My mother asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, and I asked for a copy of the NET Bible. I seldom use this translation because I rarely make use of digital resources during spur of the moment study. Well my copy arrived in the mail a few days back and I love it. It is very well made and has a nice leather cover in a beautiful tan-brown.
What I love most about this NET Bible is that there are three types of notes. If you’re not familiar with them, they are either regular study notes, notes on the translation from Greek or Hebrew, or else notes on textual criticism. I’ve spent just enough time studying Greek that I can follow the majority of the notes in the NT. I have a bit more trouble with the Hebrew, however I still can follow most of the discussion in the OT as well.
Even though I’ve been blessed many times over in the past month with numerous free Bibles, I think I am going to make the NET Bible my primary translation for 2009. I will also be using my ESV, NLT, and TNIV Study Bibles frequently as I make comparisons among them and spend more time with their notes. However I’ve never really spent much time with the NET before so I think it will be a refreshing change from the versions which I used in 2008. I’ll be sure to keep you updated with my impressions.