The Expanded Bible

     Contributing scholars: Tremper Longman III, Mark L. Strauss, Daniel Taylor

The [expanded] Bible is a modified version of the New Century Version (NCV) that is like a commentary, dictionary, and Bible all rolled into one. Words are defined, cross-references are noted, and commentary is made within the text. No more looking in the foot notes, side columns, or a completely different book to get your extra information during Bible study (not if you want the basics anyway). The [expanded] Bible makes digging deeper a little easier.

Sample text:

Genesis 1:1-2

·In the beginning [or In the beginning when] God created [Cthis Hebrew verb is used only when God is the one creating] the ·sky [heavens] and the earth. 2·The [or. . . the] earth ·had no form and was empty [or was a formless void]. Darkness covered the ·ocean [deep], and ·God’s Spirit [or a mighty wind] was ·moving [hovering] over the water.

There are a few things I like about this Bible. First off, I like that they acknowledge in the introductory information on this version of the Bible that this version isn’t perfect. That doesn’t mean it’s not the infallible word of God, but it’s like putting a “99.9999999% effective” label on a product. You know it’s not as good as it gets but that doesn’t mean it’s not ok to use. I also like that the expansions are clearly labeled. All extra information is put into brackets [ ] and within those brackets are several designations that tell you what information is. [or] designates an alternate translation/definition of the word. A superscript L says that what follows is a more literal translation. Superscript T is the traditional (or KJV) text. Superscript C is a commentary, and then there are the obvious cross-references. They also put a bullet before the words that have alternate translations/definitions. You might be wondering how to tell the difference between Bible text and expanded text, they even made that easy. Bible text is bold face and expansions are in “normal” type.

A couple things I don’t like though, it doesn’t have maps. For a Bible that is kind of everything wrapped into one, it really should have maps. Also, initially, the expansions within the text take a little bit of getting used to. They’re not bad, but if you’re easily distracted or whatever, it kind of takes away from the reading. I also kind of dislike that it doesn’t have introductions to the individual books of the Bible, but since this probably isn’t the only Bible you’ll own, it’s really sort of a moot point because you can just go look up that kind of information elsewhere.  Another minor note, I have no problem with this version, so far, but I do have to say, after expecting an NKJV as was told by the publisher, getting the NCV was a little “Um, what?”. The differences aren’t huge, from the comparison I made, but they’re definitely not the same translation!

Disclaimers:

  • Scripture taken from The Expanded Bible. Copyright 2011 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
  • I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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