Holy Bible: CEV - Contemporary English Version by AnonymousA very enjoyable modern language translation of the Bible. Like most translations, there were parts where I really liked the way it was translated, and there were other sections that disappointed.
Genesis - foundational to any hope of understanding the rest of the Bible. Do I believe in the supernatural or not?
Exodus - God chooses a people, demonstrates that He is the greatest and most powerful God ever and begins trying to mold and shape them to His purpose. Are the various commandments, laws and rules for all people in all times, or only for the Israelites at that time? Do these laws and rules tell us what God is like, and what His will is, or do they tell us what the Israelites were like, tailored very specifically for their needs?
Leviticus - Sacrifices, rules and regulations. God needed this? The Israelites needed this? Lev. 26:1-13 is quite a powerful blessing.
Numbers - The Israelites fail and spend 40 years in the desert.
Deuteronomy - Moses final words to Israel. A restating of the laws they should live by; many of which are incomprehensible to me, and will probably remain so until I learn more of the culture, world view, etc. of the Israelites of that time. What is the nature of inspiration? Did every word of the Bible come as dictation straight from the mouth of God? Is Scripture inspiration-less opinions/beliefs about God and His dealings with humans? Is there some middle ground?
Joshua - The Israelites finally enter Canaan, massacre its inhabitants and divide the land. Barbaric, uncivilized, nationalistic, violent; I have little common ground in my world to understand the times, issues, worldview of this book.
Judges - Barbaric, violent, bloody, interesting attitude toward women.
Ruth - A romance, an example of how God wanted them to care for widows and keep a mans family name going, a story of King Davids ancestors.
1 Samuel - The life & death of Samuel & King Saul; Davids early days.
2 Samuel - Davids later days & mistakes.
1 Kings - Solomon & the division of the 10 tribes. A succession of kings & Elijahs ministry.
2 Kings - Elishas ministry, the destruction of the northern tribes, the Babylonian exile begins.
1 Chronicles - Kind of a dry historical records type of book.
2 Chronicles - Solomon builds the temple. That is quite the prayer in vs. 6. An interesting record of the kings of Judah from Solomon to the Babylonian captivity.
Ezra - Ezra, an expert in the law of God, brings the 2nd wave of people back to Jerusalem. He finds that the people are not following the plan God has set out for them. The people meet and decide to correct course and get back on the path set for them even though it causes much suffering and heartbreak to the innocent.
Nehemiah - Hung out with Ezra; helped put the returned Israelites on the path to obedience. He helped people instead of exploiting them.
Esther - God takes care of His people, even those that did not return after the captivity.
Job - Im not really sure what to make of this one.
Psalms - Emotions & feelings poured out to God.
Proverbs - Some are so so, some are excellent and some are real head-scratchers.
Ecclesiastes - A depressed old king writes about life without God.
Song of Solomon - God invented love and passion and sex.
Isaiah - Very interesting reading it right after Revelation. A lot of similar passages. Brings an interesting overview to the phrase, Babylon is fallen.
Jeremiah - The prophet who tried to get Judah & Benjamin to avoid the Babylonian captivity.
Lamentations - A short (5 chapter) poem of the sins, destruction & hope of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel - The prophet in Jerusalem after her leaders went into captivity. He relays messages from God to the Jews in Jerusalem, the Jews in captivity and all the nations around.
Daniel - Does God know the future?
Hosea - That is a pretty hardcore object lesson.
Joel - Gods Judgment on the nations.
Amos - The Day of the Lord.
Obadiah - Judgments on the Edomites.
Jonah - The rebelious prophet.
Micah - Judgements on Jerusalem & Samaria, on the evil leaders & lying prophets. But, God will make things right in the future.
Nahum - Judgments on Ninevah, Assyria
Habakkuk - Lord, why all the evil, injustice and violence? Why dont You do something?
Zephaniah - The day of the Lord is coming. Judgments on Judah and all the surrounding nations.
Haggai - Rebuild the temple.
Zechariah - Various visions covering everything from judgments on the wicked, to the final victory, and the coming Messiah. Some of the visions seem to be translated oddly from what I have seen in other versions.
Malachi - Judgments against Israels priests & leaders. The Day of the Lord.
Matthew - seems to be focused quite strongly on Jesus teaching and proclaiming The Kingdom of Heaven. Mt. 6:25-34 always encourages me; I must be a worrier. Ever notice that the Bible is not a book of systematic theology?
Mark - The Good News about Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, the anointed one, short and fierce. I wish Mark had explained the background and significance of what he records Jesus saying and doing. What is faith and how does it work?
Luke - Good news to the poor, freedom for prisoners, sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers. I like Luke; he has a logical and organized approach to things. And he goes out of his way to explain things that his fellow gentiles might not understand.
John - Quite a bit different from the other gospels. Something interesting about this version is all the times the phrases, Faith in Me/Him/Jesus/God are used, eg. 3:16 reads,God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.
Acts - Lukes account of the early Christian church and the ministry of Paul. I have a bad attitude about Acts; probably because it is so often held up as a shame inducing example of what Christians should be doing, rather than as a delightful description of what God did.
Romans - Im afraid I dont find Paul to be an example of clarity and simplicity in communication.
1st & 2nd Corinthians - A mix of profound spiritual insights, weird rants and incomprehensible (to me anyway) logic; all without the benefit of much context or setting. It is kind of like listening to one side of a phone conversation.
Galatians - Amazing! deep! Fallen from grace; misused?
Ephesians - Some pointed advice on Christian living.
Philippians - A short encouraging letter with gems such as 1:6; 2:13; 3:6-9, 20, 21; 4:6, 8, 11, 12.
Colossians - A few words of encouragement and advice on Christian living.
1 & 2 Thessalonians - Two short letters by Paul, Silas and Timothy; some of the richest verses on the 2nd coming are in these letters.
1 & 2 Timothy - Advice on the day to day of being a pastor.
Titus - A little more advice to a young pastor & church.
Philemon - A short letter to one of the early Christian leaders about a runaway slave that has become a Christian.
Hebrews - Jesus, a better priest & sacrifice, the new covenant.
James - Faith & works.
1 & 2 Peter - Letters of encouragement to the early church.
1, 2 & 3 John - More short letters of advice to the early church.
Jude - And another short letter to the early church.
Revelation - Ive got to think that it had some sort of meaning and encouragement to the early church; There is some pretty wild stuff in here.
Contemporary English Version
Posted By Laura Magnifico on Aug 2, 2 comments. If a man wants to be always in God's company, he must pray regularly and read regularly. When we pray, we talk to God; when we read, God talks to us. These are the words of St. Isadore AD on what we gain when we pray and read the Catholic Bible regularly. Lots of times, right? Which versions are approved by the Catholic Church?
An anglicized version was produced by the British and Foreign Bible Society , which includes metric measurements for the Commonwealth market. The CEV project began as a result of studies conducted by Barclay Newman in regarding the speech patterns used in books, magazines, newspapers, and television. These studies focused on how English was read and heard. This led to a series of test volumes being published in the late s and early s. The American Bible Society continues to promote both translations. The translation simplifies Biblical terminology into more everyday words and phrases. An example can be found in Exodus , where the prohibition against committing adultery is rendered positively in terms of being faithful in marriage.
The text is easily read by grade schoolers, second language readers, and those who prefer the more contemporized form. The CEV is not a paraphrase. It is an accurate and faithful translation of the original manuscripts. The CEV began as a result of studies conducted by biblical scholar Dr. Barclay M. Newman in into speech patterns used in books, magazines, newspapers, and television.
Contemporary English Version - Book of Psalms, American Bible Society New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, National Council of Churches.
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Which one is best for a Catholic like myself? This one looks good, but is it worth it to pay more for it? The choice can be daunting. If the Bible might be considered a guide to life, one might actually need a roadmap to find the version most suitable for the average pilgrim. Often, it depends on the individual, his background in Bible reading and study, and the way he wishes to use the Good Book.
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