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The Modern Language Bible [Paperback]

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Item description for The Modern Language Bible by Hendrickson Publishers...

Faithfully translated, freshly expressed Trustworthy scholarship and contemporary American usage mean that The Modern Language Bible is a useful resource for pastors, students, and laypeople. This thorough revision of the 1959 Berkeley Version is faithful to the original texts, yet it's clearly expressed in today's English. Avoiding colloquialisms that quickly date other modern-language translations, it accurately retains the dignity and message of God's eternal Word. Features * Reflects competent evangelical scholarship * Contemporary American language, yet avoids colloquialisms that would date the translation and limit its use * Helpful chronological data * Explanatory footnotes at the bottom of each page offer helpful background and detail but avoid paraphrasing and personal interpretation * Weights, measures, and currency references translated into American standards * 9-point type; paragraph format for easy reading * Textual accuracy and brevity of expression that make the intent and meaning of the original language clearly understandable

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   1240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.58" Height: 1.38"
Weight:   1.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2005
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN  1565639316  
ISBN13  9781565639317  

Bible Binding: Paper, Flush Cut
Color: Full Color
Point/Type Size: 10.00
Version: OTR

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Hendrickson Publishers Hendrickson Publishers has a strong history of producing outstanding academic, trade, and reference books at a reasonable price.

Through our academic publishing program, we seek to meet the publication needs of the religious studies academic community worldwide with works on the Hebrew Bible and Hebrew language, ancient Near Eastern studies and archaeology, New Testament and Greek language, biblical theology, Judaism, patristics, church history, historical theology, practical theology, and religion and culture. Hendrickson is also delighted to be partnering with the German Bible Society, the premier publisher of original language Bibles.

On the trade end, Hendrickson is pleased to offer a greatly expanded Bibles publishing program, including a wide variety of print, audio and DVD Bibles. Our products include books on Christian living topics, Biblical studies and reference works for both pastors and the thoughtful layperson, devotionals, and many of the Christian classics.

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My Favorite Translation!  Dec 2, 2008
As a lay person, I don't know Greek, so I make frequent use of my Strong's Concordance and Thayer's Lexicon to check on the original meaning of many words. Out of my approximately 30 old and new translations of the Bible, I find this one to be "dead on" in nearly every case. The footnotes are the best I've found. I've read them all, as they are so helpful. I've had it rebound three times and keep coming back to it. I plan to by a new one and have it bound in leather before using it!
Great and easy to understand.  Feb 27, 2008
This was a great bible to purchase. It is in modern day english which is very easy to understand than the King James Version. It also gives great tips or references to what is going on or what words mean at the bottom of every page.
Not Exactly what I wanted  Dec 3, 2007
I purchased this Bible in an attempt to understand the words a little better and to make the meaning clearer instead of reading the old Testiment for two hours and then realizing that I didn't understand half of what I had read. With the Thees and Thous and the Synonyms used it is difficult for me to read this and capture the real meaning. This Bible eliminates a lot of that problem but still reads very much like a King James Version of the Bible. After I bought this, I found out about the Quest Study Bible. I purchased it and for my purposes, it does a much better job. It has the old Bible text, but also has almost seven thousand questions and answers layed out around the edges of the pages which answers many questions about what you just read on that page. Vey interesting and for me, very enlightening. Much easier to understand. Good luck Rick
A Good Modern Bible  Jul 10, 2006
The Modern Language Bible is a revision of the Berkeley Bible that Gerrit Verkuyl originally did.This Bible reads easily.The chronological dates are printed over some of the books and chapters.That is helpful as well as the modern equivalents of weights,distance,and money value.Two examples are Deut.3:11"Og king of Bashan was the last survivor remaining of the Rephaim,his bedstead was a couch made of iron 13 1/2 feet long and 6 feet wide."And a footnote on MT 26:15 "these pieces of silver were probably silver shekels equal in mid-twentieth century US currency to a little more than one dollar per shekel.Judas' price for betraying Christ was from thirty to thirty five dollars."
That kind of puts things in a different perspective,a modern perspective.It is a lot easier to understand terms like feet rather than cubits or dollars as opposed to shekels.
Another important aspect of this version is that it stays true to the Messianic promise and prophecies of the Old Testament.
Subject Descriptions and Chapter numbers at the top of pages are nice for navigating this book.
The footnotes are extensive and they are some of the better Bible footnotes that I have come across to date.This would make an excellent study Bible for anyone interested in a modern version of the Bible.As far as accuracy goes,the Modern Language Bible-New Berkeley Version is an accurate translation.
One of the Best Translations  Feb 12, 2006
The Modern Language Bible aka the New Berkeley Version is based on Hebrew and Greek texts and was translated by Gerrit Verkuyl. This translation so well balanced, it can be used for study, devotions, and public reading. It does not use archaic language, but it also avoids colloquialisms. For example, in the NIV, Matthew 27:24 is rendered: When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility." The Modern Language Bible rendered the passage: When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing but instead a riot was brewing, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this man; you yourselves see to it."

One of the unique features of this Bible are the footnotes at the bottom of each page, which provide historical, theological, and devotional information. For example, the two footnotes for Isaiah 7:14 state: n) The Hebrew term "almah" is also applied to Miriam at about 14 {Ex. 2:8}; and to Rebekah, whose virginity is affirmed {Gen. 24:16}. The Greek translation made before Christ, has parthenos, usually rendered "virgin." o) God with us. An unusual child indeed {cf. Isa. 8:8; 9:6}.

The Modern Language Bible is an excellent tool for both study and devotional purposes.

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