If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to read the Bible with a Bible translator—discussing how they got from Hebrew and Greek to the English text in front of you—then you should check out the NET Bible Full Notes Edition from Thomas Nelson.
What I like about the NET Bible
I was first introduced to the NET (New English Translation) Bible in college. I quickly learned the value of its translator, text criticism, and study notes for serious study of Scripture. There is simply nothing else like the NET Bible out there in terms of the level of detail provided in its notes!
As I’ve learned Hebrew and Greek in college and seminary, I’ve still found the NET Bible useful even when I disagree with the final translation choice into English. This is because the translation notes frequently both (1) explain the translation committee’s rationale for their choice and (2) discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the other potential options.
Sure, the notes don’t discuss every single choice that the translators made. But this is probably the closest most people can get to reading the Bible with a translation committee!
What’s more, while they can’t replace the value of good Bible commentaries and engaging with the original languages on your own, the NET notes are a great way to quickly get up to speed on the most pressing linguistic questions when you’re studying a passage.
NETBible.org: Read the NET Bible online
For a free taste of what the NET Bible study notes are like, I recommend that you bookmark netbible.org as one of your go-to online Bible study resources.
In addition to the full text and notes of the NET Bible, netbible.org also gives you access to
- the text of other Bible translations (ESV, HCSB, ISV, KJV, MSG, NASB)
- some free Bible commentary resources (Constable’s Notes, Maclaren, and Matthew Henry)
- all of the resources available at Bible.org
- basic tools for interacting with the Hebrew and Greek text of the Bible.
Learn more about the NET Bible Full Notes Edition
Browsing netbible.org is probably the best way to get familiar with the content of the NET Bible and its study notes.
To get familiar with the physical Full Notes Edition Bible before purchasing, check out its product page. There you’ll find pictures and a video of both the interior and exterior of the Bible.
If you’d like to learn even more, check out:
What I don’t like about the NET Bible
Of course, the downside to the NET Bible’s inclusion of SO MUCH information in its Full Notes Edition is that it makes the physical Bible quite large—and potentially overwhelming to people.
Some pages—like the beginnings of Genesis and John, for example—end up being 90% notes and only 10% Bible text. Like I mentioned above, those notes are a goldmine for anyone wanting to really dig into a passage. But if you’re a newcomer to Scripture and/or you’re just interested in reading large chunks of the Bible at a time, I don’t think the NET Bible Full Notes Edition is what you’re looking for. (But take a look at the NET Bible Thinline Edition and Journal Edition!)
Who should buy this book
You should consider buying a copy of the NET Bible Full Notes Edition if you’re a serious student of Scripture who would like to peel back the curtain of a good English Bible translation to learn more about the questions and debates involved in the process of Bible translation.
Who should not buy this book
Don’t get the NET Bible Full Notes Edition if you have no interest in engaging with the Bible in its original languages—even with the help of theologically conservative Bible scholars.
If the sight of a Greek or Hebrew word makes you nauseous and you’re just looking for a good reader’s edition of the Bible in English, take a look at the other NET Bible options out there!
Where you can buy this book
For an easy-to-navigate breakdown of all the different NET options out there for purchase, go to netbible.com/buy-now/.