Friday, June 19, 2009

NET Bible - First 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: 9.75 X 7.0 X 2.25

What’s inside?
This Bible is printed on Premium Bible paper, the text is clear 9 point type, the translators' notes are 7.5 point type text. The lay out of this Bible is double column format, black letter edition, with paragraph/subject headings. Features include 60,932 extensive translators' notes (more translators' notes than any other Bible in history), detailed table of contents, glossary of terms, 12 full color satellite maps, 8 full color pictures, 6 maps depicting the old testament periods, and 4 Journeys of Paul line maps. This edition has gold gilded page edges, which adds to the traditional elegance of this Bible. Along with this Bible is included a bonus Companion CD which is a very well featured program.

In the Front
  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. Introduction to the First Edition
  3. Books of the Bible in Canonical Order
In the Back
  1. NET Bible Principles of Translation
  2. Abbreviations
  3. List of Cited Works
  4. Principal Manuscript Evidence for the Greek New Testament
  5. Hebrew and Greek Translation
  6. Detailed Table of Contents
  7. Index to NET Bible 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
Many would assume that this edition is meant especially for those in ministry or those who know the original languages but this isn't the case. The translators' notes of the first Edition are meant to help people get a better idea of what the original languages said and of the translation process that went into the NET Bible. Personally I love the extensive translators' notes of this edition, they are very useful and interesting. Even though I can't read Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek I still find the notes fascinating and comprehensible, although I'm sure someone with knowledge of the the original languages would find this edition even more helpful. Many times I find myself using this Bible along side other study Bibles to get a better idea of what the original languages said. This edition lays flat while reading, which is very helpful when studying or while comparing translations. The Net Bible First Edition is a good choice for study because of the extensive translators' notes and the wonderful maps.I recommend the First Edition to those looking for a study Bible with extensive translators' notes.

This Edition can be found at the link below


  1. One of the outstanding qualities of the NET Bible is the massive footnote and reference section. As to the translation itself, I find it good, but not exceptional.

    One should note that there seems to be a pretty close relationship between this Bible and the good folks at Dallas Seminary. It's not an "official" relationship, but should be acknowledged to help us "locate" the Bible translation on the theological spectrum. If someone knows more and wants to speak to this, I'd welcome more information.

    The "beta" versions of the NET Bible and now this First Edition have been available for download free of charge. I found this astonishing! On the laptop I use most frequently, I carry a cheap NIV translation and the NET Bible translation. I use the NIV more just because the NIV came bundled with a decent search engine, and the NET Bible download wasn't as easy to search in.

    This is a Bible you should consider using! For those of us who find it important to be "conservative," this is. It reads pretty well, and the footnotes are very helpful.

  2. Dr. Cal Redmond- Thank you for your comment and for the information regarding the NET Bible. I'm sure many readers will find this information helpful.

  3. I read it online - love it! :D

  4. Here's a very interesting interview by Dr. Hall Harris III about the NET Bible (he was the project director for the NET Bible).