The CEB committee's stated goals were to "to make the Bible accessible to a broad range of people; it’s written at a comfortable level for over half of all English readers. As the translators did their work, reading specialists working with seventy-seven reading groups from more than a dozen denominations review the texts to ensure a smooth and natural reading experience. Easy readability can enhance church worship and participation, and personal Bible study. It also encourages children and youth to discover the Bible for themselves, perhaps for the very first time." All of these are very important goals which I think are so very necessary in the times we live in.
Recently, I received a hardbound copy of the CEB Study Bible w/ Apocrypha to review. I am really enjoying exploring this translation, since it is meant to read very differently than the more formal translations. And I am not just looking at the standard go-to verses that we all typically look up first thing, instead I am trying to read much larger chunks of text. I hope to report back to you on what I have discovered at a future date.
The CEB Study Bible w/ Apocrypha is beautifully made. Its presented in a single column format, with loads of cross-references. In addition, there are full-color illustrations, photos, and a page-layout that makes it far more attractive than pretty much every Catholic Study Bible on the market. (Yeah, no surprise there!) The spine is sewn and there are no glossy inserts anywhere to be found.
Here are some photos, which will give you a little flavor of what this study bible has to offer.
I want to thank the CEB folks for providing me a copy to review