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Reginald Blount, Contributes to New CEB Student Bible Designed to Help Students Engage with the Text and Wrestle with Their Faith

August 20, 2015
Dr. Reginald Blount of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Nashville, TN, August 2015 – Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, served as contributor to the new CEB Student Bible (Common English Bible) that was published on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Blount wrote discussions for the books of Joel and James, which include questions, activities, and “Reading Differently” exercises for youth groups and small groups.

Designed to help students move into deeper forms of both personal and social holiness, while helping them make connections between the world of the Bible and their own world, the CEB Student Bible raises challenging questions, engages students minds and hearts, and shows them how to participate in the story of God’s people. "I am excited to be a contributor to the new CEB Student Bible,” said Blount. “It is a great, critically engaging biblical resource that takes youth and their encounter with the Bible seriously. My greatest joy is that my teenage daughter Deborah is also a contributor!"

Targeted towards students ages 13 and up, the CEB Student Bible includes multiple prayers and reflections written by students, for students, more than 400 articles by a diverse group of biblical scholars and youth ministers from over a dozen different denominations, and numerous discussion questions and activities designed to help students engage with the text. Dr. Elizabeth Corrie, associate professor in the practice of youth education and peacebuilding and director of the youth theological initiative at Candler School of Theology, served as general editor.

First published in 2011, the Common English Bible was built by the collaborative effort of 120 Bible translators from 24 denominations and 500 Bible readers from diverse backgrounds and hundreds of different churches. The CEB uses words and phrases that sound natural and conversational and offers a balanced, accurate and sensitive translation that mirrors how people talk, read and write.

Blount received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Tuskegee University and his Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from the Garrett-Evangelical/Northwestern University joint program in Religious and Theological Studies, focusing on the areas of Christian Education and Youth Ministry. He has spoken nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and workshops helping faith communities envision new and creative ways to minister to, with, and on behalf of young people.