WIN A FREE COPY of the Common English Bible, & Celebrate the Fourth Sunday In Lent #CEBtour

In Celebration of the Fourth Sunday in Lent, enjoy this power point provided courtesy of the Common English Bible. Also, check-out the giveaway at the end of the post!


Known for being “built on common ground,” the Common English Bible is a collaboration of 120 academic scholars and editors, 77 reading group leaders, and more than 500 average readers from around the world who joined together to clearly translate the Bible’s original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek languages into 21st century English. More than half-a-million copies of the Bible are currently in print. It’s also available online and in 20 digital formats.

“When we say ‘built on common ground,’ we mean that the Common English Bible is the result of collaboration between opposites: scholars working with average readers; conservatives working with liberals; teens working with retirees; men working with women; many denominations and many ethnicities coming together around the common goal of creating a vibrant and clear translation for 21st century readers, with the ultimate objective of mutually accomplishing God’s overall work in the world; in essence, helping Bible readers live on common ground,” says Paul Franklyn, PhD, associate publisher for the Common English Bible.

The Common English Bible is written in contemporary idiom at the same reading level as the newspaper USA TODAY—using language that’s comfortable and accessible for today’s English readers. It’s available—with and without the Apocrypha—in multiple editions and bindings.

Information about the Common English Bible is available on its website, Twitter stream, Facebook page, and video.

Combining scholarly accuracy with vivid language, the Common English Bible is the work of 120 biblical scholars from 24 denominations in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities, representing such academic institutions as Asbury Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Bethel Seminary, Denver Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Seattle Pacific University, Wheaton College, Yale University, and many others.

Additionally, more than 500 readers in 77 groups field-tested the translation. Every verse was read aloud in the reading groups, where potentially confusing passages were identified. The translators considered the groups' responses and, where necessary, reworked those passages to clarify in modern English their meaning from the original languages. In total, more than 700 people worked jointly to bring the Common English Bible to fruition; and because of the Internet and today’s technology it was completed in less than four years.


As part of the "Common English Bible Change Your Heart and Life" tour, extending from February through May, copies of the CEB are being given away to readers all over the United States.

You have the opportunity to be selected to receive the CEB through this blog.

To enter, you must be a resident of the United States (sorry international readers! As a Canadian blogger, I can feel your pain).

Simply leave a comment below with your email address and stating why you'd like to receive the Bible, and I will randomly pick a winner from those who enter. I'll then email you for your address to send to the publisher, and you will receive your copy of the CEB in the mail! How sweet is that?

The contest ends Saturday March 24, 2012.
Good luck :)

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