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Holy Bible: English Standard Version

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The English Standard Version of the Bible, the world's fastest-growing Bible translation. ...more
Hardcover, 1056 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Collins (first published September 24th 2001)
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Christopher Lewis Kozoriz Neither. The Word is God. (See John 1:1) God spoke the word and created man. He took the rib of man and made woman. He said, "let us make man in our i…moreNeither. The Word is God. (See John 1:1) God spoke the word and created man. He took the rib of man and made woman. He said, "let us make man in our image." Man was created from the dust and we will return to the dust. If you believe on Jesus Christ, you will have everlasting life. If you do not believe you will have everlasting punishment. Turn to God and repent of your sins. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.(less)
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Emily
Nov 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not gay enough
God
Jul 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my best work
Jen
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since this is actually 66 books in one, perhaps I should review them as I go. This is my second go-round with the Bible, reading it cover to cover, but I'm trying to do it in one year this time rather than the nearly four years it took me last time. [EDIT NOTE: Okay, so it's taking me more than a year. We'll go for a year and a half.] I refuse to review this as a theological text, even though it is for me and that's why I'm re-reading it, as this is a book review website and not a church forum. ...more
Rebecca
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's strange that one of the most important, most dangerous, and most misused books in the world could be so mind-numbingly boring.

Also, anyone who claims they live their life by the bible should actually read it and see exactly what it is they claim to do. I'm guessing most people ignore 90% of what it says to do. Really, you could just collect everything Jesus says into one slender manual and cut the rest, since Jesus's sermons are the only parts anyone should really be proud of. The rest of
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Robert
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: different-view
A terrible book. Badly written with awful pacing. Trivial details are explained in mind-numbing detail, while actual important questions about what is God and the afterlife are ignored. The morals are inconsistent, incoherent and often abhorrent. It advocates genocide, sexism, bigotry, murder, massacre and hatred of everyone who disagrees. This book has no relevance for modern days and should be confined to the dustbin of history.
Ben Marks
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ruby Lewis
May 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
too long
Robert Whiston
Dec 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unbelivabe characters, poor writing skills. This fantasy book can't even keep the internal logic of it's world going. And the god character is just such a unrelenting villian that it's a real downer. ...more
Matthew
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
My review: Life.
What I am learning from this book: Salvation. Life. Joy. Truth. Hope. Courage.
Thom
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly written fiction.
Sid
Jul 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This sucks. It doesn't have enough frogs. And. It could be gayer. ...more
Kai Santana
Jul 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Made me go to therapy for 5 years, could be gayer.
Daniel Colt
Oct 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring!
torque
May 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I had taken notes while reading I would have a lot more to say. I was actually reluctant to reading the bible when I was younger as I was actually worried I would be beliver. However, this book can make an atheist out of anybody. It's pretty obvious to me that these books were written at different times by different people, not inspired by one God (unless he's got many, many personalities), who have at least one thing in common, namely controlling other people using fear, although maybe for d ...more
Jon Adams
May 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst fantasy/speculative fiction novel of all time.
Although, I guess it is GDAF; there's a veritable shit ton of murder.
I mean, seriously, what kind of microuniverse was the Ark?
Sure, turning water into wine would be a badass party trick, but physics!
Don't even get me started on how a population formed from two people (both with belly buttons even though they were "created"...) that had 3 sons.

Meh.
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Jenna Mills
Nov 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At 20% Joshua
Another deeply depressing book. I'd compare it best to violent computer games nobody ever wants kids to play. For some bizarre reason, it's ok that cities are destroyed (down to the last donkey, never mind the children), so long as God is on your side. The God in this book is heartless and vengeful, and even stoops so low as blackmailing Joshua towards the end! I'll continue helping you to kill people and take their land and wealth for yourselves so long as you have nothing to do wi
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Liv
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Danko
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ew
☆Pelumi☆ (Going on hiatus because school exists)
Not enough gay but then.....


"Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
So the saying spread abroad among the brothers[b] that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say
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Adam Calvert
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
The best English translation of the Bible available.

The goal of the translators was to make this as readable as the NIV and as literal as the NASB. If that goal could ever have been achieved (translation in itself really is a difficult task), God used the translators of the ESV to do it.

The one place I have an issue with is Daniel 9:25. It seems clear from the text that "there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again..." should have been translated, "there shall be
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Hallo Weena
Jan 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
fuck this science fiction propoganda
Matt Shaqfan
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I wish this book was about Shaq.
Lima
Apr 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very boring. Wouldn't read it again. Kind of dragged on. I was really waiting for the Jesus to die part but it was kind of anti-climatic. A lot of family history that I can't keep up with. Lots of plot holes. This book is a mess. 5/5 if it was a murder novel but it's religious fiction. ...more
Agustin
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First of, I'm going to analyse a few of the many self-contradictions and plotholes in the most influential book ever written. I suggest most die-hard fanatics to avoid reading this, otherwise you'll be offended as hell (no pun intentioned).

So let me get this straight:

1. God, THE perfect entity, created humans in his own image, after his likeness (or shall I say "their", as, quoting Genesis 1:26: Then God said, “Let us make man[h] in OUR image, after OUR likeness." After all, he didn't say "my" i
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Ryan
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
George Mueller read the bible over 200 times in his life. One of my friend's preacher Grandfather read the bible right at 400 times before he died. I'd like to land somewhere in there if God lets me live long enough and Jesus waits to come back. I've been reading for the last 14 years and the things i have learned would take a book to explain. But it has made me a better preacher a better husband a better person in general.

"these are not mere words, they are your very life" Deuteronomy 32:47
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Lilly Tanner
I liked it. It was great fiction. I enjoyed the parts with Jesus and his twelve boyfriends and the drama between them. I do think that Jesus was a little bit overpowered. Otherwise it was great.
Brenda Funk
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I did it! Read through the whole Bible this year. Many parts of it left me confused and dismayed. I must confess that my understanding of what this all means is not very complete. But -- one thing I have taken great hope and joy in is the underlying theme that runs through it all, that is the bottom line -- of the redemptiveness of God's love, of restoration and hope and healing that is coming. When I read these passages I am stirred almost to tears, I am filled with 'home-sickness' as I t ...more
Paul Bryant
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: godreads
I thought of a very short summary for those who don't have the time to read the whole thing. It's along the lines of the synopsis of Moby Dick I read somewhere:

Boy meets whale; boy loses whale; boy gets whale back again

So for the Bible it's

God meets people; God loses people; God gets people back again

In theological terms that's covenant; apostasy; incarnation and atonement

I admit my summary misses out the part where the incarnated God is deliberately killed by people and then resurrects himself
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Fran
Aug 14, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
not enough gay people :(
Sean Morrow
In Part I God makes a bunch of rules, and ruthlessly punishes his chosen people for not following said rules. In Part II God sacrifices himself to himself so that he doesn't have to punish people for breaking the rules any more. The rest of Part II is mainly about how most of the old rules don't apply any more, except for the ones that do (namely, don't be gay or a sorcerer). Then a bunch of weird apocalyptic shit happens. ...more
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