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The Layman's Parallel Bible: KJV, NIV, Living Bible, NRSV Hardcover – October, 1990
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By setting four distinct variations of the scriptures across two pages, this volume affords the reader the ability to compare both the content and the structure of the King James Version, the Revised Standard Version, the New International Version and the Living Bible.
Many users have been surprised by how quickly they find one version preferable to the others, but depending on their need of the moment, it may not always be the same version! For example, a reader may find that for readability, the New International Version is the most comfortable, while for spiritual significance the King James Version is better and for depth of knowledge and understanding the Revised Standard is prefered. Importantly, these relationships may change as the reader changes locations in the scriptures or becomes more comfortable with the ongoing study.
A truly amazing benefit of this volume is that it permits the reader to compare both the content of the Holy Bible in its various formats and the literary structure. The changing of a single word in a verse may make the passage far easier to understand; however, it may also profoundly change the meaning of the verse and perhaps the entire passage. It is not unusual to find situations in which the a particular passage of scripture, laid side by side, with only minor changes in wording, may have four distinctly different meanings to the reader.Read more ›
What is wonderful about "The Layman's Parallel Bible" is that by laying out these four translations in four parallel columns the book allows you to see the range of interpretation for yourself. There are also the detailed footnotes, primarily with the New International version, that gives you even more information about the original Hebrew or Greek words being translated (even though I can read neither Hebrew nor Greek, I appreciate linguistic insights from those who can). I believe that a thoughtful reading of the Bible is truly helped by comparing and contrasting these various versions and coming to terms with your own understanding of the meaning and import of the text. This might not be a useful volume for scholars, but it is certainly of great value to the rest of us.
When I started bible study I was going back and forth between books and it was too distracting. I wanted a New King james for the plain english, but that would just be another bible. So! The (RSV) is the closest to King James (in today's english) maintaining many of original words from KJV. The Living Bible is my "cliff notes" which definitely clarifies and adds more insight and gets the point across. I usually read this first. Then no matter what version I read I always cross reference the KJV because it is ALL INCLUSIVE (no scriptures removed) and it has those words/phrasing that sometimes just hit right to the heart of the matter. I check out the NIV sometimes just for clarification on an old english/bible word that I don't understand.
With all the controversy now-a-days (crazy!) on which version is most accurate, this is a great cross-section to cross reference. So betwixt the 4 of them, I really understand what they're saying and let them speak to my heart. Plus when we read in bible study, everybody has a different version, (NIV seems most popular) so you have at least one version close to what they're reading and can keep up.
Because this is lacking in study notes, I use my bible knowledge commentary which I absolutely love too! It goes more in depth than any "study bibles" can go into anyway. So it helps only refrencing 2 books instead of 3-4.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Handy having scripture available in 4 versions. Great aid to understanding. Great value pricingPublished 5 months ago by Barbara Flanagain Miller
A wonderful tool. I especially love that I can read the Living translation along with the King James. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Janet Dickson
This bible is a wonderful study bible with al the versions showing at the same time. Love it!Published 9 months ago by MemphisDiva
I've wanted such a parallel bible as this one for a long time. It's got the more familiar translations with, two to a page, so that each open page contains all four translations... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J Wilson
I received mine as a gift back in 1978. I love it!! When I read the King James Version and don't quite understand it, I have 3 other versions to read side by side. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marianne L. Ruland