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Item description for The Revised English Bible Standard Text by Cambridge University Press...
Overview This version of the Bible is particularly suitable for public reading. The translators concentrated on creating the right cadences and strong line-endings to make the meaning of the Scriptures clear to everyone.
Publishers Description The REB updates The New English Bible, retaining the latter's elegant literary style, but removing its archaisms. The REB employs a modest amount of inclusive language (e.g. 'brothers and sisters' for 'brothers') and is good for public reading. Like the NEB before it, the REB is a British translation, sponsored by all the main Christian denominations. This hardback includes just the Old and New Testaments and the page numbers match the Cambridge REB Lectern Bibles, so the hardback makes an excellent pew Bible.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.68" Height: 1.25" Weight: 1.58 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2002
Publisher CAMBRIDGE BIBLES #661
ISBN 0521513189 ISBN13 9780521513180
Color: Green Point/Type Size: 0.00
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Revised English Bible Standard Text?
Beautiful translation Jan 13, 2007
I agree with most of the reviews below: This is a majestic, beautifully worded translation of the Bible. I have been using it extensively for devotional reading or as a secondary bible. It does tend to paraphrase a bit from time to time. This translation is new and different, yet does not change the meaning of the scriptures, just words them differently from those in the KJV/RSV tradition. It is more elegant and dignified in language than the NIV but roughly the same as far as literalness as a translation goes. (Neither excessively literal or overly dynamic)
One reviewer below commented about how the "woman taken in adultry" part in the book of John is regulated to the end of the book. This was done for "textual criticism" reasons, which I don't agree with, but the missing segment is eventually included and not completely deleted. I would rather it be left as it has originally been. Other than that, I really like this translation.
Too late for the 1979 Book of Common Prayer Oct 9, 2006
This is truly a work in the tradition of the Great Bible of 1549 and the King James Version. It's unfortunate that the British monarch no longer gives royal authorization to Bible translations, because the REB is much more suitable for church use than the NRSV and whatever translation was chosen for the 1979 Book of Common Prayer Psalter. The Psalms match the dignity and poetry of the Coverdale Psalms that were abandoned in the BCP after 400 years. Truly a translation for the ages.
REB: Accuracy and beauty combined. Sep 27, 2005
There is little I can add to the other comments here, but as someone who works in Christian education, and daily with the Greek and Hebrew texts, I can affirm unhesitatingly that the REB is an incredibly good translation. It is not as literal as the NRSV--there is some paraphrase. Yet it is as accurate. The NRSV is the best translation and the one accepted by scholars, but the REB is easier to read. And this ease does not sacrifice anything, save what can be a sometimes wooden translation on the NRSV's part. Readable accuracy: this is the REB.
Another point of excellence for this Bible is its sheer beauty. There is no other Bible I love to read or listen to more than this one. It is quite musical, yet it is neither wordy nor choppy. The sentences are to the point, yet one feels one is reading a truly modern King James Version. The language sounds lofty, but not over one's head. I have recommended it to scholars and laypersons alike. Poets could make good use of it.
The REB is a Bible that is accurate, readable, and beautiful. If one is looking for one Bible to read alongside the NRSV, or even on its own, this is the Bible to own when one wants a combination of accuracy and beauty. It is a shame that this British translation it is not to well known in America.
REB: A Good Modern Bible Sep 5, 2005
The Revised English Bible is a 1989 revision of the big selling New English Bible. Whereas the New English Bible kept some archaic language, the REB revision is entirely in modern language. The REB is generally reliable too, the only whiff of religious bias coming in the translators' decision to drop the name "Jehovah" from the handful of places the NEB uses it in Exodus. It is also a shame that the fine illustrations some editions of the NEB used have not been carried over to the REB. The quality of the printed product is excellent though.
Excellent translation that needs more publicity! Feb 18, 2005
I love the REB translation as an alternate to the very popular NRSV. Faithful with a rendering of English that makes one see things differently, this translation is not as appreciated and widly known as it deserves to be!