Nowadays, there are many different versions of Bibles; Teen Bible, Womans Bible, Golfers Bible, Green Bible, Apologetics Bible, etc. The [expanded] Bible: New Testament published by Thomas Nelson is not some tired specialty Bible. Rather, it is an indispensable tool for studying Sacred Scripture while you read. With The [expanded] Bible, there is no need to look in the margins for notes or scripture references; they are all contained within the text. The main feature of the Bible is that rather than being at the mercy of a particular translation, the reader has a choice to see the various options for translating a word or phrase and judging which is most suitable. Its like having a KJV, NIV, RSV all in one. It is the perfect tool for a priest or pastor who wants to compare translations without having to lay out several different Bibles in order to do so. The [expanded] Bible is also ideal for the everyday Christian who wants to get the most out of Scripture. As you read along it points out typology and Old Testament references that the average reader might not be familiar with. And while there is no substitute for reading Scripture in its original language, it is perfect for conveying the meanings of words for one who does not have knowledge of Greek. My only criticism of The [expanded] Bible is that the way it is set up can make it laborious to read at first, but once you get familiar with the different translations side by side, it becomes more of a help than a hindrance. Also, it uses a modified version of the New Century Version translation as the base text. For my tastes, I would have preferred a more literal-formal equivalence translation as the base and then have the idiomatic-functional equivalence translation in the expansion.Overall, I would definitely recommend it as a great way to increase biblical literacy and understanding.-Member of Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger Program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/
The Expanded Bible, New Testament by Thomas Nelson is simple to read and the expanded material gives a deeper meaning to the text. However, it is not a new concept. Although similar to The Lockman Foundations, Amplified Bible, The Expanded Bible is not a new translation it uses the New Century Version translation as its base text, which is an easy to read and understand Bible version. The Contributing Scholars then expanded upon the meaning of the text. For instance, look at my example for the word dog [canine, four-legged animal]. What use does this Bible have? Since this is not a literal translation, I would not recommend it for serious Bible study. With that said it is still a useful tool for personal devotional study. In addition, The Expanded Bible would be useful to a new believer due to the clarity of the translation and easy to read notes. *Note I received a free copy of this Bible for being a member of Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger program. Find more info here http://brb.thomasnelson.com/
Its certainly nothing against this particular type of Bible, but I couldnt stand using this version. I tried to consult it several times in different situations. Between my own personal study and using it during church and for our college-age class, I still found it dreadful. I imagine that if youre comfortable with the Amplified version of the Bible, you may also like this one, because theyre set up similarly. Instead of having sections blocked off at the bottom of the page for commentary, the commentary is instead inserted directly into the text. This made it very difficult to follow and read aloud, when necessary.Truthfully, the awkward textual situation would not have bothered me so much if the information within the brackets was actually [relevant] to what I was looking for in a study Bible! Instead of being historical information, or information to help you better understand the context of what youre reading, the contents of the brackets mainly consisted of synonyms for the word that preceded them. Talk about pointless! It was incredibly difficult for me to grasp and accept the fact that about 95% of whats bracketed is just synonyms that I could have come up with on my own. Additionally, many of the citations to other scripture that Ive found reference the Old Testament! Im happy that they still made the connection, but it does very little good referencing the Old Testament when this Bible does not contain any part of it!I would not recommend this Bible to anyone thats serious about getting into the scripture and its context.
I received the Expanded Bible: New Testament from Thomas Nelson publishers as a book reviewing blogger. I expected this Bible to be a great study aid since it offers extra study tools within the text (literal, traditional, and variations of word meanings). I think the idea behind this study Bible was noble, but unfortunately the delivery of information was confusing and hindered my scripture reading. The extra information was included within the New Century Version text, not as side or footnotes.I read the book of Ephesians for my review, and spent the first chapter of the book trying to train my mind to skip over the inserted (expanded) text. It felt like there was a synonym for every other word in the text. I gave this Bible two stars simply because it is the Holy Scripture.