Nachdem ich öfters Zitate aus dieser Bibel von bekannten amerikanischen und englischsprachigen christlichen Autoren las, wurde ich immer neugieriger, bis ich mir eine kaufte. Sie gibt in Klammern zwischen dem normalen Bibeltext nützliche Hinweise auf sachdienliche Dinge, Personen oder Umstände. Sie gibt durch mehrere Begriffe die eigentliche Tiefe und auch gleichzeitig die oft wesentlich umfassendere Bedeutung einzelner wichtiger Schlüsselwörter eines Textes aus der hebräischen oder griechischen Sprache für einen Laien in diesen Sprachen befriedigend wieder. Sie ist für einen englisch lesenden Bibelleser eine ausserordentliche Bereicherung.
If you enjoy "feasting" on the Word of God, you will never be hungry again! This is absolutely the richest, deepest and fullest translation you will ever read. Reading the Amplified Bible is like reading the KJV, NKJV, NAS, NIV, TLB, RSV, Phillips and a commentary at the same time. Observe: "Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather, but his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord...(Psalm 1:1). I'll never read another translation!
The Amplified Bible is a must have for anyone doing bible study. One greek work can have 5 different meanings when translated into english but now that's not a problem. The Amplified Bible brings new life and understanding to once confusing verses. It also includes cross references to other relevent verses within the text--no more searching through footnotes! I've already worn out my paper back addition so this sturdy leather addition is a good thing too.
An example: (okay, my favorite passage) "I have overcome the world." (Jesus Christ) The Amplified Bible translates this: "I have deprived the world of the power to harm you." The Amplified Bible is my favorite Bible translation. I was impressed with the fact that this Bible goes back to the original Hebrew and Greek translations instead of retranslating the translations. The 23rd Psalm, the 91st Psalm - all the favorites take on powerful new meanings with a reading of this Bible. I would highly recommend this Bible to anyone who loves to dig deep into the spiritual meaning and practicality of God's word. I recently pulled out my leather copy of this AB (I have both the hardcover and leather editions) and I noticed I'd filled the flyleafs with my "favorite" Bible passages. That's how this book is - you read a verse and say "Aha...so that's what that verse means..I never thought of it in that light" and then you have to think about it for a time and let it sink in deep. It's a book (and a message) that will really satisfy the hungry heart.
The Old Testament was written in Hebrew ... the New Testament was written in Greek ... Jesus generally spoke in Aramaic ... The only way to procure an accurate understanding of the Holy Scriptures would be for you to become a master of, at least, these three languages ... or ... you could get a copy of the Amplified Bible, where all that has been taken care of. The Amplified Bible expounds on the meanings of various words with brakets  that offer insights into what is being conveyed. These words in brakets become wonderful fodder for meditation! If you want to understand God's word, as it was originally intended, you can't do any better than this. Verily, I'm a musician ... I like things that are amplified. 8o) pax, Alan Horvath ...
I highly recommend the Amplified translation of the Bible. As a seminary student who struggled through Hebrew this year, I know first-hand- the Amplified Bible remains the closest to the original languages. This translation is perfect for anyone wanting to study the Bible deeply, without the common errors and interpretational difficulties of some of the more popular translations. This one doesn't have the half page of footnotes at the bottom of the page like you may have come to expect with most Bibles. The Amplified just presents you with the text and you get to interpret it yourself, rather than relying on what the Bible translator wants you to think.
The Amplified Bible is certainly a 'Must' for every serious student of the Word of God. Especially when someone isn't fluent in the original languages of the Bible, the Amplified Bible will shed tremendous light on the original text. A great benefit of this Bible is the fact that it is a type of transliteration from the original manuscripts,...therefore, the Amplified Bible can be trusted as very accurate. The transliteration from the original manuscripts is as close as it can be in the English language. It also provides much help to the student of the Word who is interested in studying the original languages of the Bible some day. We've utilized the Amplified Bible since the early 80s, and we're certain that the purchase of this Bible is money well spent. Every reader of the Amplified Bible will be blessed by a deeper understanding of the Word of God as the Holy Spirit illuminates each book, each chapter and each verse.
I was amazed that no other reviews had been wrtten on this beautifully translated version of the Old and New Testaments. I have used it for years, along with other translations, and find it more accurate in bringing the flavor of the language and interpretive insights to words. For example: The gospel of John 3:16, is well known by most Christians, and this version expands on the words used in a way that makes the verse even more personal. When we think of the word (believe) this translation uses the deeper meanings, such as, trusts in, clings to, relies on. This is true through throughout the interpretaion and encourages us to examine, in depth, our knowledge of God's word. I would urge any student of the bible to consider adding this to their "must have' list. .