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Return to the Bible as it was before chapters and verses. The Books of the Bible, NIV is a revolutionary new presentation of Scripture that strips away centuries of artificial formatting, leaving behind nothing but pure Bible text. The result is a hardcover Bible unlike any other available today—and more like the original Scriptures.
The Bible isn't a single book. It's a collection of many books that were written, preserved and gathered together so that they could be shared with new generations of readers. The Bible is an invitation to you to first view the world in a new way, and then to become an agent of the world's renewal. The Books of the Bible, NIV helps you have a more meaningful encounter with the sacred writings and to read with more understanding, without centuries of added formatting, so that you can take your place more readily within this story of new creation.
- Chapter and verse numbers have been removed from the text
- The books are presented according to the internal divisions that we believe their authors have indicated
- A single-column setting is used to present the text more clearly and naturally, and to avoid disrupting the intended line breaks in poetry
- Footnotes, section headings and any other additional materials have been removed from the pages of the sacred text
- Individual books that later tradition divided into two or more parts are put back together again.
- The books are arranged in an order that helps you understand the Bible more completely
|Format: Imitation Leather|
Number of Pages: 1824
Publication Date: 2012
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Randy A BrownTNAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting Bible for readingOctober 27, 2013Randy A BrownTNAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Books of the Bible is a Bible that was developed for a unique reading experience. It contains no chapter or verse numbers - just the text. It's also arranged differently than the standard book arrangement. The books are arranged by literary form.
Cover and Binding
This edition is hard cover with a glued binding. It comes with a dust jacket that has the same graphics as the cover. Printed on the inside the dust cover is a list of features. I'm partial to earth-tones and I love the color-scheme of the cover.
Paper and Print
The paper is thin. It's the same paper found in other Zondervan study Bibles. It's not as opaque as I'd like but it's not too distracting.
The text looks really good, especially for the thin paper. I'm guessing on the font size, but to me it looks like a 10-point with a 12-point leading. The print is consistent throughout. It's darker than I expected for such thin paper. It is very readable. It could be improved with line-matching.
The page layout looks like a regular book. There are no chapter or verse numbers to hinder reading (except for Psalms, which has chapter numbers). There are spaces between the chapters, so you can see where one chapter ends and another starts. In some verses there is a faint dot. This dot shows that there is a note at the end of the book for that portion of text.
The book name appears at the top of the page. If the group has been grouped in a range of books (for example, Luke and Acts are grouped together), all of the book names appear at the top of the page. The current book is in bold and the others are printed in a fainter text.
At the bottom of the page is the range of chapters and verses that appear on that page. The chapter and verse numbers are printed in faint text.
Notes appear at the end of each book or grouping of books. The notes show the page number the note refers to, the word it refers to, and then the note itself. The notes include page numbers for cross referencing, translation notes, manuscript variants, distance, etc.
Book introductions are called "Invitation to [book name]". The invitation takes up a page or two and talks about the setting and covers some of the major points in the book. The books are often compared with other books of the Bible.
The books are arranged differently than the standard Biblical arrangement. They're arranged according to literary form. The purpose is to read the Bible in large blocks. This ends up being an arrangement by author for most books. All of John's books are at the end with Revelation. This is difficult for me to follow because I don't expect to look near Revelation for the book of John. I could understand the arrangement if there was a daily reading plan and the books were arranged according to that order, but there's no reading plan and the arrangement doesn't always seem to serve a purpose. If I was reading from start to finish I would want to read the gospel of John with the other gospels. I would read by theme rather than literary form.
Table of Weights and Measures - a table that covers weights, lengths, and capacity.
Drama of the Bible - gives a short overview of the Bible, dividing it into six acts (like acts of a play).
Living the Script - instructions to study and apply the Bible to our lives.
About The Books of the Bible - how to use this Bible. it covers how The Books of the Bible presents the Scriptures in their literary forms and covers the features.
A Word About the NIV - the NIV preface.
One thing I would like to see added is a reading plan. This edition is designed for reading but there's no reading plan to help keep track of or guide your reading.
The Books of the Bible is definitely unique in its presentation. The point of this Bible is to promote Bible reading. It is free of distractions, allowing the Scriptures to be read like literature. The books are arranged according to literary form with the purpose of reading in large blocks. It is very readable. I don't recommend it as a carry Bible, but it should make a nice reading Bible.
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Ruth Havens5 Stars Out Of 5Easy readMarch 18, 2013Ruth HavensQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My church is doing the New Testament through Biblica and I liked it so much I wanted the whole Bible!!
Bill5 Stars Out Of 5excellent paper & bindingMarch 9, 2013BillQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I love the TBOTB project, the book ordering and the uncluttering of the text. What pleasantly surprised me about this new Zondervan edition is just how nicely they've executed this. Compared to the original Biblica's paperbacks, this is superior in every way. The font is more classic and readable. The single column is great, with not too many words per line which is a problem in many single-column bibles. These are well sewn, and open very nicely. But best of all, the paper is top-notch. Wonderful feel and quite opaque for as super-thin as it is...1000 sheets (2000 pages) in just 1-1/8 inch thick text block. I'm not crazy about TruTone and would prefer a leather or even bonded leather option, but it's what's inside that counts and Zondervan's hit a home run with this Bible.
Lawrence5 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring reading!December 19, 2012LawrenceQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I knew this edition of the Bible was in the works and I awaited its publication eagerly. It is a pleasure to hear/read the word of God anew through this edition without chapter and verse. The text makes more sense as the divisions reveal the authors' intention. It also helps the reader see repeated words and phrases the author used, and the movement to new ideas or subjects. The brief introductions to the individual books are excellent. Sometimes it takes a little effort not to "see" the chapters and verses in your mind, especially for well known passages. But you will quicky get passed this and enjoy this new (and old!) way of reading scripture.
Q: What size is the font?
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