Monday, May 28, 2007

Olive Tree's Software Review (Part 2): The New English Translation (NET Bible), First Edition

Olive has been the software leader in providing user’s with top-quality, highly educational and divinely inspirational Christian content in the form of Bibles and biblical studies, tools and references. Their software crosses over to a multitude of mobile platforms as well as a host of different languages from many countries all over the world. Olive Tree offers a plethora of content that can be viewed in various formats. Olive Tree’s cutting-edge software allows users to view content as books, articles, maps, pictures and illustrations, animation and videos.

There simply is no other company that provides the wealth of choices for the seeker or the follower, novice in the faith or mature disciple. The content on Olive Tree’s site continues to grow as new material is regularly updated and added. is THE choice for your source of Christian studies and Bibles for your PDA.

The New English Translation (NET Bible), First Edition
is a newcomer in the field of recently published Bibles. What set this version apart from many others are the clear, modern language that it is written in and the wealth of information that it is packed in this edition. There are over 60,000 notes from the translators and over 700 references to other works that serve as powerful tools and essential aids for in-depth, biblical study.

A good example of this can be found in the translator notes of Acts 2: 38:

The verb is a third person imperative, but the common translation “let each of you be baptized” obscures the imperative force in English, since it sounds more like a permissive (“each of you may be baptized”) to the average English reader.

The translators strive to clear up any doubt or confusion that the average reader may come across. Translators’ notes may also include the Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic meanings and their text in their native tongue. Their direct and detailed explanations provide deeper meaning to the scriptures. The writing flows clearly and elegantly.

For example, in 1 Peter 1:1, Peter opens the book by mentioning disciples who have been temporarily residing abroad. The corresponding note goes into elegant detail describing the Diaspora or the dispersion of the Jews at the time of the writing. Moreover, the translators’ notes include the original Greek word in its native font. This is a detail that isn’t found in most Bible versions.

The New English Translation (NET Bible), First Edition strives to present scripture in lucid and elegant prose while seeking to maintain the integrity of the scriptures’ original meaning from the more popularly known and profound Hebrew and Greek to the nearly extinct Aramaic language. This is a powerful addition to any Bible readers’ collection.

You can find out about The New English Translation (NET Bible), First Edition and many other books for your PDA at the new look .

(Originally posted on Palm Addicts)

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