The [Expanded] Bible

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Hope you’ll bear with me for another review.

I recently got a copy of The [Expanded] Bible, a hardback study Bible, through the Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program. The tagline for the product is “Study the Bible While You Read, ” but I don’t think you can really do that with this Bible. The notes are inline, which makes it incredibly difficult to read–at least for me. Perhaps some people will find that helpful and not distracting, but I think it would be much better to have the notes placed in footnotes at the bottom of the page instead. I mean, I think the notes are actually helpful, especially if you can’t read Greek, but as an example, I find it difficult to concentrate while reading the following:

In the beginning [Gen. 1:1] there was the Word [the Word already existed; the Word refers to Christ, God’s revelation of himself]. The word was with [in the presence of; in intimate relationship with] God [the Father], and the word was [fully] God. (John 1:1)

The text (New Century Version) is in bold, which I think is their attempt to make it more readable, but the notes make it so choppy you can’t really read through it. I think it’s great as a reference, but not for daily reading. It would probably be a great tool online. The words could be underlined instead of using brackets, and then the notes could pop up when you place the mouse over the word. I give it three stars out of five.

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3 Responses to “The [Expanded] Bible”

  1. Kansas Bob says:

    Appears to be a lot like The Amplified Bible.. which I never cared too much for.

  2. Ash888 says:

    That looks like a lot of great information, but as you say, I think that format would drive me batty.

  3. @bibledude says:

    I agree with Kansas Bob that it sounds a lot like the Amplified Bible, but rather I actually like it. However, I agree with you that it is probably better for study than it is for casual reading.