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The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition: Holman Christian Standard Bible Optimized for Digital Readers Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B00CM13NTU
- Publisher : Holman Bible Publishers (1 October 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 3513 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 3194 pages
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It has been improved in December 2010 and re-issued. Although there is only a table of contents as opposed to a book index, it is now easier to navigate. The Bible text does not have endless footnote and cross-reference superscript numbers (because there aren't any) and is, consequently, easier to read.
I like the HCSB and it reads well. I'm not a Bible expert but only an occasional reader but I'd say that it fits comfortably between the ESV which requires more thought when reading, and the NLT which uses more modern language and sentence structure. My impression is that the HCSB mostly uses similarly modern language to the NLT, but manages to retain more of the original sentence order and structure. It reads well and I like it.
If you just want to 'read' the bible on the Kindle I'd say you cannot go wrong with this cheap HCSB download. That said the new HCSB Study Bible is good in Kindle format and has decent cross-referencing and navigation though I'd say that the ESV Study Bible still has the best Kindle navigation of all (but HCSB is almost as good and not defective in any way) at less than half the price of the HCSB Study Bible.
My suggestion: Buy this cheap HCSB Bible and if you like it (ignoring the higher price) then go on to buy the HCSB Study Bible.
Like other reviewers, I hadn't heard of this translation, although since downloading I have noticed that it is included on the [...] list of translations which gives it more authenticity in my eyes now.
It's searchable and definitely readable. I have an NLT version at home but this is fine too.
If you want a Bible on your Kindle for any reason, I definitely suggest you download this immediately.
Thanks to the publishers for making it free!
For me there are two major factors that lead me to see the HCSB as a good, but slightly less than ideal, English translation of the Bible. The first of these is the fact that the translators have proceeded from a fixed, pre-determined point of view (similar to that of the NIV's translators): namely that the Bible is 'God's inspired Word, inerrant in the original manuscripts'. So instead of attempting to approach the texts without presuppositions (no easy task, admittedly), they have settled upon the nature and meaning of these texts in advance. Indeed, one of the translators' stated aims is 'to affirm the authority of Scripture as God's Word...' This, in my view, may well be a proper aim for an evangelist (arguably), but it goes well beyond the proper remit of a conscientious translator.
My second concern centres on the style of language. For a translation that purports to present the Bible in contemporary English (as of 2010, its year of publication), some passages have a slightly dated feel to them (compared to the contemporary form of English I'm personally used to - others' experience may be different). This is particularly apparent in the translators' 'gender language policy', in which they react against what they see as a 'program [followed by others] to engineer the removal of a perceived male bias in the English language'. But in certain parts of the New Testament, the HCSB ends up using the masculine form for certain expressions where it is not actually present in the original text - much of NT Greek is, after all, gender neutral. This is, of course, a challenging area, and translators cannot win whatever they do - for me, however, the decisions the HCSB translators have made result in a few passages that do not read like the present-day English of my experience.
More positively, however, the HCSB generally reads very well and (as far as I can tell, given that I've largely forgotten the little bit of NT Greek I once learned) makes a good attempt at rendering the subtleties of the text. That is to say, it doesn't sacrifice fidelity to readability (though, as noted above, it runs the risk of sacrificing fidelity to presupposition). The translators are also to be congratulated for drawing on at least some advances in scholarly research, and for (apparently) using the best available Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts as the basis for their work.
As to the specific qualities of the Digital Text Edition, the HCSB is (mostly) well formatted and easily navigable (unlike some e-book editions of the Bible). These factors, along with price (free, at time of writing) give Kindle users cause to 'rejoice greatly'!
Although I've offered some criticisms of the HCSB Digital Text Edition, I am happy to recommend it.
In the whole though, this should be ideal to have on your kindle, whether to read all the way through, or just if you need one for reference; plus a boon for some people, this is set out clearly in nice up to date modern English.