Thursday, October 17, 2013
It is an impressive project. The Common English Bible (CEB), Study Bible with Apocrypha is a big, substantial book. The CEB was completed in 2011. It was an ecumenical project, which worked hard on "readability." It is an impressive translation. And this study Bible is amazing. The notes and sidebar articles are comprehensive and helpful. And as one turns to the list of contributors, it is delightful to find two of our faculty listed. Dr. Stephen Cook provided the notes on Daniel and the Rev. Dr. Melody Knowles provides the notes on 1 and 2 Chronicles.
On a typical page, the biblical text takes up two thirds and the notes are the other third. The notes are comprehensive and illuminating. Linguistic twists are explained; the significance of the verse is unpacked; and allusions to other parts of the book and the rest of Scripture are identified. For the nervous reader of Scripture, these notes are a helpful guide.
This really is a study Bible. Congregations and small groups will appreciate the annotation and illumination provided by the notes. The translation is excellent. I am confident that this version of the Bible, with its supporting notes, will become the standard text for all those who want to study Scripture closely.
Please do congratulate Stephen and Melody on their remarkable contributions to this important project.
The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President