The Complete Jewish Study Bible (CJSB) has been named as a finalist for the 2017 Christian Book Award, run by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).
The CJSB is a Messianic Bible that was produced under the general editorship of Rabbi Barry Rubin, President of the Messianic Jewish Communications publishing house, and leader of Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation in Baltimore.
According to Rabbi Rubin, who is thrilled with this honor, “The fact that a conservative Christian group like the ECPA is now fully recognizing and accepting the importance of understanding the Bible as a Jewish book, for Jews AND gentiles, as well, means more Jews will meet the Messiah and more Christians will meet the Jewish people.”
As featured in a KNI article last fall, the new Bible “draws on David Stern’s seminal works, the Complete Jewish Bible, the Jewish New Testament and Jewish New Testament Commentary, as well as the works of Christian theologians, the Talmud and major rabbis and Jewish scholars for the past two millennia.”
The ECPA nominated 59 finalists last month in a number of categories including New Author, Young People’s Literature and Ministry Resources. The CJSB is in the category “Bibles” alongside the Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible (Tyndale) and NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan), among others.
An international non-profit trade organization comprised of member companies that are involved in the publishing and distribution of Christian content worldwide, the ECPA described the finalists as being the best books and Bible of the year.
“These finalists emerged from a rigorous judging process and represent the best our industry produced this past year. Even more important is the impact these excellent books, Bibles, and resources are having on the church and wider culture,” Stan Jantz, ECPA’s executive director, said in a press release.