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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb translation, unbelieving study notes, 22 July 2012
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This review is from: The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha: The Revised English Bible with Apocrypha (Paperback)
This is my favourite translation. It's both clear in meaning and direct in feel. I don't know any Greek or Hebrew so can't comment on the accuracy of the translation. Mind you, even if I did, who am I to argue with a committee of experts?
Oddly enough, even though it's a study bible with extra articles and notes it's currently by far the most inexpensive way to buy the whole Bible in the REB translation (as opposed to Bibles missing the 'apocrypha').
This is possibly a disadvantage if you're a Christian though, as the study notes are of an unbelieving tone and sometimes directly contradict the Biblical text. eg Exodus 19:9 "the LORD said to him, 'I am coming to you in a thick cloud, so that I may speak to you in the hearing of the people, and so their faith in you may never fail'... study note: 'The association of a cloud with the divine presence may have originated in the observation of mists surrounding the tops of high mountains (see v. 3 n) or may have been borrowed from Canaanite mythology...'

Good: Best translation; whole Bible; modestly priced.
Bad: Unbelieving study notes (though if you're not a Christian you might like them); Hardback (now unavailable) was better
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Initial post: 27 Aug 2012 12:48:59 BDT
PR says:
... that's not an unbelieving note on the text, giving you background weather information on the age and time, it's simply giving you an informed alternative, should you, just now, not want to be as superstitious as was the average mind at the time. It doesn't say anything absolute. It says 'may' not 'must have been'. I'm a not an anti-Christian. I simply don 't like to be put in a position where to be a Christian I have two choices, 1. be superstitious, 2. be a hypocrite and pretend to believe something impossible.
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