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Today's Parallel Bible Hardcover – October 25, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2880 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310918367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310918363
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

The Today’s Parallel Bible lets you benefit from the rich nuances of meaning offered by different translations. It sets four of today’s most popular translations side-by-side for you to compare and contrast.

Today’s Parallel Bible includes:

• New International Version-Today’s best-selling translation, offering a unique combination of scholarly accuracy and easy readability. The thought-for-thought approach to translation allows today’s reader to better understand and apply the intended meaning of the original Bible writers.

• King James Version-The classic, word-for-word translation, beloved by Christians through the centuries for its dignity, poetic language, and timeless truths.

• New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition-The most literal word-for-word English Translation available, updated to provide greater clarity of meaning. Vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure have been carefully revised to improve readability.

• New Living Translation-A popular modern translation with roots in the Living Bible, featuring easily accessible vocabulary and language structure.

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this bible to all who study and teaches the bible.
Leola Phillips
It is just so cool to read along in your favorite version, but be able to check out how the others read as well.
Brad M. Patterson
Great bible, Use for reference all the time helps to see other versions.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

92 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Bob Sears on October 10, 2000
Format: Bonded Leather
Given the inevitable shortcomings of translating from one language to the next, a serious Bible reader needs to consult more than one version in order to get the clearest rendering. This parallel Bible includes a complete translation of 2 word-for-word literal translations (the KJV and NASB, based on slightly different original-manuscript traditions), today's best-selling thought-for-thought translation (the NIV), and the most scholarly, up-to-date, readable paraphrase on the market (the NLT).
While only reading one translation, you have no way to know at what points modern translators might differ. But while reading two or more, differences are flagged, thus encouraging further study. I believe these are the four best translations to compare, if this is your goal.
In case you're wondering, this review is based on a reasonably thorough study of the Bible's original languages which earned me a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot Theological Seminary (Biola University) in 1982.
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205 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a long review, designed to justify the case for buying a Parallel Bible for oneself or as a gift, and then discussing the considerable merits of *Today's Parallel Bible*. I hope people who aren't quite familiar with the merits of a multi-version Bible will read it and benefit from the review.
I don't want to sound crass or irreverent, but at some level the buyer has to consider value, relevance and intellectual import when looking to buy Scripture outside of his/her home tradition and Scripture. Every denomination advocates a particular version of the Bible--and there are at least ten widely-distributed versions suitable for laity and pulpit alike among the various large American affiliations. (Tons of minor ones, too.)
With the very best of intentions, religion majors, seminarians and even Divinity School Ph.D. candidates can get set up for the fall by taking their various schools' dictates literally. With various degrees of authoritarianism, these groves of academe are almost obliged to parrot Denominational Doctrine and try to enforce use of Headquarters' preferred translation: the language used can be as blunt as "It is heresy to read any version other than that approved by the Holy [Headquarters] in [European City]; to the public-relations-friendly but equally authoritarian "Our denomiantion recommends the [New Blank] version because it has its roots in the [Blank] version, the most popular new book of 1953; also our newest version is fully [historically accurate, gender-neutral, etc.]."
Here's the irony: sooner or later, whatever the bureaucrats tell you, you're going to want to consult other translations. After all, that's all the Scriptures we have access to are: TRANSLATIONS.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Maxwell Heights on February 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I won't rewrite what other reviewers have said about the text. Having all four excellent translations are wonderful. I consider the KJV a classic, which is sometimes more poetic to read than to actuall understand. Then we've got two of the best modern translations available today, the NIV and NASB, which are very similar to one another but each excel in certain areas. For example the NIV translation of the OT is superb, whilst the NASB translation of the NT is equally wonderful. That doesn't mean the NIV does a dodgy job at the NT or the NASB the OT, just these are the strengths of these two translations. Recommended by many in Bible school. Then we have the new contemporary wonder, the NLT, the New Living Translation. I love it. Actually the only thing that could be better than having the NLT would be having "The Message" translation instead. The contemporary language of the NLT is popular with lots of believers who need to hear and read the words in words that are common to them now, and I think that helps.

Having these scriptures in a 4 column layout is wonderful because it brings new meaning to the texts. We can see what some passages are translated as in some translations and see various parts were translators had differing opinions or expressed concern about their chosen translation of word, which is usually footnoted. Seeing contemporary words explaining our popular belief of what some classic scripture meant is just as wonderful. I recommend this Bible to all my friends. The only thing that could make it better is if it was cross referenced and contained a concordance. But I'm also glad it doesn't contain that as well, as I started the bible is worth its weight in gold - and at 2861 pages, that's alot of weight. If you're considering a comparative bible, this is the one to get.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Keil on December 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This edition has complete translator's footnotes (as far as I can determine) for all four translations. Excellent format to compare all four translations.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful By athens on June 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Zondervan publishes two major parallel Bibles: Today's Parallel Bible (this one) and the Comparative Study Bible, which is simply a parallel Bible featuring NIV, KJV, NASB (New American Standard Bible, 1995 updated edition), and Amplified Bible. Both contain NIV, KJV, and NASB (updated). The only difference between these two is NLT (New Living Translation, 1st edition, 1996) in this one vs. Aplified Bible in the Comparative Study Bible. I prefer this one because the Amplified Bible is very unreliable, giving meanings of the words unfound in the original language. There are much better word-study references available.

Another excellent parallel bible is the Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible published by Oxford. It features NKJV, ESV, NLT (2nd edition, 2004), and the Message. Personally I like the Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible better.

If you can afford to buy both Today's Parallel Bible and Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible, you will have pretty much all major conservative English Bible translations at your hand, with the exception of Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). HCSB does have, in my opinion, more accurate translation of some verses that none of the above-mentioned versions do.

Nelson will publish a Parallel Study Bible in later 2006. It will include NKJV, New Century Version, the Message, and abridged study notes from NKJV Study Bible.
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