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Contemporary Comparative Side-by-Side Bible: NIV and NKJV and NLT and The Message: The World's Bestselling Bible Paired with Three Contemporary Versions Hardcover – January 9, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2976 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310436923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310436928
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 2.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The book is very well laid out and easy to follow.
Amazon Customer
Each version has an informative preface which provides useful information as to exactly how the Bible is translated from Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts.
Neal Reynolds
I find myself spending more time reading this Bible because of the ease of moving from one translation to another.
Karen Wilber

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on February 25, 2012
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This comparative Bible provides a well-formatted look at four Bible translations. Each pair of pages shows identical verses of all four translations side-by-side. The book makes it easy to compare translations. It is a dense, hardbound book with small font. It has the prefaces to each of the translations and then the text of the Bibles themselves along with footnotes. There are no other extras that are often found in Bibles such as maps or concordances. If you desire to have these four translations available to you, this is a good way to see them. The Bible is heavy and not a lap-bible but one to set on a desk and peruse.

The cover briefly describes each of the translations; however, I think they are an odd set to choose. The NIV, NLT and The Message are really not that different. All three attempt to translate the Scripture into contemporary language. They are progressively more paraphrased from the NIV to the NLT and to The Message. The NKJV attempts to maintain the traditional style of the KJV while making it more understandable. What this Bible is lacking is a more literal translation like the English Standard Version, New Revised Standard Version or the New American Standard Version, and frankly, if you want to seriously study the Bible, you need to have a more literal translation. This combination in this Bible will be interesting for readers and provide elaboration in the paraphrases of the NLT and The Message but each of these takes readers further from the original Hebrew and Greek texts of Scripture.

These translations can help paint the pictures of Scripture and are all very accessible and helpful for reading through the Bible; however, for study, variety and authenticity, I think this Bible is redundant and lacking the literal point of view.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Stewart VINE VOICE on May 13, 2012
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I have long used a side-by-side, or parallel, Bible for study or research while I'm writing. It is so easy to view a particular verse in different versions when they are all across a two-page spread. My older parallel Bible has, naturally, older translations of the Scripture. The Contemporary Comparative has four modern translations: NIV, NKJV, NLT, and The Message.

As you can imagine, with four Bibles packed into one volume, it's a hefty tome. Not one that a person would regular haul to church. The sturdy hardback cover and binding make it lay open easily on a desk; it's not a lap book.

The various versions are in exact parallel on the page. You will find John 3:16 in the four translations not just on the same page spread but in the same location on the pages. This makes the side-by-side comparison easy. There are no extras, like maps or concordance. There just isn't room in the already packed 3,000 pages. Footnotes from each translation are included, though.

With so much in one book, you might expect that the print is difficult to read. While the publishers call the eight-point type size readable, some people don't. I had no trouble with it, but the print size could be an issue.

This modern side-by-side is a welcome additional to my Bible resource shelf. I can now view eight translations by using both of my parallel Bibles.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ctwink VINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
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The Zondervan Side-By-Side Bible is a great tool that can be used in many aspects of a Christian's life - both young and old. Although it is probably not ideal to be lugged to Church every week (as even with small print and thin pages, this Hardcover book weighs in at almost 3000 pages), it is an ideal resource for fleshing out precious nuggets from God's word. Whether in more casual Wednesday Services or Bible Studies at church or at home, the Zondervan Side-By-Side Bible is yet another tool for Christian instruction and learning.

It can also be used, like in my house, as a tool for homeschool instruction - a handy all-in-one Bible that allows children to compare and contrast, during Bible instruction or for research papers, the differences between the four best known translations of the Bible and the reasons and meaning behind these differences. I would also say that the book could be used for the same reason in public school setting, as my senior high English class teacher lead a textual study of the Bible only 24 years ago, but I think the ship has definitely sailed on any possibility of that happening in today's anti-Christian public schools.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Thompson III on April 1, 2012
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This Bible has four translations in it that appear on the pages. It is easy to look at each verse in each translation. The translations are the New International Version, New King James Version, New Living, and the Message Bible.

New King James - It is a literal translation of the Bible finding an English word for every Hebrew or Greek word in the orginal manuscripts. "Word for Word"

New Internation Version - It is a translation of the Bible that uses two approaches. The first is to be as literally as possible and to capture the orginal meaning of a Hebrew of Greek sentence found in the ancient manuscripts. The second captures the meaning of the Hebrew or Greek sentences found in the orginal manuscripts. "Word for Word" and "Thought for Thought"

New Living Translation - It is a translation of the Bible that captures the meaning of the Hebrew or Greek sentences found in the orginal manuscripts. "Thought for Thought"

The Message Bible - It is a translation of the Bible that captures the meaning of the Hebrew or Greek sentences found in the orginal manusripts. "Thought for Thought"

As you can see, the side by side Bible gives the appropriate versions to see every detail of a Scripture or passage. The variety is just right!
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