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Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version (Meridian) Paperback – December 1, 1974

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Product Details

  • Series: Meridian
  • Paperback: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (December 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452006473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452006478
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would give the Kindle version zero stars if possible. It's $3.19 totally wasted. Other books I ordered for my Kindle had a table of contents, so when I ordered this Bible, I was shocked to find that it did would not have one. Unfortunately, the other reviewers finding that same problem had not yet posted when I placed my order, so I join them in warning others to avoid this version for Kindle. Its lack of a table of contents is a major flaw and makes it basically useless for the Kindle. I removed the one I purchased, and I'm just cheap enough to really resent having to throw money in the trash, even if it is only $3.19.

One reason I looked forward to receiving my Kindle is that I thought it would be an easy way to read the Bible at a print-size comfortable for no-longer-young eyes without trying to support a large and heavy Bible in no-longer-young hands. I also expected Kindle to make searching easy, and it should in a Bible properly formatted for the Kindle. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to yet be such a Bible. While I wait for what I really want, I'll use the importantia Bible, which isn't perfect, but is the best I've found, and at only 80 cents, it's practically free.

I do love my Kindle, but I wish I could find a good Bible for it. I prefer the King James Version (I just like to think for myself.), so I haven't looked at other versions for the Kindle.
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Format: Paperback
The RSV was the English version I grew up on in the church. It was the one we used in theological school. I've used it all my life.
I still use it for preaching, teaching, devotional reading and
study for sermons. I love it. The RSV retains a lot of the
same literary sound and flow of the KJV with a better, more
accurate translation of the Hebrew and Greek. I like the NRSV,
but not as much as the RSV. I have this edition of the RSV in
paperback. The NT is not the updated RSV (1971) NT, which is
a weakness of this edition, but this is still a worthy addition
to your library. This is especially true since the RSV can be
very difficult to find. I suggest that if you are having a hard
time finding the RSV you might want to purchase the English
Standard Version. I do use this paperback Bible and enjoy reading from it for my devotions. In my opinion the RSV is a treasure not to be lost!!
The best thing you can do is buy this edition or the Cambridge
edition of the RSV that has the second edition of the NT and then
buy the NASB and ESV. Let these translations in the great tradition of Tyndale/KJV shape your Bible study. Then use others
to supplement your reading and study. The RSV is still available
but not easy to find. Blessed reading!!
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This may be the only bible in print containing the first edition of the RSV new testament (1952). All other printed and electronic bibles I am aware of have the 1971 second edition. Some details of the difference between editions can be seen by searching the web for "RSV preface 1971".

This is an excellent reader's bible. It contains almost no study aids, just 14 pages at the end of the bible with a summary of the books and a chronology of new testament history.

The bible text includes translator's notes and a limited number of cross references. The references are at the bottom of the page. The foot note symbols in the text are small and not annoying to the reader at all.

The bible is generally in paragraph format, but poetic sections like most of Job and the Psalms are in verse format. One annoying distraction is that this bible has "self pronouncing text", meaning that names of people and places have embedded symbols to show how they are pronounced. I find this a big distraction. See Genesis 2.14 in Amazon's sample pages for an example.

Physically this bible is a joy to read, and I think the reason for that is it looks more like a normal thick paperback book than a typical bible. The paper is thick, normal paperback book paper, so there is almost no bleed-through. The reader sees only the current page, not the other side of the page or even the page underneath. The binding is excellent, and the weight of the thick paper allows the bible to stay open by itself if opened anywhere except for the first or last 100 pages. The margins in the center of the bible are wide enough that the text is easily visible to the reader (unlike some other bibles).

The font is about 9 point. It looks about averaged size for a bible.
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A little disappointing on the Kindle as there is no preamble to each of the chapters which some like to set the context of a chapter.

A bigger challenge is that this would be a much more usable text for looking up scriptures on the Kindle if it had an index or table of contents. As it is - one must use the Search function which is often hit or miss.

Of note, the Holy Bible (King James Version), Old & New testament by importantia.com has a table of contents which is only marginally better on the Kindle. The Kindle appears to only have space to allow linking to the first 13 chapters. Additionally, the chapter numbers do not appear as you read. It is also missing the preamble to the chapters.

Please post here and let us all know if anyone finds a better Bible for the Kindle!
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