April 30, 2009 | Comments Off
If you like the Amplified Bible, you’ll be delighted to learn that Thomas Nelson is publishing The [expanded] Bible in August. It offers many of the features you love in The Amplified, and then some. Using in text notations, it shows the expansions [ ]; alternate [or]; a more literal rendering of the original language allowing the reader to see why translations make varying choices signaled by [L]; traditional, providing familiar terms and well-known renderings from past translations, especially those in the King James tradition signaled by [T ]; and comments providing historical, cultural, theological, or other explanatory information to help readers better understand a verse or passage signaled by a [C]. In addition, it offers cross-references and textual variants. While it’s a little awkward to read, it is a wonderful one-stop option for Bible study. I can see the value of having it as I lead Bible studies and small groups, giving the benefits of several commentaries and making me look pretty smart!
For a limited time, Thomas Nelson is offering a FREE PDF of the entire New Testament so you can test it before it’s published. They are also offering free print copies to the first 200 people who post or comment on their blogs. I hope I’m one of those! Seriously, get your copy and let me know what you think.