The NET Bible by (1st Edition) undertook a new approach to translation with the First Edition NET Bible by allowing the reader to read 60,932 translator notes spread throughout its pages. This means you can better understand the original languages even if you don’t speak Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

You can read or download the NET Bible online for free, but this review features the premium bonded leather version with Smyth-sewn binding.

The NET Bible was created by over 25 biblical language scholars to provide a free, faithful Bible translation that could be used by Christians and ministries globally without the restraints of translations with intellectual property limitations. By providing thousands of translation notes to complement the text, the NET Bible hopes to reveal biblical truths from entirely new perspectives.

John 3:16
For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

James 1:27
Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

As a twentysomething, I find the 9.5 point type and kerning to be perfect. However, the type size may be a bit too small for comfort for older generations. As with other study Bibles, the translation footnotes sometimes take up the lion’s share of a page. But if you are reading the NET Bible, you are likely doing so to get the insights of the translators’ notes, in which case the more the merrier.

The premium Cromwell bonded leather cover is soft yet firm and good quality for a bonded leather Bible. The pages are made of premium Bible paper with gold gilded edges and bound with Smyth-sewn binding.

It is large but not too large. Surprisingly, it is comfortable to hold and lays beautifully despite its size and newness.

In addition to the rich translators’ notes, the NET Bible also features full color satellite maps of the Holy Lands. Additional features include the standard maps of the journeys of Abraham, Moses, and Paul, etc. as well as a concordance.

Overall, the NET Bible is a good mix of quality where it counts while still keeping the price very affordable.

Translation: The NET Bible
Publisher: Bible Studies Press (2005)
ISBN: 0737501014
Language: English
Cost: $39.95

Cover: premium Cromwell bonded leather (black)
Binding: Smyth-sewn binding with 1 black ribbon marker
Pages: 2,560 pages of premium Bible paper with gold gilded edges
Type: 9.5 point black text
Dimensions: 6.75″ x 9.63″ x 2″
Special Features: 60,932 translation notes from over 25 scholars, full color satellite maps and photos, concordance

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