Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Names Of God Bible ~ review

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1728 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Gift edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080071931X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719319

From the Back Cover:

• Discover the Hebrew names of God within the biblical text
• Encounter God through prayers, promises, and devotional readings
• Experience God's character more deeply by studying his names

Open the door to a more intimate relationship with God
One of the best ways to get to know God on a deeper level is to know his names and titles as revealed in Scripture. Now the bestselling author of Praying the Names of God and Praying the Names of Jesus uncovers the richness of God's character and love found in his names right within the Bible text.

The Names of God Bible restores more than 10,000 occurrences of specific names of God--like Yahweh, El Shadday, El Elyon, and Adonay--to help readers connect with the Hebrew roots of their Christian faith and experience a deeper understanding of God's character. Perfect for personal study, prayer, and reflection, The Names of God Bible includes these special features:

More than 10,000 names and titles of God restored to their Hebrew equivalent and printed in brown ink to stand out within the biblical text

Names of God reading paths lead readers to the next reference of the name so they can pray and study the names of God throughout Scripture

Name Pages feature
-background information associated with the most important names and titles of God
-key Scripture passages in which the name is revealed
-devotional readings for each of the featured names
-specific Bible promises connected to each of the featured names

Calling God by Name sidebars shed light on the relationship between biblical people and the specific names they called God

My take on this Bible:
"The Names Of God Bible" edited by Ann Spangler allows Bible readers the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the many different names and titles that are used to refer to God in the Bible, in the language they were originally  used in. This Bible is written in the God's Word Translation making it very easy to read and understand. The first thing that I noticed about this Bible was the alphabetical list of names and titles of God, as well as a pronunciation guide for the names and titles which I found very handy. The pages are presented in single column, instead of the normal double column which I see in most Bibles. Before each book of the Bible their is a brief introduction that touches on the main themes of the book, and also provides a list of names and titles of God that appear in each book. I also enjoyed the name pages peppered through out the text, which gives background on the specific name as well as specific Bible promises connected to that name. There are also scripture call outs which highlight key scriptures for memorization and reflection. There is also several reading plans provided that can help guide the user in how to navigate thru this Bible.
Overall I really enjoyed this Bible, and was actually pretty surprised at the many different names of God. I thought the text was easy on the eye, and the pages were quite eye appealing. The only negative I would give this Bible is the fact that God's word isn't presented in red. This is a translation that I have been turning to often, and will continue to use on a daily basis.

*A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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