Thursday, June 18, 2009

NET Bible - Compact Edition - Cromwell Premium Bonded Leather

About the Binding & Cover
This edition is made from smooth finished Cromwell Premium Bonded Leather, with a Premium Smythe sewn binding. The cover has a smooth leathery feel, and rich color. Bonded leather is made from tiny bits of leather reformed together with latex binders to create one sold sheet of leather. Depending on the quality bonded leather is composed of 80% to 100% leather fibers. Bonded leather doesn't last as long as Genuine Leather, but does certainly out lasts other types of covers. Smythe sewn binding is considered the highest quality binding, the pages are sewn and glued to the spine of the Bible. The benefits are a long lasting Bible that can be read and reread for years without falling apart. Books with Smythe sewn binding will stand up to more abuse than regular glued binding, and can be read on a flat surface. For these reasons many textbooks, picture books and Bibles that are designed to stand the tests of time use Smythe sewn binding. Smythe sewn book printing and binding gets its name from its inventor, an Irish-American named David McConnell Smythe (1833-1807). A pioneer of modern day bookbinding, Smythe took a bold leap forward over the centuries old methods of binding by producing the first technology and methods for sewing book pages to the spine to create a book of superior quality and appearance. Smythe-sewn Bibles are durable, but they may be heavier and less flexible than glued Bibles. That said if you want the best, then you want Smythe sewn binding. Size: 6.75 x 4.5 in

What’s inside?
This Bible is printed on Premium Bible paper, the text is clear 8 point type, the translators' notes are 5.5 point type text. The lay out of this Bible is double column format, black letter edition, with paragraph/subject headings. Features include 7,722 condensed translators' notes, glossary of terms, Concordance with over 6300 entries/references covering more than 1000 key biblical terms, detailed table of contents, Bible Answers to Life Questions, On Prayer section a resource that lists more than 25 passages about prayer, Scripture Memory Verses, NET Bible Maps six Old Testament Maps, four Journeys of Paul Maps and two brand new New Testament Maps. This edition has gold gilded page edges. Along with this Bible is included a bonus Companion CD which is a very well featured program.

In the Front
  1. Preface to the Compact Edition
  2. Introduction to the Compact Edition
  3. The NET Bible Team
  4. Books of the Bible in Canonical Order
In the Back
  1. Glossary of Terms
  2. Compact Concordance
  3. Principles of Translation
  4. Bible Answers to Life Questions (Preview at )
  5. On Prayer (located online at )
  6. Scripture Memory Verses
  7. Detailed Table of Contents
  8. Index to NET Bible Maps-Black and White New & Old Testament Maps
Contents of the Companion CD
NET Bible
  • HTML version like the one online
  • HTML Help version - searchable (windows only)
History of the English Bible Articles
  • Part I: From Wycliffe to King James (The Period of Challenge)
  • Part II: The Reign of the King James (The Era of Elegance)
  • Part III: From the KJV to the RV (from Elegance to Accuracy)
  • Part IV: Why So Many Versions?
Making of the NET Bible Articles
  • Innovations in the Text and Translation of the NET Bible, New Testament
  • An Open Letter Regarding The NET Bible, New Testament
  • Consideration of Contexts in the Translation Philosophy of the NET Bible: Discussion and Examples
Studying the Bible Section
  • Finding God - a brief explanation of God’s plan of salvation
  • The Basics of the Faith - A question and answer Bible study series
  • Introduction to Christian Belief - A layman’s guide to systematic theology
  • How to Study the Bible ($15 book) - covers the place of the Bible in the life of the Christian, key components of Bible study, and different kinds of Bible study.
  • How to Teach the Bible - Shows you how to begin to communicate what you’ve learned in your study of the Bible to other people.
Gospel of John Tools
  • Audio version of Gospel of John
  • Pastor's Commentary on John - Bob Deffinbaugh
  • Technical Commentary on John - Hall Harris
Reference Tools:
  • Introductions, Outlines and Arguments of whole New Testament - extensive background materials
  • Easton's Bible Dictionary
  • Nave's Topical Bible
  • Torrey's Topical Textbook
  • Matthew Henry's Commentary
About this Translation
This information is from "Preface To The NET Bible " if you would like to learn more about this translation please refer to the above address."The NET Bible is a completely new translation of the Bible with 60,932 translators’ notes! (The translators' notes can be found online and in the printed First Edition) It was completed by more than 25 scholars – experts in the original biblical languages – who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. The translators’ notes make the original languages far more accessible, allowing you to look over the translator’s shoulder at the very process of translation. This level of documentation is a first for a Bible translation, making transparent the textual basis and the rationale for key renderings (including major interpretive options and alternative translations). This unparalleled level of detail helps connect people to the Bible in the original languages in a way never before possible without years of study of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It unlocks the riches of the Bible’s truth from entirely new perspectives.

The Deutero-Canonical books/Apocrypha are not completely translated yet and are not certainly in the printed editions. Plans are underway to translate these books the translators' of the Net Bible seek to create a translation which all Christians can use regardless of denomination.

The Net Bible can be found online at go to for a free downloadable copy. A short video about the NET Bible Watch

My Personal Opinion
This Bible has clear, easy to read text, which is always nice to see in a compact edition. I would like to point out that the size of this edition is 6.75" x 4.5", as you can tell from the photo I have very small hands which makes this Bible look larger than it actually is. The features of this edition such as the Compact Concordance, Bible Answers to Life Questions, On Prayer section, and Scripture Memory Verses section makes this Bible a very useful compact edition. I recommend This edition to any one looking for a compact NET Bible.

This Edition can be found at the link below.

NET Bible, Bonded leather, burgundy Compact Edition


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