Those of us who are regular and happy users of the NET Bible will be interested to see the following post on Michael Burer’s blog. If you haven’t come across this translation yet, I warmly commend it. It’s a fresh and original translation and its extensive footnotes are particularly helpful for pastors or students undertaking exegetical study. I hope to write a full review of the forthcoming version 2.0 when it comes out. (See my review a while ago of version 1).
It is always exciting to hear when someone reads and benefits from the NET Bible and the “Ministry First” apporach of Bible.org. That’s why the project began: so people could read a modern English translation, without cost if necessary, and benefit from the scholarship there. It is a little more difficult, however, to know exactly when that happens or how many are reading and studying from the NET Bible. Yes, we can track downloads of the NET Bible and sales of the printed versions, but those numbers often don’t translate well into real world effect. So we are trying to think of ways to gauge how the NET Bible is being used out in the real world.
To sweeten the deal, for every 50 people that send us their story (either by adding a comment below or by clicking on the Tell us How Bible.org has Blessed You link) we’ll select one random winner to receive a free genuine leather NET Bible to keep or give away.
See the full post at http://blog.bible.org/netbible/content/share-your-net-bible-story-us
Andy Cheung is the Academic Dean at King’s Evangelical Divinity School, a distance learning college.