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Comparative Study Bible, Revised Leather Bound – July 9, 1999
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A superb Bible study tool just got even better. The Comparative Study Bible takes the complete texts of four popular Bibles each acclaimed for its distinctive translational features and sets them side-by-side for fast, easy comparison. And now, this revised version offers important updates that make it more useful than ever. The Comparative Study Bible features the updated 1995 edition of the New American Standard Bible, the most recent edition of the Amplified Bible, trimmer design, and an updated cover for an attractive, contemporary appeal. Turn to the Comparative Study Bible when you want to consult:
New International Version-The world's leading contemporary translation, renowned for its accuracy and ease of understanding, communicates the meaning of the original writers in a thought-for-thought translation.New American Standard Bible-The most widely used literal translation is the translation of choice for Bible readers who prefer a word-for-word approach. The updated NASB has been refined for a smoother read.
Amplified Bible-This unique approach expands on the basic Bible text with added synonyms, explanatory notes in parentheses, a unique system of punctuation, italics, and references unlocking subtle shades of meaning as found in the original Greek and Hebrew languages.
King James Version-Beloved by Christians for centuries, the King James Version is known for its poetic, dignified presentation of Scripture in 17th century English.
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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!