2014). The Duravella is the most authentic-looking imitation leather there is. It is smooth to the touch like high quality leather shoes. Some of the flexi-soft, leather touch, etc. are very nice (I have Bibles with those covers) but often the thread does not match the cover, and most are not as smooth. The names of God in Hebrew on the cover are really nice. The pages are kind of off-white a bit and faintly browned on the edges as if it is an old manuscript. The Bible lays flat. The gold edges are nice and shiny. Because it is so lovely I am enticed to pick it up and read.
One good feature this Bible has (Most of the God's Word Bibles are like this) is that there is only one column, making it feel that you are just reading a regular book. (In fact, it was a God's Word (GW) translation that really introduced me to the Bible; I got hooked. I since have gotten many other translations, but the one-column layout is most comfortable, not intimidating. (I STRONGLY SUGGEST A GOD'S WORD SINGLE COLUMN BIBLE, OR PERHAPS CEB SINGLE COLUMN Bible for people just starting to read the Bible. If it's an ordinary paperback it's easy to read it anywhere--on the bus or train--because it's like an ordinary book.)
*I will say that NO translation of the Bible is perfect. Gordon Fee in the book co-authored with Eldon Epp, "Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism" states that if you are doing exegesis, and don't read the Greek texts, then you should compare seven different translations.
I love this Bible, it fulfills its purpose, to acquaint the reader with the Names of God in Hebrew. The only thing is that the fonts size is a bit small for me( I'm into my old age)and have a bit of difficulty checking the verses numbers, other than that its excellent!!!!
I love , love this bible! it exceeded my expectations.I love the pronounciation key in the Bible to help me pronounce the Hebrew Names correctly. I love the information that is provided in each chapter to help me better understand the various titles and customs during that period. I would highly recommend this Bible to anyone who is interested in developing a deeper knowledge of the Word of God.