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The Bible: Contemporary English Version (CEV) (Bible Cev) [Paperback]

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7 Oct 2002 Bible Cev

The best selling edition of the Contemporary English Version, now available in paperback.

A new edition of the Contemporary English Version Bible, with the ‘Classic’ image in a paperback Bible for additional portability – and at a better price.

The Contemporary English Version combines readability with accuracy in a thoroughly up-to-date Bible, accessible for all and particularly suitable for anyone new to Christianity or just wanting to experience the life and vigour of the Bible’s message in a new way.

The CEV is used by Scripture Union, Bible Society, Scripture Gift Mission and Bible Reading Fellowship for notes and other materials, and as such is the most widely adopted of the new Bible translations.


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  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Popular Classic edition edition (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007150946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007150946
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,899,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new edition of the Contemporary English Version Bible, with the ‘Classic’ image in a paperback Bible for additional portability – and at a better price.

The Contemporary English Version combines readability with accuracy in a thoroughly up-to-date Bible, accessible for all and particularly suitable for anyone new to Christianity or just wanting to experience the life and vigour of the Bible’s message in a new way.

The CEV is used by Scripture Union, Bible Society, Scripture Gift Mission and Bible Reading Fellowship for notes and other materials, and as such is the most widely adopted of the new Bible translations.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best Bible version available 31 Dec 2002
The text is simplified (but not patronisingly so) and tricky passages are written in such a way that the message is plain for all to see, without being so paraphrased you’re not sure where the original verse ends and the scholars opinion begins. Certainly this version has the best compromise between accuracy and readability.
Being a modern translation (1992 to be precise) it does update the gender language somewhat, so that not everything is referred to from a male perspective, but where the Bible is very distinct on gender it is too. From my own conservative evangelical perspective I’ve noticed nothing dubious yet.
Unusually the CEV has been designed with the public speaker in mind. The verses flow well together, and its quite common that 2 or more verses are condensed into 1, simply so it sounds more straightforward without the constant stopping and starting. This means you’re less likely to make a gaff should you be speaking in church, and also it reads more comfortably.
I’ve received favourable reactions from those who have heard it read, and all seem to agree that confusing verses seem a lot less confusing in the CEV.
The layout is nice. Chapters are spread out well and it certainly looks ‘contemporary’. Its not exactly loaded with extras, but you get a short intro to each book and the usual mini-dictionary and maps at the back. Obscure verses are often given a handy little footnote clearing up any ambiguity.
Ideally it would suit an older child, public reading, or any adult tired of decrypting the biblical text before they can enjoy it. Only the person interested in a more poetical, or strictly accurate translation could be disappointed.
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