Review: The Amplified Bible

The Amplified Bible
The Amplified Bible by Anonymous
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hopefully, the “Amplifying” work will continue. The Amplified Bible is awesome in the way of bibles. I own over a dozen versions and this is one of my top 3 favorites. Tens of thousands of hours into the original Greek and Hebrew meanings of words went into making this version of the bible.

As you are reading, the meanings of the words are in parenthesis right behind the words. Examples: Samuel [heard of God] or vain [empty, futile] or abide [live, remain, walk]. It tells right in the text and footnotes the meanings of names (favored one, close friend) and takes into consideration that the English language often lacks a single word to describe a Greek picture word, so explanation is given within the text for that too. That’s nice. I always thought vain meant standing in front of a mirror or primping. Now I see that lots of things are vanity, and it opened up what it means to “take God’s name in vain” to me.

That being said, I hope the work for revised editions continues, as one of my favorite novels is East of Eden. The major premise of that Steinbeck work is based on the Hebrew word Timshel (thou mayest, not thou will or thou must) in regards to the oldest battle of all time between humans. Cain and Abel and being marked by our sin.

Hopefully this review will help anyone interested in this version of the bible. I recommend investing in a new version of the bible every year or two because it’s interesting and it makes us discover new gems in old caves by not having those comfortable hi-lites to draw our attention to.

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