ECPA's Rush To PressThe CEB Study Bible Garners ECPA Christian Book Award Nod

Brenda Smotherman
Associate Publicity Manager
Phone: 615-749-6290

(Nashville, TN) – The Common English Bible and Abingdon Press are pleased to announce that The CEB Study Bible, the first study Bible available in the Common English Bible translation, has been selected as a finalist in the ECPA Christian Book Award program’s Bibles category.

Since 1978 the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has recognized quality and encouraged excellence by presenting the ECPA Christian Book Award® (formerly known as Gold Medallion) each year. The Christian Book Award® program recognizes the highest quality in Christian books and is among the oldest and most prestigious awards program in the religious publishing industry. Five finalists are selected in seven categories: Bibles, Fiction, Children, Inspiration, Bible Reference, Non-fiction, and New Author. The winners will be announced at the ECPA Awards & Anniversary Banquet on April 28th in Colorado Springs, CO.

“The CEB Study Bible has been praised by scholar and reader alike,” said Paul Franklyn, Associate Publisher, Bibles, Leadership, and Theology at Abingdon Press. “We are honored to have it selected as a finalist and embraced by the ECPA community.”

The CEB Study Bible brings readers depth, insight and understanding to the biblical text within the larger historical and literary framework of the Bible. Utilizing one of the top 10 translations on the market, the CEB Study Bible was assembled by almost 70 leading biblical scholars in their fields. It includes thousands of study notes, hundreds of sidebar articles, five in-depth articles and 21 National Geographic maps to complement the biblical text in a way that highlights its readability, reliability and relevance. The Bible is presented by the Common English Bible and is distributed by Abingdon Press. A sampler download and additional information are available by visiting

The Common English Bible (CEB) translation is not simply a revision or update of an existing translation. It 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. The Common English Bible is committed to the whole church of Jesus Christ. To achieve this, the CEB represents the work of a diverse team with broad scholarship, including the work of over 115 scholars—men and women from 22 faith traditions in American, African, Asian, European, and Latino communities. As a result, the English translation of ancient words has an uncommon relevance for a broad audience of Bible readers—from children to scholars. Discover more about the translation at

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