Saturday, December 3, 2011

The [expanded] Bible ~ Chapter 1. Jonah.

By Thomas Nelson - Thomas Nelson Publishers (2011) - Hardback - 1984 pages - ISBN 0718019180

Book Description

Explore the Depths of the Scriptures While You Read.
Expect understanding! Experience the full meaning of God’s Word. The Expanded Bible has been developed by a respected team of skilled Bible translators to make God’s Word easier to understand—and more relevant and real for today’s Christian—with innovative expansions in the text itself that exhibit the complete meaning of each passage in its context—while you read.
--Perceive what God is saying in language that’s easy to understand
--Discover the significance of each passage with helpful expansions in the text
--Comprehend full meaning with alternative, literal, and traditional wordings
--Understand the Bible’s culture and setting with descriptive comments where needed
--Compare scripture with scripture using key cross-references
--Add your own expansions and observations in wide margins on every page
--Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles.
Includes topical index. Contributing scholars:  Tremper Longman III, Mark L. Strauss, Daniel Taylor.

My Review
Ease in Reading: This Study Bible has in-line additions to enhance reading without charts/dictionaries. Below, I am including the first chapter of the Book of Jonah.

Base Text in Bold is the New Century Version (NCV Bible)
Expansions are enclosed in a set of brackets.
L= Literal
C= Comments; setting location, Scripture cross-reference.

A bullet · before a word shows where bracketed material may be read. For instance, the bulleted ·caused and ·inside locations in Jonah 1:17
17The Lord ·caused [appointed; provided] a big fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was ·inside [in the belly of] the fish three days and three nights.
may be read: "The Lord provided a big fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."

Listen to the first chapter of the Book of Jonah presented in the audio New King James Version (NKJV Bible) as a comparison while you read the text of this first chapter within The [expanded] Bible, Thomas Nelson, c2011.

Jonah 1
God Calls and Jonah Runs
 1The ·Lord spoke his word [Lword of the Lord came] to Jonah son of Amittai: 2"Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh [Cthe capital of Assyria; Gen. 10:11, 12; 2 Kin. 19:36], and ·preach [cry out] against it, because ·I see the evil things they do [its wickedness has come to my attention/Lup before me]." 3But Jonah got up to run away from the Lord by going to Tarshish [Cprobably Tartessos in southwest Spain, the opposite direction from Nineveh]. He went to the city of Joppa, where he found a ship that was going to the city of Tarshish. Jonah paid for the trip and went aboard, planning to go to Tarshish to run away from the Lord.
 4But the Lord ·sent [hurled] a great wind on the sea, which made the sea so stormy that the ship was in danger of breaking apart. 5The sailors were afraid, and each man cried to his own god. They began throwing the cargo from the ship into the sea to make the ship lighter.
   But Jonah had gone down far inside the ship to lie down, and he fell fast asleep. 6The captain of the ship came and said, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray to your god! Maybe your god will ·pay attention to [take notice of] us, and we won't die!"
 7Then the men said to each other, "Let's throw lots to see who caused these troubles to happen to us."
   When they threw lots, the lot ·showed that the trouble had happened because of [singled out; Lfell upon] Jonah. 8Then they said to him, "Tell us, who caused our trouble? What is your job? Where do you come from? What is your country? Who are your people?"
 9Then Jonah said to them, "I am a Hebrew. I ·fear [worship] the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land [Gen. 1]."
 10The men were very afraid, and they asked Jonah, "What terrible thing did you do?" (They knew he was running away from the Lord because he had told them.)
 11Since the wind and the waves of the sea were becoming much stronger, they said to him, "What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?"
 12Jonah said to them, "Pick me up, and throw me into the sea, and then it will calm down. I know it is my fault that this great storm has come on you."
 13Instead, the men ·tried [Ldug in] to row the ship back to the land, but they could not, because the sea was becoming more stormy.
Jonah's Punishment
 14So the men cried to the Lord, "Lord, please don't let us die because of this man's life; please don't ·think we are [hold us] guilty of ·killing an innocent person [Linnocent blood]. Lord, you have caused all this to happen; you wanted it this way." 15So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ·became calm [ceased raging]. 16Then they began to fear the Lord very much; they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made ·promises [vows] to him. 17The Lord ·caused [appointed; provided] a big fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was ·inside [in the belly of] the fish three days and three nights.
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The front introduction provides study tools in the use of this Bible. The text expansions in one place will be helpful with cross-references to parallel passages, wording of previous translations, literal original language meaning, and other ways of translating a word or phrase with brief comments to make it clearer in our language use today. This will be useful for reading and in-depth studying. The spacing and font size are comfortable. The 6x9 pages are off-white with a 1-1/2 inch light blue area on the outer edge of the pages to take notes, also has passage content and cross-references. There is a subject index in the back with major events and topics of the Bible, and the chapters where they can be studied. The Bible is hardcover with a paper cover [ISBN  978-0-7180-1918-1]. It is well-bound and has a page-marker ribbon. Thomas Nelson offers registration for lifetime guarantee on the quality of this Bible. This Bible is also available in Bonded Leather, and Imitation Leather.

A copy of The [expanded] Bible was provided free to me by the publisher through BookSneeze for bloggers in exchange for my personal review.

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