- Bonded Leather: 1602 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Lea edition (January 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718027051
- ISBN-13: 978-0718027056
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.1 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CU NCV Giant Print Reference Bible Bonded Leather – Large Print, January 6, 2011
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First, I'll speak to the New Century Version of the Bible. I'd like to make if clear that I am not a Bible translator or Bible authority, capable of weighing the finer points of one translation versus another. However, I own, and have used, several versions of the Bible, including paraphrases and updates of other versions, and have made comparisons.
The NCV is a translation from the original Hebrew and Greek languages, rather than a paraphrase. That's significant. The New Century Version is a clear and easy to read translation. I grew up with the King James Version and can follow the archaic terms used in that, and other translations but, at least for general reading, I'd rather not have to.
Those of you who speak more than one language may appreciate that reading the text of the KJV is a bit like reading something that is written in your second, rather than your first language, requiring the reader to translate the text that is being read into something more familiar to them, which in my case would be modern English. I have attended KJV-only churches often, largely because I appreciate the conservatism that is generally found in such churches, but I have noticed that much of the sermon text consists of doing just that - translating the archaic phraseology of the KJV into modern English. Why not start with a text that has already done that?
The NCV is a translation that allows the modern English reader to follow along, as it puts Biblical concepts into natural terms, using modern measurements and geographical locations whenever it is possible to do so and remain true to the text. Where geographical references are identical, the modern name is used. Ancient customs are clarified for the modern reader, either in the Bible text or in a footnote. Ancient figures of speech are translated according to their meanings. Whenever practical, idiomatic expressions are translated so as to communicate the intended meaning to the modern reader, and obscure terms are clarified.
For serious Bible study, I might want to have another version or two available for comparison, although I cannot point to any specific verse in which the New Century Version is misleading. For casual reading or personal devotion, I find the NCV to be the superior choice, even when compared to other modern translations, such as the New American Standard Bible, the New International Version, or the New King James Version (an update to the KJV).
Don't throw away whatever version you are using now but if you've never tried the New Century Version, I think you'll find it to be a nice addition to your Bible collection.
As to the book itself, this particular publication of the New Century Version has the look and feel of a much more expensive Bible. It is attractive, reasonably thin as compared to other Bibles that I own, and I can hold the Bible in one hand or lay it flat, and it will stay open to the page that I have turned to.
Then there is the fact that I am nearing sixty, with the beginnings of cataracts, so the large print is nice. The one that I bought my nephew was a regular print edition, but it had all of the other advantages of this, none of which are lost in the large print edition.
I recommend it highly.