The Common English Bible (CEB) markets itself as a Bible for Christians, and by this they mean proper Christians, like the kind you find in the Southern United States. According to its website, the Common English Bible “is a bold new translation designed to meet the needs of Christians as they work to build a strong and meaningful relationship with God through Jesus Christ.”
But is it really?
The Dunedin School has uncovered a link between the Common English Bible and biblical minimalism – that shadowy cartel of biblical scholars who deny that the Patriarchs ever existed, dispute that David was king of everything from Egypt to Mesopotamia, and date the writing of most of the Bible to the Persian Period if not the Hellenistic era! One of these minimalists is John Van Seters, author of such works as Abraham in History and Tradition, In Search of History, The Life of Moses, and The Edited Bible.
What does the Common English Bible have to do with John Van Seters and biblical minimalism? The evidence speaks for itself:
And that’s only as far as the cover of the Common English Bible! What else does this minimalist-copying Bible translation hide within its pages? If we look at the Table of Contents in the Common English Bible, will we find that Deuteronomy comes before Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers? Are the first five books in the Common English Bible attributed to Moses or to “J”? Well, no – but it is all very suspicious.