Common English Bible jumps into top 10

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  1. go2church

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    In just three months the Common English Bible has jumped into the top 10 of bible sales. Pretty interesting considering it has only been out for 3 months.

    http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/2058718502.html

    This is unit sales and I don't know that it means anything in the long term but I do plan on reading this version for devotional reading this year. Should be interesting.

    On a side note - it is just shocking to me that the NKJV ranks number 3! Really?
     
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    Looks good, I'll have to get one and read through it.
     
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    Any one know what type of Bible it is? Formal, DE, paraphrased etc?

    What other version comparable to it?
     
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  5. Martin Marprelate

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    'Nuff said, I think. That's another £20 or so that I don't need to spend.

    Yes, absolutely shocking! It deserves to be No. 1.

    Steve
     
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    It is not formal, nor a true paraphrase. When I read the NT earlier this year I found it reminiscent to the CEV or NCV. The TEV, God's Word, and the ISV are likely pretty similar to it also.
     
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    The translation has its defects as I pointed out when the thread first started. However, it may also be a boon to certain readers who otherwise would not be in the habit of reading the Bible. Also, it might be a good supplement to our main versions of preference.

    The Twentieth Century New Testament (1898,1900,1901,1904)was comprised of a fairly liberal Christian group (politically too). Yet it was a commendable translation overall despite the fact that it had laymen and laywomen on the loosely-assembled team.

    Give it some time. It might prove to have some value in the long run.
     
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    Why should that be shocking? Do you, like Steve (Martin Marprelate) feel it should be higher, or are you shocked that it is as high as number 3?
     
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    I don't want to put words in go2church's mouth,but he is most likely surprised that the NKJV is ranked as high as #3. I am frankly puzzled that it apparently sells so well also.
     
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    I recently bought a Common English Bible and will read it using a one-year Bible reading plan and see what it's like. I read a different version each year. :thumbs:
     
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    Surprised that it is as high as three. It's a strange mix of old and older.
     
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    You have that right. I think some of the translators did not really adhere to a belief that the TR was a sound textual basis for a translation.

    I don't know why so much emphasis was placed on tradition rather than on clarity and accuracy.
     
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    Ye$, I think you do.
     
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    Dont know, as the Bible researcher had the NASB as the BEST version to study from IF using CT texts, and NKJV as second best one to use for serious study!
     
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    #2, right behind the KJV and I am not KJVO, just particular!
     
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    actually, for 'serious study" should be:
    nasb
    Esv/Nkjv
    HCSB
    Niv 2011
     
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    I don't see how one could consider a dynamic equivalence version like NIV and HCSB appropriate for serious study. A comparison of the NASB [or the KJV, or the NKJV, or the ESV] with the NIV or the HCSB should indicate how difficult that would be.
     
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    think that both the HCSB and the NIV 2011 would be fine for bible studies, as both would be seen as being the more conservative branch of the "Mediating" translations, and personally think that the ESV is mainly hyped by Christians, as it is harder to read than either HCSB/NIV, and not as accurate as the NASB/NKJV!
     
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    Happy to see among all your other expertise you are an expert in both Greek and Hebrew! I am indeed humbled!
     
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    i am NOT qualified to be an 'expert" in either greek/hebrew, as one old instructors said that after 20 years working in the greek, now able to actually know something!

    My impressions on the ESV mainly from my pastor, who has now 2 earned Doctorates, one in pastoral ministry, other in NT Theology!

    he would qualify as one of those so called 'experts!"
     

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