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MEV Bible Thinline Reference Black: Modern English Version Imitation Leather – September 2, 2014
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This is VERY WELL put together, binding, stitching ALL of it, the RED letter are faded or pinkish in spots, rather than BOLD red, but even as fussy as I AM, & I AM, I can live with it EASILY!
I PRAY they make a LARGE print ASAP!!!!!
I'd give it 5 stars for sure IF the font was bigger! I can NOT imagine you not truly enjoying this bible overall!!! IT IS A BLESSING!!
Here's the video all about it, this is what got me to step out on faith & buy it, GLAD I DID!!!
For sake of brevity I'll omit examples. But my overall impressions are: (1) the MEV reads slightly more smoothly than the ESV and about as smoothly as the NKJV. (2) it avoids use of the word "behold". That's odd, because it retains a number of other literary archaisms. These archaisms are immediately understandable and I believe are a "plus" for the MEV. (3) The level of diction is higher than that of many popular translations I have used, somewhat higher than that of the ESV. By comparison, the English employed in the NIV is downright bland. (4) the MEV uses the same Hebrew and Greek texts as were used to translate the KJV. (5) Even though it follows the literary style of the KJV, the vocabulary and grammar are such that you could read it aloud with people accustomed to popular modern language translations without them thinking, "what's up with that weird translation he's reading from?" (6) the print is smaller than most thinline-type Bibles, put the print is darker and there's more white space between words and lines, so it pans out about the same. (7) Paper, binding and overall quality are really good for an edition costing $19.
I got the Kindle version and I can say honestly it isn't as bad as some reviewers suggest. You actually can navigate to chapters within the "Go To" option, however it is cumbersome that each chapter is listed under the book. If you are looking deep in the New Testament, you have to scroll a long way through the table of contents to get there. A better solution would be to make each book as a collapsable list. That way you could find the book you need, then click it and have a list of chapters to pick.
For those of you on Kindle Fire or iPad who have full color, the red text is very nice. Personally I have a Paperwhite, so the red text for the words of Jesus shows up as a light gray and is less readable.
I actually give the translation 5 stars and the formatting 3 stars. Average them and you have a rating of 4 stars.
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. It's a bit hard to navigate from one bible book to another.