Category: Bible Reviews

Commentaries on Genesis 1-3

Commentaries on Genesis 1-3 by Severain of Gabala and Bede the Venerable from Intervaristy Press is part of their Ancient Christian Texts series. This edition, focusing on the Hexameron- the Six Days of Creation, is the English translation of Severian of Gabala’s In Cosmogoniam and Book 1 of Bede the Venerable’s Libri Quatuor in Principium Genesis. Severian was an early fifth-century bishop in Syria. He is very dramatic in his writing style and he tends to over explain dramatically. Severain refers to the writings of Chrysostom when dealing with Creation and the Fall. Severain does warn against interpreting the Creation of Man as anthropomorphic. In other words, God does not literally have hands and feet, but created man in His spiritual image. Bede the Venerable was a scholar from Anglo-Saxon England. Bede’s method of interpretation consists of two senses, the literal and the spiritual. He deals with history and the sciences of geography, geology and astronomy, but his method of interpretation is to look at how the text teaches about Jesus and the Church. Intervarsity Press has provided another excellent translation of ancient Christian texts into English. A look at the thoughts of early writers gives us a better understanding of how doctrine and traditions have developed over the years. I recommend Commentaries on Genesis 1-3 by Severain of Gabala and Bede the Venerable as well as all Ancient...

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Review: KJV TakeNote Bible

Review by Jonathan Ammon of Bible Reading Project The KJV TakeNote Bible (also available in a chocolate brown NKJV), a new wide-margin journaling Bible from Thomas Nelson, takes the grand old King James version and places it into a widely accessible journaling format for note taker’s and Bible lover’s. Though Crossway’s 2006 journaling Bible wasn’t the first on the scene (see Tyndale’s out of print Notemaker’s Bible) it made a splash in the Bible publishing world that took wide-margins further into the mainstream and introduced a format that appealed to avid note maker’s but didn’t intimidate the occasional scribbler. Thomas Nelson applied the philosophy behind the user friendly wide margin format and added a few improvements to make their TakeNote editions, which maximize current trends and advancements in Bible publishing. The most immediately noticeable feature of the Bible is its incredibly soft and flexible imitation leather cover. This is by far the best imitation leather cover I’ve handled. It’s both softer and more flexible than Crossway’s TruTone and features a handsome pebble grain finish. I was surprised by the suppleness, which easily performs the yoga position and allows the Bible to bend easily. It’s actually more supple than  some of the goatskin Bibles I’ve handled, and while this may not be a must for every reader it’s a great benefit when you have an edition that’s 7.5 inches wide...

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Moms Bible, God’s Wisdom for Mothers, NCV

Moms Bible, God’s Wisdom for Mothers is a New Century Version Study/Devotional Bible that contains notes written to lead and guide mothers in her walk with God and in strengthening her relationship with her children. The Bible works to firmly establish in the minds of mothers how crucial their unique position of mom really is. Some of the features include book introductions, special sections that include articles, and a topical index. The special sections are interesting. It contains a very well written introductory paragraph on the topics of Creation, evolution, and science. Verses for meditation are highlighted. The notes are by far the best feature of this Bible. Most of the questions and answers are really good- short and sweet, and to the point. The hard cover seems sturdy. The fonts are nice and readable. I’m not sure of this font-size, but it looks like 8-point. I don’t really like how the New Century Version reads. If the goal was to go with a modern version I would have preferred the New King James. Some verses, such as Isaiah 9:6, lose impact. This Bible suggests that you should write notes in the margin of your Bible, but the margins are too small to write notes of any significance. The floral printing in the margin is pretty, but it would have been better to have a slightly larger, clear margin...

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1 & 2 Timothy and Titus by Tyndale

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus is part of Tyndale’s Life Application Bible Studies series. It contains 13 lessons, study notes, and the complete NLT text for all three books. The study notes are from the Life Application Study Bible and include background, history, geography, and culture. The book begins with an introduction to the NLT. It then discusses the Life Application Study Bible and its features, explaining why it is unique in how it helps readers to apply God’s word to their lives including explanation (explaining the passage), the bridge (relevance for today), and application (applying the passage to your life). Next is the complete NLT text and notes for each of the three books. These look as if they’re taken directly from the Life Application Study Bible and include notes, references, maps, outlines, and more. This is a very easy text to read and the notes are thoughtful, applicable, and well-written. Next is a study guide. The study guide leads you in using the lessons. There are 13 lessons and they include topics such as leadership, building a strong foundation, prayer, training leaders, setting a good example, respecting others, money, character, devotion, being spiritual, building courage, etc. Each lesson is tied to a specific passage with notes and includes from 12 to 20 questions to answer. The questions are designed to make you think about the passages...

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Begat the King James Bible and the English Language by David Crystal

The King James Version is celebrating its 400th anniversary (1611-2011). In the past 400 years, the King James Version (KJV) has made a great impact on the English language. David Crystal, in his book Begat The King James Bible and the English Language, shows just how much the KJV has affected our language and gives many examples of words and phrases that are in our common in our daily speech. I’ve read the KJV for many years and I was still amazed at how much of our language comes straight from the KJV. Crystal covers words and phrases such as “let there be light”, “my brother’s keeper”, “two by two”, “thou shalt not”, “out of the mouth of babes”, “heal thyself”, “sowing seeds”, “fly in the ointment”, “seeing the light”, “nothing new under the sun”, “begat”, and many, many more. Crystal discusses how these words and phrases have affected our modern usage of language and the impact they’ve had on developing the English language. Crystal includes a comparison to other old English translations, which in itself is a fine comparative study. He further notes the importance and contributions of translators such as Wycliffe and Tyndale, among others. Crystal does a great job of showing how the King James Bible played an essential role in ‘begetting’ the English language. Highly recommended.   Oxford University Press provided this free review copy....

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