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Adding Good Ribbons To Your Bible

I like having nice, fat ribbon markers for my Bibles. It helps me quickly return to various texts I am studying, preaching from, or am reading from for my personal growth. But many Bibles come with no ribbon markers or one skinny ribbon marker. I am not sure which is worse. Not having a ribbon marker is bad because, with the cheap "leather" used today, Bibles close as soon as you set them down. Most do not stay open on…

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Another NLT Edition

The He Is Sufficient blog has broken news about a NLT Reference Bible being released later this year. Here is the link to his post. I am very excited about this news and look forward to its release. I think this again shows that Crossway and Tyndale are working hard to release a number of different editions of their translations which will encourage more people to try them out. Having a variety of editions makes a difference concerning whether a…

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My Top Bible Translations Updated

Seven months ago I posted my top Bible translations that I use. You can read that list and my reasons behind the list here. But my order has changed and I have added a few translations to the list. This list not only reflects my current translation taste, but also which translations I am using the most in my studies, personal reading, and preaching. 1. English Standard Version (ESV). The ESV is still the translation that I use the most.…

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NLT Discover God Bible Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Joseph, who has won the random drawing for the NLT Discover God Study Bible giveaway. I have also drawn two runner up names in case the winner does not respond to my email with his address. But I want to thank you all for joining the drawing and for reading Christian Monthly Standard. Hopefully we can have another free Bible giveaway in the near future.

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TNIV, Zondervan’s Red-Headed Stepchild

As has been noted by many blogs, the TNIV has once again fallen off of the top ten list in Bible sales in units and dollars, according to the CBA. When we see what Crossway has done with flooding the Bible market with tons of different ESV styles, sizes, and formats, one has to wonder about Zondervan and its treatment of the TNIV. We know that Zondervan can market a translation. The NIV was the first translation to finally remove…

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Functional Equivalence in Translation (2)

This is a continuation of the article. If you have not read the first part, you can read it here. But the inherent problem with translating the meaning of the text is that it requires the translator to understand the meaning of the text. Unfortunately, perfection will not happen in human translation. This goes both directions, and we must be aware of that. The authors of this Powerpoint presentation use 1 Kings 2:10 as an excellent example. "Then David slept…

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Functional Equivalence in Translation

I was reading the Powerpoint presentation of Mark Taylor, Mark Strauss, and Sean Harrison called So Many Bible Translations. How Do I Choose One? I believe these men worked on either the NLT and/or TNIV in some capacity. Many of the biblioblogs posted it for reading. These men make excellent points, a few of which I would like to bring to readers' minds. Before I begin, for full disclosure, I would like to say that I enjoy the ESV now,…

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NLT Discover God Study Bible Giveaway

I just finished reviewing the NLT Discover God Study Bible. It really is a fine product and I think it is very useful. I, however, already have the NLT Study Bible and the NLT Life Application Bible, so it will not be frequently used or referenced. So I thought I would give this nice hardcover study Bible to our readers. Why let a good Bible sit on the shelf when someone else can be using it? This is a very…

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The Son of God or God’s Son?

I found something in the newer translations that have caused some reflection within me. I have noticed that some translations are not using the phrase "Son of God" but use "God's Son." I noticed this usage in the HCSB, NLT, and SENT (if you follow the Better Bible Blog, you will know what this translation is). There are a handful of instances where the NRSV has the reading "God's Son" and only two instances in the NIV and TNIV. I…

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Review: NLT Discover God Study Bible

It seems that there has been a wave of new study Bibles hitting the market over the last six months. The NLT Discover God Study Bible is the latest in the streams of study Bibles. The Discover God Study Bible appears to be based on the work of Dr. Bill Bright. One motto of this work is, “The most important thing we can teach another believer is who God is.” Another motto found in this study Bible is, “We can…

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