NET Bible

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  1. PilgrimPastor

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    Hello,

    I'm not sure if this has already been discussed in the past or not on the BB. I am curious what folks think about the NET Bible translation. www.bible.org

    I purchased the full version for E-Sword and I have really been enjoying the translation. It is particularly useful for someone like me who has exposure but not expertise in the original languages. I mostly use the NKJV for preaching and sermon preparation / study but I may find myself gradually moving toward the NET Bible.

    I am considering purchasing one in print (http://store.bible.org/category.asp?CategoryID=1&ParentID=0) and I wonder if anyone owns one. I am curious about the leather and binding quality; a true bibliophile like myself, I can't stand for poor quality leather, binding, or a poor qaulity new Bible smell for that matter :)

    The translation has been almost completely a DTS project, at least DTS professors and graduates seem to have led the way and done most of the work. Any thoughts?
     
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    I love my NET Bible...
    It is a very good quality...
    I bought mine on ebay for 20 some dollars...

    I also downloaded it from Bible.org
    I have yet to put it into e-sword.

    I love the notes. IMO, it would be a good investment...
     
  3. PilgrimPastor

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    Thanks. The more I look at them online the more I think I ought to get one in print. The E-Sword version is great, I love E-Sword too by the way :thumbs: , but I like to have the text in front of me to mark up and obviously I don't walk around the alter area with my laptop to preach from :)
     
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    Oh why not!! ? lol

    I have preached from one of those little Franklin computer bibles in the mid 90s...
    I was singing one night, and the preacher asked me to preach and that is what I had with me.. .so, I used it..

    Oh, and I used my Dell Axim handheld PC at camp one yr for campfire devotions... the backlight made it easy to read in the dark!

    I use my laptop on Sunday nights.. with e-sword on the screen when we do Bible Study... It teaches the congregation how to properly study the Bible.

    Get one... you will not regret it... it is one of the best Bibles I own...
    Sturdy too!
     
  5. Marcia

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    Pilgrim Pastor, I have a NET Bible. I got the very first edition several years ago, knowing they would revise it, which they have done, I think twice. I now have the latest one.

    I've found it very informative and helpful especially for passages that have disputed translations of certain words or phrases. They give all the views and then say why they are going with a certain one.

    The actual text of the Bible in their translation is not my favorite; I have the NET Bible mainly for the notes. Even though I don't know Hebrew or Greek, it is still possible to understand pretty much what points they are making.

    I've posted explanations from the NET Bible here on the BB from time to time.
     
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    I'm pleased with my leather bound NET, but I'm not a binding aficionado. I also concur with Tim and Marcia's other comments.
     
  7. PilgrimPastor

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    Bible Arrived!

    I received my First Edition Genuine Top Grain Leather Edition of the NET Bible last week and I have had time to use it and get to know it.

    I strongly recommend the NET Bible to any pastor or serious student of the Scriptures. The commentary alone is worth the visit to www.bible.org, the download to the E-Sword module or other software, or the purchase of one of the print editions.

    Whether you are a language scholar or not, however, the notes are very valuable; much of them are on a commentary level while many are specifics to the original languages.

    The Binding is very strong and I trust this Bible will last a long time. The Smyth Sewn pages are strong and tight. My only complaint (as a lover of fine Bible binding) is that the leather is a little thin for a "Top Grain Leather" edition. Just a little thinner than a Kirkbride edition Thompson Chain (though comparable) and significantly lesser quality than the calfskin leather Bibles being put out by Crossway in the ESV.

    All-in-all this is a great Bible and a must have for anyone studying the original languages. Good translation and good study tool.
     
  8. queenbee

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    I know the Net bible is highly rated for its notes alone, but my undertanding is that the translation itself has some questionables.

    My personal preference the more I read and the more I compare, is the new Int'l Standard Version - highly accurate and readable. I really think this version is going to give the others a run for their money as the saying goes.

    Now if we could just combine the Net notes with the ISV bible - THAT WOULD BE SOME BIBLE!!
     
  9. PilgrimPastor

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    I agree with you that the ISV is a good translation. However, good translation is not as powerful in this Christian culture as marketing muscle and it doesn't have enough of that to compete with the HCSB, ESV, or the NIV for that matter in terms of getting out the word or combining it with great study tools like the others mentioned.
     

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