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Economical Bible Might Be a Little Too Cheap For an Award or Gift
October 4, 2016
This is an economy bible, and not too appropriate for a gift or an award. For the price point, however, this is a good bible. This is not a Catholic Bible so it is missing several books which belong in the Catholic Biblical canon.
This bible uses a 6 point New Times Roman serif font which is quite small and not conducive for long reading sessions. This bible should be avoided by those who may be older or degenerating vision. When providing passages not found in the minority manuscripts it is provided in italics which is even harder to read. Footnotes where provided is in 5 point font in the same text type as the main text and run the entire width of the page. The words of Jesus are in red font. Layout is in two columns format.
The paper used is the same found in mass-market paperbacks and not the bible paper that one tends to find in bibles. This paper is quite absorbent, so, if you like writing in your bible do not use water based inks as there will be bleed through and restrict use in these cases to a pencil or a ball point (non-gel) pen. The paper is opaque and has no show through common in Bibles using bible paper. The cover is an imitation leather which is really a vinyl-over-cardstock. Due to the composition of the cover, it is somewhat flexible but should it crease on the overhanging yap consider it not correctable. This bible does not open flat but may over time do so through continued usage.
Two maps of the Palestine area are provided on the end papers. The Bible includes a small bible dictionary and short description of each of the books.
The NIV bible is an original translation and this particular bible is the 2011 updates. This update reversed much of the gender neutral language found in previous editions. The NIV is a thought for thought translation better known as dynamic equivalency translation. This is an easy to read bible with a reading level of Grade 8. The New Testament is translated from the Nestle-Aland prepared text. The Old Testament is translated from a variety of sources but mostly from the Masoretic text, Dead Sea Scrolls and the Samaritan Pentateuch. This is a minority text bible which is the currently the go to sources for modern translations.
Overall this is what one should expect for a $9.00 Bible, the absolutely the most economical of the Bible commonly available. Zondervan has several better options. If you consider a spending a few extra dollars you should be able to pick up a bible which is a magnitude better and easier to read.