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NIV and The Message Parallel Study Bible, Personal Size: Updated Numbered Edition Imitation Leather – November 27, 2008

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Product Details

  • Imitation Leather: 2592 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Lea edition (November 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310939844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310939849
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

The NIV / The Message Parallel Study Bible combines three powerful study resources into one bound book. First, there's the complete text of the New International Version, the most read, most trusted translation of the Bible in the English language today. Next, there's the penetrating insights and story-like flow of The Message, today's most popular paraphrase. Finally, 10,000 notes from the pages of the Zondervan NIV Study Bible are combined with these two texts to create a wonderful study tool for those who want to dig deep into God's Word. Features: Book introductions Double column format (NIV and The Message side by side) 7,800 study notes Ribbon marker (except in hard cover edition) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I gave it to my granddaughter and ordered another one.
Donetta Samuels
I highly recommend the NIV/The Message Parallel Study Bible.
S. Puckett
And the Message is good for reading entire books at a time.
Lauren R Bareford

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Meyer on February 19, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I ordered this bible because it was a hassle to carry around my hardcover copies of the Zondervan NIV Study Bible: Updated Edition and The Message Remix 2.0: The Bible In contemporary Language. I also wanted to have more productive study time; not wasting time finding pages in two books and trying to keep the onion-skin pages from flipping while opening the other.

The NIV | The Message® Parallel Study Bible is just as billed. I bought the bonded leather binding to have a longer-lasting, classier-looking bible. The silver-gild pages against the black leather also look VERY nice. The black ribbon page-marker is very sturdy and a good length.

The study notes at the bottom are not as numerous as those in a single-translation study bible, but having the two translations is a great trade-off. Zondervan Publishing definately did a great job deciding which notes to keep in this volume.

All in all, I would say that this is the best study and prayer bible that I have ever owned. I can't wait to continue to dive into His word with this new, helpful tool.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By D. Marshall on January 4, 2009
Format: Imitation Leather Verified Purchase
Since I started to hear text from The Message version of the Bible, I was excited to get a copy of my own. The Message is a great way to understand the Bible in more contemporary language and is what I've decided to read daily for the next year. I however didn't want to completely give up the NIV version that is most often used in my church (and a more accurate translation) or some of the study notes that I'm used to having with my NIV Life Application Bible that I've used for the last few years.

When I started to look for something that would work for these three needs (The Message, NIV & Study Notes) there was nothing yet in the stores and as I searched Amazon, this book just was just set for release. I was thrilled and placed my order.

Now that I have it, I'm still just as happy. The Bible is bound in a great three color leather cover that looks even better than the picture. The text is small, but is clear and works well.

My only slight negative is that even though it contains study notes, it is shorter and probably fewer than in my Life Application Bible. The preface introduction notes that this book has about 10,000 notes (still a lot), but is about 50% of the Zondervan NIV Study Bible from which these are taken. I'm certain that the editors kept the most useful.

I recommend this multi-purpose Bible to anyone.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had, by mistake ordered the NIV/MESSAGE Large Print Bible,intending to order this one.The idea of notes and two versions altogether on the same page was tantalizing.I received the NIV/MESSAGE Large Print in several days and enjoyed it for several days while i reordered this Bible.When it arrived I saw immediately that The NIV/MESSAGE Study Bible is very nicely done but had two glaring (to me) problems. i am returning it for these two reasons: 1)The notes are VERY scarce if nearly non-existant on many, many pages,extremely abbreviated from the NIV Study Bible to the point that it is almost necessary to find another study Bible to use with it.2)The notes are the smallest font size i have ever seen.Micro!A magnifier would almost be mandatory except for those who are blessed with extremely good vision. I am sure that the only remedy for these problems would be to create a 3300+ pg.volumewhich would be prohibitive .Sadly,i will have to exchange this one for the NIV/MESSAGE Large Print and keep my trusty Zondervan Study Bible close by. If you would like a nice Bible,good quality paper and very limited notes then this one is for you,otherwise you might want to have a commentary close by and order the regular NIV/MESSAGE in a 'non-study' format.Hope this is helpful.Maranatha.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jake H. on August 7, 2010
Format: Imitation Leather Verified Purchase
After much deliberation I decided to get this Bible after reading the comments and the nice leather binding. However, if you can deal with 7.5-point print (i.e have excellent eyesight) for the text and even smaller (6-point?) study notes, then this is for you. I had to return it because the print type is way too small. Amazon doesn't put point-types in their descriptions but Zondervan does, so checkout Zondervan and the point-size before you buy any of their Bibles; will save you time and aggrevation. Now I have to make a decision whether to get the parallel NIV|The Message at all: the "Large Print" version is Type Point Size: 10, should be at least 12 to be comfortable. It's really a shame since the Personal Size edition has absolutely beautiful leather binding and opens pretty much flat so it hurt to return it. I'll probably just get The Message by itself and have both the NIV Study and TM together (if I need the Study Guide). It's "caveat emptor" on this one, but I do see a lot of people (who obviously have excellent 20-20 or better vision) giving this high marks. For me it's a 3 based on -1 for text type size 7.5 and -1 for the Study Notes which only Superman could read with a magnifying glass (it's also a different typeface for the Study Notes making it even harder to read). It's too bad Zondervan/Amazon don't have multiple images showing the inside and type size. But even an image would be inaccurate, I'm sure, since I can't even find one for this title on google images.
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