Friday, December 2, 2011

The Names of God Bible - published by Revell - Reviewed

From Revell Publishing:

Open the door to a more intimate relationship with God

·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

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

My Thoughts:

Traditionally, and by personal conviction, I seldom us any Bible translation other than the KJV. However, I was intrigued by God's Word Translation and especially the format that included the Names of God. I have been using this Bible for several weeks now, and I'm convinced that this translation and its study helps can be of great use to believers at any point in their spiritual journey.

I have particularly been impressed with the easy access to the names of God within the text. The believer has the original language translated, but the writer's go on to explain how and why this particular name of God was used in the specific portion of Scripture. With that information, and being able to read the transliterated name within the text, the believer gains a much deeper level of understanding. There is also a brief and personal application and testimony on the two-page spread and even a personal prayer fashioned around the meaning of the name. All key scriptures pertaining to the name are also listed.

The information about the name of God makes this a treasure trove for believers! But this Bible has even more to offer! The beginning of each book of the Bible has an itroduction that provides historical context of the time period in which the book was written. It also includes prominent themes that run throughout the book of the Bible. The believer is able to enjoy their time in God's Word in a more personal and meaningful way than ever before!

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