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Thomas Nelson The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover

The Expanded Bible: New Testament reflects the latest scholarship, current English, and the needs of contemporary students of the Bible. With a multitude of study aids right in line with the text, expanded translations and other helps make it possible for you to study the Bible while you read.

The Expanded Bible is a unique tool to deepen your own understanding of Scripture. This project makes the best of biblical scholarship more available to any interested reader of the Bible.
—John Ortberg, Pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, CA

Features:
  • Expanded translations bring out meanings and offer alternative wordings.
  • Literal meanings of terms from the original languages are included where they can provide more understanding.
  • Traditional wordings recall familiar terms and expressions.
  • Comments explain passages that can be understood better with a brief remark.
  • Useful references supply rewarding opportunities for comparing other Scriptures.
  • Variants display additional wording in some of the original language texts.
  • Size: 8.75" x 6.00" x 1.50"
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Customer Reviews for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
Review 1 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Really informative :

Date:May 15, 2013
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Timothy
Location:The Rock, Georgia
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This New Testament is really informative and I would lik to have a copy of the whole Bible like it.
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Review 2 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:December 30, 2009
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Danny Garland Jr.
Nowadays, there are many different versions of Bibles; Teen Bible, Womans Bible, Golfers Bible, Green Bible, Apologetics Bible, etc. The [expanded] Bible: New Testament published by Thomas Nelson is not some tired specialty Bible. Rather, it is an indispensable tool for studying Sacred Scripture while you read. With The [expanded] Bible, there is no need to look in the margins for notes or scripture references; they are all contained within the text. The main feature of the Bible is that rather than being at the mercy of a particular translation, the reader has a choice to see the various options for translating a word or phrase and judging which is most suitable. Its like having a KJV, NIV, RSV all in one. It is the perfect tool for a priest or pastor who wants to compare translations without having to lay out several different Bibles in order to do so. The [expanded] Bible is also ideal for the everyday Christian who wants to get the most out of Scripture. As you read along it points out typology and Old Testament references that the average reader might not be familiar with. And while there is no substitute for reading Scripture in its original language, it is perfect for conveying the meanings of words for one who does not have knowledge of Greek. My only criticism of The [expanded] Bible is that the way it is set up can make it laborious to read at first, but once you get familiar with the different translations side by side, it becomes more of a help than a hindrance. Also, it uses a modified version of the New Century Version translation as the base text. For my tastes, I would have preferred a more literal-formal equivalence translation as the base and then have the idiomatic-functional equivalence translation in the expansion.Overall, I would definitely recommend it as a great way to increase biblical literacy and understanding.-Member of Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger Program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/
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Review 3 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:October 9, 2009
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Matthew
The Expanded Bible, New Testament by Thomas Nelson is simple to read and the expanded material gives a deeper meaning to the text. However, it is not a new concept. Although similar to The Lockman Foundations, Amplified Bible, The Expanded Bible is not a new translation it uses the New Century Version translation as its base text, which is an easy to read and understand Bible version. The Contributing Scholars then expanded upon the meaning of the text. For instance, look at my example for the word dog [canine, four-legged animal]. What use does this Bible have? Since this is not a literal translation, I would not recommend it for serious Bible study. With that said it is still a useful tool for personal devotional study. In addition, The Expanded Bible would be useful to a new believer due to the clarity of the translation and easy to read notes. *Note I received a free copy of this Bible for being a member of Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger program. Find more info here http://brb.thomasnelson.com/
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Review 4 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Date:September 15, 2009
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Erin
Its certainly nothing against this particular type of Bible, but I couldnt stand using this version. I tried to consult it several times in different situations. Between my own personal study and using it during church and for our college-age class, I still found it dreadful. I imagine that if youre comfortable with the Amplified version of the Bible, you may also like this one, because theyre set up similarly. Instead of having sections blocked off at the bottom of the page for commentary, the commentary is instead inserted directly into the text. This made it very difficult to follow and read aloud, when necessary.Truthfully, the awkward textual situation would not have bothered me so much if the information within the brackets was actually [relevant] to what I was looking for in a study Bible! Instead of being historical information, or information to help you better understand the context of what youre reading, the contents of the brackets mainly consisted of synonyms for the word that preceded them. Talk about pointless! It was incredibly difficult for me to grasp and accept the fact that about 95% of whats bracketed is just synonyms that I could have come up with on my own. Additionally, many of the citations to other scripture that Ive found reference the Old Testament! Im happy that they still made the connection, but it does very little good referencing the Old Testament when this Bible does not contain any part of it!I would not recommend this Bible to anyone thats serious about getting into the scripture and its context.
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Review 5 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Date:September 10, 2009
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donniejilly@gmail.com
I received the Expanded Bible: New Testament from Thomas Nelson publishers as a book reviewing blogger. I expected this Bible to be a great study aid since it offers extra study tools within the text (literal, traditional, and variations of word meanings). I think the idea behind this study Bible was noble, but unfortunately the delivery of information was confusing and hindered my scripture reading. The extra information was included within the New Century Version text, not as side or footnotes.I read the book of Ephesians for my review, and spent the first chapter of the book trying to train my mind to skip over the inserted (expanded) text. It felt like there was a synonym for every other word in the text. I gave this Bible two stars simply because it is the Holy Scripture.
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Review 6 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:September 3, 2009
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Jeff Hickman
Got the "Expanded Bible" as a resource in sermon prep. The format makes it difficult to read a passage smoothly, however it can be useful to gain clarity on a word or passage of Scripture. People who are looking for a quick reference tool for words in a passage will find this resource most beneficial.
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Review 7 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:September 2, 2009
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Little Missus Sunshine
I am really enjoying reading through this version of the New Testament. It is a modified version of the New Century Version, and I think that the additional words/phrases included help to better understand the original language that the bible was written in. Reading this version is almost like having a parallel bible that has a few translations inside one book. It is called The Expanded Bible because in addition to the base text, alternate interpretations of the words or phrases are included. I think the introduction helps to explain why this book was created, but more importantly, how to get the most out of it. It is easy to understand. I think this will make a great study tool.
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Review 8 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:September 1, 2009
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Nigel
Overall, the Expanded Bible is a decent version of the New Testament. It helps those who might be confused with various terms and words in it with synonyms and similar words in parenthesis. However, most people will find this to be annoying after a few pages because it includes word synonyms every few words or so. However, for those who are looking for a particular verse and happen to be confused as to what it says, this Bible will be helpful. This Bible won't confuse people by putting books in different places than one would normally assume. It maintains the same order as other canonical Bibles. It explains various meanings and other things that you might otherwise be confused about.However, I have a hard time understanding why they call this a Bible. To me, the Bible is both the Old and New Testaments together in one book. This, however, is just the New Testament. If they want to call it the Expanded Bible, they should include the Old Testament as well. I'm not saying that they did a bad job with what they have already, but they should at least do the same with the OT as well.As for the actual package itself, it's reasonably well built. The binding is well built, and the pages are thin. Not as thin as most other Bibles, but they aren't as bulky as some other books. The font is large enough so that you're not squinting to read, but small enough to fit the entire NT with notes in 608 pages.
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Review 9 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:September 1, 2009
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Pastor Jonathan
The [Expanded] Bible (a modified version of the NCV) by Thomas Nelson Publishers is a great resource for readers who are looking for a clearer understanding of the biblical text. The expanded Bible presents the base text of the Bible translation in a bold print and then additional information for each phrase or verse in a lighter text. The idea behind the expanded Bible is that when the Bible is translated from the original languages to another (like English) that bits and pieces can get lost in the translation. It would be a bit like watching the Wizard of Oz in black and white (translation) versus color (original language). The ideas come across, but nuances are missing. The expanded Bible attempts to help bridge the gap and fill in the details that are lost in translation (making the yellow brick road shine and the ruby red slippers glisten).The Expanded Bible is very easy to use. The notes are easy to locate and understand. The headings are placed to the side and a one inch margin provides a great place for reader notes. Unlike a traditional Bible it is difficult to read in a continuous fashion, due to the notes being included in the text. However I have found it to be a great aid as a study Bible for the very same reason.For Bible study there are better tools available, but this book serves its purpose well in providing a quick reference and helping to grasp a particular passage. As supplemental study material, or for those looking for an easy to use bible study tool The Expanded Bible is an excellent resource.
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Review 10 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:August 28, 2009
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Jonathan S
The Expanded Bible New Testament is a new study bible and I know what your thinking, do we really need another english rendering of the Bible? Lets take a look. First, The Expanded Bible can be best described as a talking bible. Second, it has a really good modern translation as the main text. And finally, what really sets it apart is the supplemental or expanded text that is alongside the main text. So has you read the bold type or the main text; the supplementary text and commentary text, talks to the reader helping him/her to better understand the passage! At first it seems to be too much, but by the time I was done reading a few chapters it became very welcoming and edifying! Its like taking a parallel bible that has a literal word for word translation and a meaning or phrased based translation and combining them both into one text. I love it because I love to read the New Living Translation, yet at the same time I like having a more literal translation next to me. Yet with the Expanded Bible, one doesnt have to go back and forth between translations, instead its all in one. The commentary text is good, it usually is a comment to help you understand context or traditions. I was hoping for more scriptural cross references, having more in the wide open margin would be a good addition. The biggest complaint I would have is the packaging. Maybe its just me, but I love leather bibles. The size of the bible is good, however the hardcover doesnt really lay flat. The typeface and overall layout with the chapter sub headings in the margin is ok. It may seem at first to be only helpful to newer believers to learn and understand the New Testament Scriptures, however I believe that because there is such a strong teaching aspect to this translation I would recommend it to all. The bottom line is that it is more then a translation, but a teaching translation. -Jonathan (a member of Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger program).
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Review 11 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:August 27, 2009
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Trisha
I was really excited for this one!! I'd been waiting not so patiently all week for it to arrive! I am a big believer in not only reading your Bible but to also study it, research the verses, etc. This book makes it easier by looking at the different translations and adding it to the text. I did find it a little hard to read at first, but once you get the flow of it, it gets quite easy to follow. Although I don't recommend trying to read it aloud lol, I tried that and it gets really choppy with all the breaks in it lol. I read one of the books of the Bible in for this review and I really really enjoyed it. Just by adding those different translations or expressions in with the text it makes you stop and think with each verse. Which I find also causes things to jump out at you that you wouldn't have thought of before! I would definately recommend this Bible as an addition to your regular devotions/study time! I probably wouldn't choose it as the Bible I take to church and try to follow along with, as I can picture myself getting so lost and far behind lol. But for preparing a Bible study or doing your own devotions it is deffinately an asset!! I don't think anyone would be sorry that they gave it a try, the very least that can happen is it causes you to look at the scriptures differently as you read it!
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Review 12 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:August 26, 2009
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Marty Henson
The Expanded Bible (New Testament), by Thomas Nelson, is a Study Bible, in the true meaning of Study, but without the extra work. This Bible has a twist, like the Amplified Bible, the extra study material is just bracketed after the text, which is in a bold type. It differs for the Amplified in that it is a New Century Version of the Bible with the study materials. The well made hardback will last for many years. This Bible is very informative, quite a lot of useful information. The font is very easy to read and the main part of the verse being bold makes it easier to skip over the extra information. I will use this Bible in my Sunday School calls and also with my Youth Group at Church, the added text will be helpful with the young new believers. The Bible is a wonderful tool for a non-believer or a new Christian needing wanting more knowledge, but I feel it lacks something for someone with more than a basic knowledge.(I am a member of the Thomas Nelsons Book Review Blogger program, for more information go to http://brb.thomasnelson.com/.)
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Review 13 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:August 26, 2009
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Shirley McClay
My first reaction to the Bible is that is is very clean and functional. Lots of white space on the side for notes and its easy to read. I found it very interesting right from the first verse I read! The actual verses are in bold and the notes are normal. LOTS of notes! It might be a bit tedious to just sit down and read through a chapter. It seems to be great to read a chapter at a time. As far as translation goes Im no expert so I cant give any thoughts on that, but it is simpler than KJV but not as conversational as NIV.Its hard covered (also comes in soft cover) and should stand up well to use. Although I hate dust jackets and that will disappear quickly. The whole look is fresh and clean. It would make a great Bible for teens or adults. With the alternate words anyone reading it will have the added advantage of increasing their vocabulary!Overall.. I really like it and will be using it in my reading.
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Review 14 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:August 26, 2009
Thomas Nelson has created a bible to make studying the Bible as easy as reading it. The notes and additional translations of the words are right in the text. I like how it was written, they didnt waste time on flowery language but got sraight to the point. Its a refreshing study bible in light of the sudden influx of overly decorated study Bibles. Because of that it is basic. Some people might be disappointed that this book doest come with the stardard Bible paper. You know the thin, thin pages? Particularly since this Bible retails for $30.Thomas Nelson chose to use white paper(like what you would typically find in a paperback) rather than the thin pages. But this will be a bonus to me and others who like to mark up the pages, the ink will not bleed through the pages. I know I will be more likely to write in the margins and highlight with this type of paper. The font makes it very easy to read and distinguish what part of the text is scripture and which is the notes or additional words.If youre looking for a no nonsense study bible that can be marked in with no worries try this one!
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Review 15 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Date:August 25, 2009
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Chris
I believe this Bible is a study Bible for pastors and leaders so they can have a better understanding of the translation.This Bible is unique in nature as it doesn't have maps, devotional, and other study material along the sides or in the back of the bible like most bibles today...instead this bible has it commentary concordance and other information in brackets inside the verse. As in example: All the bold is the actual scripture.1 Corinthians 13:12 Now we see a dim [obscure or indirect] reflection, as if we were looking into a mirror [through a glass darkly] but then we shall see clearly [face to face].I wanted to explore this Bible so I turned to Ephesians and began to read it. As i began to read it was very challenging to keep the bold type and the brackets separate in my mind. The more I tried to focus on the bold type my eyes kept coming back to the brackets. I believe this Bible has some really good study tools, but where they are placed makes it very hard to study and learn the scripture. This is not a Bible that I would give to a new believer or a student.I think this Bible will be a very durable and useful Bible for Pastors or other church leaders. If you are looking for Bible that clear to read I would suggest looking else where...if you are looking for a Bible to help you lead a class or preach a sermon this Bible could be very useful.
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Review 16 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:August 25, 2009
Great new Bible. Similar to the Amplified Bible, but different, and better. Would make a great Bible for new Christian, or for anyone wanting to learn more and make their Bible reading more interesting.I highly recommend it. Nelson has hit a home run on this
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Review 17 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:August 24, 2009
The Expanded Bible by Thomas Nelson Publishing is based on the New Century Version. This Bible only contains the New Testament. The Expanded Bible places study tools within the text so as you are reading the Bible you get a more in depth study. This Bible is not for new believers, however, as it can be very confusing when you are trying to read through a passage. This Bible is for in depth study and will help those who are trying to get a better understanding of said passage. The Expanded Bible places alternate, expounded, and literal translations of the original Greek text in the text as you are reading. When you come upon a word that has more meanings in English, you get to see those meanings as well, right in the text. The Expanded Bible also provides you with the cultural and historical information that goes with a specific passage. When you understand the historical or cultural setting behind a passage it can illuminate why something was wrong or offended someone. All in all, the Expanded Bible is a good tool for those wanting to go deeper into the Word by studying as you read. If you are just looking to read the Bible this is not the Bible for you. The study tools that are placed in the text make it hard to read straight through. You will need to have an Old Testament close by if you want to look up the passages that are referenced. Overall, I enjoyed using The Expanded Bible as a tool for learning more about the Word and the differences that can come when you translate from one language to another. For those looking for a Bible you can study while you are reading, then this one is for you.
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Review 18 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:August 23, 2009
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David LaDuke
The New Expanded Bible published by Thomas Nelson Publishing, is a unique reading New testament that is also a study Bible. Confused? Dont be. This New Century Version Bible is suitable for reading but also has study helps within the text to guide the reader into a greater understanding of the words without the bulk of big study Bibles.At first I thought that the extra notes would be a distraction from the reading. But the main text is in bold while the brief notes are in regular print and bracketed off. It takes a little getting used to, but it works. In the introduction the editors describe eight different types of notes. I thought that might be too confusing but I changed my mind after reading, it seemed intuitive enough to avoid confusion. I laid this Bible next to my ESV Bible and read I John. I was impressed how closely the literal notes corresponded to the ESV text. One important omission I noted was the lack of book introductions for each book. I think this Bible is suitable for those who have read the Bible but are not yet comfortable with the large study Bibles. Using this Bible should whet their appetites for more.
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Review 19 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:August 21, 2009
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Jarrod Spencer
Study the Bible while you read is the theme statement of a newly released Bible called The Expanded Bible. As a minister, I possess many bibles of various versions. Everyone has their preferences. Some Bibles are good for their modern language while others are good for their close to the original text format. I was excited upon seeing the opportunity to review this newly released book. And upon receiving the book and examining different passages, I was quite pleased. The positives that I took away from the review: 1) It takes away the need to go to several different translations to see what words or phrases mean or alternate words, 2) It makes it easy to see scripture references to verses or quotes from the Old Testament, 3) It gives you symbols that indicate what study aid is being used (C = comment, L = literal, and T = traditional rendering, and or = an alternate wording), 4) Space on the sides for personal study notes, 5) The single column style makes it easy for reading, and 6) the font is clear and easy to readThe negatives that I took away from the review: 1) The symbols mentioned above are at the beginning of the book, so until you learn them you must flip back and forth, 2) with all the study notes, it may be hard to read aloud, if used in that type of a setting, but if you used it for study sake, that would negate this negative, and 3) it only gives helps to, what I presume, the most common words or phrases that give confusion.It only comes in a New Testament edition at this point. I am sure that an Old Testament edition will be coming out in the future.For people who would like to have a study Bible that focuses on alternate words and phrases, with some commentary, then this is a good Bible to consider. It is a Bible that I see best to be used for studying and not taken to class.
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Review 20 for The Expanded Bible, New Testament Hardcover
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:August 2, 2009
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Debbie from ChristFocus Book Club
I love this "study the Bible as you read" New Testament. For me, this is the ideal study Bible since I don't have to drag out multiple Bible versions and thick reference books anymore to get the same result. I've already had several "ah-ha!" moments while reading verses that used to confuse me. My only complaint is that I have to use another Bible to look up the Old Testament verses referred to in the New Testament. I hope an "Expanded Bible: Old Testament" is in the works!I have other Bibles with tiny footnotes that give some of this information, but often I get so busy reading that I stop noticing there are notes. This book puts the notes and alternate/literal wordings right into the relevant text so you don't miss them and you know exactly what word or verse they refer to. These [expansions] are clearly marked so you know if the given information is commentary, a literal translation, other possible meanings for the word, the traditional wording, etc.However, having the expansions directly in the text does make it difficult to quickly read only the main text. I wouldn't use this New Testament if you're going read several sections out loud in a Bible study group or whatever. However, it would be a great version to use when discussing those verses.If you aren't familiar with the New Testament, I'd suggest using a "normal" version of the Bible for your daily readings. When you're ready to dig deeper or you're starting to get so familiar with the Bible that you feel bored, this is a great New Testament to get.I'd highly recommend "The Expanded Bible: New Testament" to people who want to dig deeper into the full meanings of the verses they're reading and/or who would enjoy having study notes "as they happen" instead of in small print at the bottom of the page.
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