- Hardcover: 3103 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (July 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310904102
- ISBN-13: 978-0310904106
- Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 214 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Comparative Study Bible: A Parallel Bible Presenting the NIV, NASB, Amplified Bible, and KJV Hardcover – July, 1985
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Four popular translations in one convenient volume NIV, King James Version, NASB Updated, and Amplified side-by-side A powerful resource for studying Gods word Clear, easy-to-read print
When you dont want to lose anything in the translation, the Comparative Study Bible is a tool that lets you explore all the rich nuances and shades of meaning in the Bible text without having to learn the original biblical languages. It sets four popular translations side-by-side for you to compare and contrast: the trustworthiness and versatility of the New International Version, the time-honored authority of the King James Version, the word-for-word accuracy of the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition, and the scholarly detail of the Amplified Bible.
Passages and verses from the four versions are aligned in parallel columns on facing pages for ease of study. Each translation offers insight on different facets of meaning in the text, giving you the benefit of the work of different groups of scholars to help you understand and interpret the Bible for yourself. The Amplified Bible helps you take your study a step further, offering a format that gives you access to the shades of meaning in the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic.
A valuable resource for gaining insight into scriptural truths, the Comparative Study Bible helps you compare translations at a glance and is an excellent resource for in-depth Bible study.
Bringing New Meaning To Your Bible Study Features include: Each two-page spread contains a complete Scripture portion from these versions: New International Version King James Version New American Standard Bible, Updated Amplified Bible Double-column format 8-point type
You dont have to take a Greek or Hebrew class to enjoy the benefits of understanding the nuances and meanings of biblical words and phrases. The Comparative Study Bible brings four popular translations together into one convenient volume. Featuring the bestselling New International version, the classic King James Version, the 1995 New American Standard Bible, Updated, and the Amplified Bible, this parallel Bible helps you compare and contrast the strengths of four of the most trusted translations. And the special features of the Amplified Bible help you unlock the original meaning of key words and phrases.
When you want to study the Bible in depth, comparing different Bible translations helps you discover the different nuances of meaning in the text. The translation committees for each Bible version chose different ways of translating the original Scripture texts into English. By comparing them, you can get a more complete understanding of what the original writers intended without having to learn Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Emphasizing the importance of the words the original writers used, as well as their context, the Comparative Study Bible gives you access to translations that allow you to read the Bible without commentary, yet enables you to compare key words that expand on what the text is saying.
The word-for-word translations of the King James Version and the New American Standard Bible, Updated, let you see English rendering of the words the original Bible authors used, while the New International Version represents the best balance of word-for-word and thought-for-thought translation, communicating the meaning more clearly to modern readers. And the Amplified Bibles unique system of punctuation, italics, and references helps you take your study a step further, allowing you to unlock subtle shades of meaning found in the original languages. The Comparative Study Bible offers easy access to four distinctive translations in clear, easy-to-read print.
Comparative Study Bible includes:
New International Version: Todays bestselling translation, offering a unique combination of scholarly accuracy and easy readability. The balance of word-for-word and thought-for-thought approach to translation allows todays reader to better understand and apply the intended meaning of the original Bible writers in contemporary language. The NIV is todays most read, most trusted English translation.
King James Version: The classic, word-for-word translation, beloved by Christians through the centuries for its dignity, poetic language and timeless truths. Nearly four hundred years after it first appeared, the language of the KJV is still vivid, powerful, and pleasurable to the ear.
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. The 1995 version includes extensively revised notes with new information about the ancient manuscripts.
Amplified Bible: Using a system of parentheses, italics, and brackets this precise word-for-word version captures more the meaning behind the original Greek and Hebrew. With the Amplified Bible, you dont need a scholarly background in the original languages to grasp the nuances and meanings of the text. Publishing in 1964 and updated in 1987, this popular version has helped thousands break through the language barrier and understand the hidden meaning of the original words. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With free shipping, Amazon had the best price. So I placed my order.
As I intended to have the hardcover of this parallel Bible replaced with leather, I began the process of going through it page by page to ensure that everything was in order prior to forwarding it to the bookbinder for rebinding. I didn't get far into the book of Ezekiel when I noticed that the print on many pages was vertically off center with the header appearing close to the top edge of the page; in some cases very close. I found the same problem in a number of New Testament books including Luke, John and Acts. I then determined that the quickest way to get an idea how many pages were incorrectly printed was to stare at the header line and fan through the pages.
I would have been inclined to opt for a replacement but wondered whether Amazon purchased an entire lot of such imperfectly printed Bibles from the publisher and didn't want to end up with the same problem. So I opted for a refund.
Amazon may it incredibly easy to return the Bible. And I was credited in timely fashion.
As for features of this Bible...
The print is small--even smaller than that of the 1990 edition I have--but this enables Zondervan to produce an edition that is considerably less wider and thinner than the one I have.
As for complaints by other reviewers that the pages are too thin and tend to rip easily, I didn't find them to be thinner than the pages in any other Bible I own except for my interlinear Bible which features even smaller print. The pages are thin, but have to be in order to produce a parallel Bible that isn't excessively thick. Perhaps the larger page size is more conductive to tearing depending on what part of the page is being held upon turning, and particularly if the reader is a relatively aggressive page turner.
As for this Bible being too big to take to anywhere, that's a matter of opinion. A leather cover bends and thus sits better in the lap, making the Bible relatively more desirable to take to church, home fellowship, Bible study, etc. Also, with a leather cover, one can flip through pages while holding the Bible in hand, which a hardcover doesn't accommodate.
I inquired of Zondervan as to possibility of their producing the same parallel Bible with the New King James Version instead of the Amplified Bible. Zondervan's reply was that Thomas Nelson owns the rights to the New King James Version, implying that such a parallel Bible isn't likely to be seen anytime soon.
Not to imply that the Amplified isn't a worthy version. A number of men and women of God moving in the power of the Holy Spirit utilize the Amplified. And if it works for them... One could even argue that it's a better version than the NIV rendered in contemporary form as opposed to a direct translation. But what's the point in arguing? That's not what Christ, of whom the Scriptures bear witness, is about.
If you're not an aggressive page turner, can read small print, and like the idea of having more than one version in hand, the Comparative Study Bible just may be the one for you.
Don't expect Zondervan to continue printing this parallel Bible with the 1984 NIV after May 2011 though. To get an idea of whether you might prefer the 2011 NIV over the 1984 NIV, compare the two versions at BibleGateway beginning with, for example, Psalm 1:1-3. You might also consider reading the CBT translator's notes featuring sample comparisons between 1984 and 2011 versions.
When I saw that this Bible included the familiar (to me) King James, the scholarly Amplified, the accessible but expensive New International Version, and the literal but sometimes confusing New American Standard, I was sold. I also like to own leather-bound Bibles and the additional cost over a hard-bound copy from Amazon's More Buying Choices was small.
I decided that I would read two chapters a day, one in the morning and one in the evening, until I finished the Bible. At first, I started with the King James Version. That wasn't such a great choice. After awhile, I shifted to the Amplified first. That gave me the broadest perspective on the chapter. Next, I would typically move to the New American Standard which wasn't as hard to understand after seeing the Amplified. Third, I would go to the NIV which improved my understanding the most. Then, I would end with the King James and come away with a broader perspective than ever before on the material.
In retrospect, I would have gotten more benefit if I had also read a commentary along with the translations. Then, this would have been more like a Bible study experience. I've remedied that by now starting the New Living Translation backed up by Willmington's Guide to the Bible.
Naturally, if you can read Hebrew, these aren't the best resources for you. But I don't, so I found these side-by-side translations provided me with many insights and a sense of being much closer to the Lord. It was a blessing to me to invest the time with this Bible. I intend to return to it along with a different commentary sometime next year.
May God bless you, your family, your Bible reading, and all you do in the name of Jesus!