Book Review:: The Expanded Bible: New Testament

13 Oct

As a Bible study leader and avid student of the Word, I am always looking for resources that will enhance my understanding of Scripture—The Expanded Bible: New Testament (Thomas Nelson) is definitely one of those resources.  Using a modified New Century Version (NCV) translation of the Bible, scholars Dr. Tremper Longman, Dr. Mark L. Strauss, and Dr. Daniel Taylor have put together a Bible that allows readers to learn as they study the Bible.  The goal, according to the introduction in the Bible, is to show readers that the Bible is rich, multi-layered, and profound.

Here’s how The Expanded Bible: New Testament works.  The basic NCV text is in bold text and accompanied by a series of markers, which include—Expansion (other possibilities for translations), Alternate (a translations that puts a completely different spin on the “base text”), Literal (a more “literal rendering of the original text”) Traditional (how the text has been understood in older translations), Comment (historical, cultural, or theological information pertaining to the text).  These markers can aid in word studies, Bible study preparation, and satisfy language buffs who want to know what the original text actually says.

While I have few complaints about The Expanded Bible, some readers may find the NCV translation a bit too conversational and the markers hard to use.  While I wouldn’t use this Bible as my main study Bible or tote it to church with me, it is a useful tool, especially for individuals who want to dig deeply into the Word of God.

All that’s really left to say is this—Thomas Nelson, where’s my Old Testament version of The Expanded Bible?

*This review is part of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers Program.*

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No Responses to “Book Review:: The Expanded Bible: New Testament”

  1. Danny Kam October 13, 2009 at 4:16 PM #

    I personally just prefer bible software that does all of these things and more. I tend to think these bibles are too clunky for our contemporary digital age.

    • Amy October 13, 2009 at 6:09 PM #

      Oh, but I so enjoy the feel of paper and smell of books. Yeah, I’m weird. 🙂

  2. Wayne Hastings October 14, 2009 at 8:39 AM #

    Thanks for your review of the Expanded Bible. I am involved with the project and can tell you we’re working hard on the Old Testament. It should be out in 2011 – you can’t rush something like this.

    • Amy October 14, 2009 at 9:21 AM #

      You’re welcome, Wayne! I’m excited for the OLD TESTAMENT version, but I understand you want to ensure accuracy! 🙂

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