Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers
Don’t laugh that I am reviewing a “mom” Bible! I was interested in the additional material and notes that would be included plus I don’t have a New Century Version Bible and was interested in the translation.
In general, a Bible is a Bible. And this one was no different. I didn’t particularly like the New Century Version (NCV) translation but I did not feel like it was a “bad” or untrue translation. To me, if felt over-simplified. The NCV has been described in the following way “a completely new translation published by the American Bible Society in 1995. Originally intended as a children’s translation, it uses a very simple, contemporary style. It is independent of traditional translations and freer of “biblical” terms. This is an especially good translation for people who speak English as a second language.”
A few other comments on the translation itself:
- Rhetorical Questions: The NCV states rhetorical questions more directly and according to their implied answer. For example, “What god is so great as our God.” is translated “No god is as great as our God.”
- Figures of Speech: These are translated according to their meanings as opposed to the original words.
- Obscure Items: These are clarified in the NCV. For example “high places” is translated “places where gods were worshiped.”
The “Mom” Bible includes several special features:
- Each book is introduced to help you understand the historical, emotional, and spiritual context of the book using modern day analogies and situations.
- “Walking In” feature takes a look at our daily attitudes.
- “Passing It On” feature challenges us to focus on what really matters and what legacy we are leaving for our children.
- “Moms in the Bible” feature profiles moms and what we can learn from their lives.
- “Insights” provide short snipets of thoughts related to a specific Bible verse/verses.
- Other features include: Our God Is, Godly Character, Wonderful Counselor, and Questions Kids Ask
I did enjoy the “extra” material in this version. It is like a built in devotional book just for moms.
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