Author: Matthew Sherro

The Bible as a Work of Art: Review of Caloca Bible Rebinds and Matts Thompson Chain

Exodus 31 (KJV) 31 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: 3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, 4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, 5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. Not typically the way that you would open a review but...

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New Oxford Annotated Bible Review

    (There are two version of the New Oxford Annotated Bible (NOAB) that are available, NOAB 4th Edition in NRSV, both with and without Deuterocanonical/Apocryphal books and the NOAB Expanded Edition in the RSV)  Before we get into the review, some technical information: Product Information Type: Ecumenical/General Reference/Academic/Seminary-Grade Text Translation Choices: NRSV (NOAB 4th Edition) and RSV (NOAB Expanded Edition) ISBN for NOAB 4th Edition: 9780195289558 ISBN for NOAB Expanded Edition 9780195283488 Number of Pages (NOAB 4th Edition) 2416 Number of Pages (NOAB Expanded Edition) 1904 Features Wholly revised, and greatly expanded book introductions and annotations Annotations in...

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Reformation Heritage Study Bible: The Ultimate Reformed Study Aid

This is the most impressive study Bible that I have seen since the release of the ESV Study Bible, and that says quite a bit. It is as close to the perfect “Reformed” study Bible that you can get. In terms of content, there are only two perceived deficiencies, both of which I will address right away and both of which will not be a problem to most Reformed Theology Adherents: As is a frequent point of contention for me, I would like to see wider margins. The 2nd perceived deficiency is that the London Baptist Confession is not listed in the Creeds and Confessions session. (This is understandable because most reformed churches are Presbyterian in their church polity and given the presence of the Three Forms of Unity, this Bible is designed for those in the Continental Reformed tradition.) That being said, neither of my gripes actually detracts from this amazing Bible What makes this one of the best study Bibles available? Creeds and Confessions The Creeds and Confessions section follows the text of the Bible and, after the Bible Text itself, this is the most important feature. For those who are new to Reformed Theology, this is absolutely where you want to start; if you are not new to Reformed Theology, this will be an excellent refresher. The Creeds and Confessions section includes the following: Apostle’s Creed...

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Schuyler Bibles’ Quentel NASB Bible: The Very Best You Can Get

In a world where quality continues to plummet, Schuyler Bibles has set a new standard of excellence both in product and service. If I managed a Bible publisher I would definitely pay close attention to Schuyler Bibles. So what makes a Schuyler Quentel so great? There are a few answers to that question, and to show why the Quentel is, deservedly, the best you can buy, we will also take a look at the other premium Bibles that I own, the NASB In Touch Ministries Edition Note Takers Bible (Foundation Publications), the NASB Side Column Reference Bible (Foundation Publications)...

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Complete Jewish Bible/NIV 2011 Side by Side Reference Bible: An Interesting Paraphrase meets English’s dominant Version.

Around 2008, I was in Berean (now Lifeway) Christian Store and found a most interesting book on the shelf, one of those one of these things is not like the other books that grabbed my attention and insisted that it come home with me. It was called the Complete Jewish Bible. It was not at all what I expected and that is neither bad nor good; it simply is… The Translation: CJB Complete Jewish Bible (hereafter called CJB) is a very interesting version. I will not call it a translation, because Dr. Stern, the “translator” does not and goes so far as to admit that, at least the Old Testament, is a cross between a paraphrase and a translation (see page xiv of the Introduction to CJB). I am not sure what  you would call it; I call it somewhat problematic at the least; if it is a translation, lets make it clear, if a paraphrase let’s make that clear too. CJB is most definitely not a formal equivalence translation by any stretch of the imagination. That is not, per se, a negative. Dynamic Equivalence and Paraphrases both have a well deserved place in any student’s library because they help you to gather a better overall sense of what is being communicated. There are some problems with CJB one or two of which are quite glaring. Lets look at...

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