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ZonderKidz / 2011 / Hardcover

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Join the Berenstain Bears as they explore the most amazing book of all time! Filled with 18 full-color illustrations, this Bible will teach you more about God and how he wants you to live a life of virtue practicing things like respect and courage. Features include:
  • Book introductions
  • Dictionary
  • 18 full-color pages
  • Large 12 point print
  • Presentation page
  • Reading plan for the 150 famous stories of the Bible
  • NIrV Bible text

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 2048
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.44 X 5.50 X 1.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0310726085
ISBN-13: 9780310726081
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-7
Series: Berenstain Bears
Text Color: Black Letter
Text Size: 11-13 Point
Note Size: 11-13 Point
Spine: Glued

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Perfect for school, church, and home, the Berenstain Bears’ Holy Bible, NIrV is a large-print Bible for early readers. It uses the full text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) written at a third-grade reading level. With the addition of 18 full-color pages of the popular Berenstain Bears illustrations with related biblical virtues, this is the perfect chance for beginning readers to embark on their first exploration of the Bible with friendly faces guiding the way. Features include: Book introductions---provide the main theme of the book and an outline of the contents Dictionary---key Bible words for quick reference Eighteen full-color pages---featuring your favorite characters from the Berenstain Bears with highlighted verses that focus on character traits and virtues (such as respect, courage, and friendship) supported by God’s Word. Large print---12-point type for easy reading Presentation page---for personalization and gift giving Reading plan---for 150 famous stories of the Bible Complete New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) text---written at a third-grade reading level and specifically designed to help early readers discover the Bible for themselves, it’s the perfect steppingstone to the NIV.

Author Bio

Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents, Stan and Jan, working together to write and draw these lovable bears. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them too.

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  1. Havelock, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great Bible!
    September 29, 2015
    hoshie
    Havelock, NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for NIrV Berenstain Bears Holy Bible.
    I have been around the world of Bible translations for over 20 years now. One of the first versions I used after I got saved (i.e., became a Christian) was the New International Version (hereafter known as NIV). The basis of the Bible under review is the New International Reader's Version. The NIrV is a simplified version of the NIV. Written at a 3rd grade reading level, it is intended for children, those with reading disabilities, and folks learning English. The NIrV was first released in the mid-1990s and has been revised since then (the 2014 revision is the basis of this review). The translation aside, I grew up with the Berenstain Bears, so this was a perfect match.

    I found out about this revision from a web blog ran by a friend of mine and later got the Bible at a local discount store. The physical hardcover book is done very well. The covers have pictures of the Berenstain Bears on the front, back, and spine. The base pattern shows blue polka dots. Overall it is pleasant to look at. The inside is even better. The type size is a large 12px type size which is uncommon in these type of Bibles. The Berenstain Bears make cameo appearances throughout glossy inserts that show drawings of them, a virtue and a select verse related to that virtue. While they are nice, they do not have any relevance to the passages where they appear. In a way the layout reminds of the Children's Easy-to-Read Bible published by the Bible League. In that case, the glossy inserts are of Bible stories and not the Berenstain Bears. This is the only real quibble I have with this Bible. The helps make up for the inserts. The back contains a glossary with various words defined. A reading plan built around Bible stories is also included. For those who like the study the Bible, the list of verses not included in the of New Testament is very helpful. I wish all versions did this!

    Moving on the translation, I can defiantly say it's an interesting update. The NIrV translators state that the translation "has been revised to include the changes of the New International Version" made in recent years. I believe this is an understatement. One of the big changes I noticed in my reading is that gender-inclusive language has been added. While the propriety of this is debatable, it is in a way ironic as the cause of the last revision of the NIrV was the use of gender-inclusive language! A verse I use to test a translation's handling of gender is Genesis 1:27. The previous revision of the NIrV used "man"; this has been changed to "human beings" (the 1984 edition of the NIV used "man"; the 2011 NIV uses "mankind"). Another big change I have seen while reading is how the phrase "the Jews" is treated. In recent years some translations have tried to distinguish between the people and the leaders of Judea; it appears this attempts to reduce the perception of antisemitism in the New Testament. Here are some examples from John. John 5:10 has the "Jewish leaders" objecting to the healing at the pool of Bethsada (the NIV 2011 has the same rendering; the previous NIrV and the 1984 NIV have "Jews"). John 19:14 has Pilate bringing Jesus outside after his trial. The NIrV keeps "Jews" in this verse, sharing the same rendering with the previous NIrV and the 1984 and 2011 NIVs. For comparison the New Living Translation uses "people" in the verse. Another change drops the word "selah" from the Psalms and Habakkuk. I've never really noticed the word in reading these books, so I can't say if the change is good or bad.

    In conclusion, who is this Bible for? It is for all of us! If you are a parent and your child likes the Berenstain Bears, then I recommend it for them. I also recommend this Bible for adults who want to have the NIrV for study, learning English or have issues with reading. I say this because the Berenstain Bears imagery is kept to a minimum; this makes it easy for adults to ignore it if they so wish. However if you are an parent or adult who has issues with gender-inclusive language, then I would recommend fining an older edition of the NIrV. I hope this review has been helpful to you.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Berenstein Bears Bible
    April 6, 2015
    venetiafrost
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    The only thing about this particular bible is it is so big and heavy for little hands. Other than that, I adore it. So do my grandchildren. I love that Christian books has so many varieties of bibles available for little ones. If there is one thing they need to be familiar with, it is the bible!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Would recommend - good starter Bible with easy to understand text
    August 23, 2014
    cricelliaus
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Very good, easy to understand text. Simplified, and so good for a younger reader to read and understand. Some pictures in book of the B. Bears making it more fun I guess.
  4. Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book!
    July 27, 2012
    LPSO
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Very good quality. Recommended for older children as it is actual text from the Bible, not a children's version.
  5. Mississauga, ON.
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is now my favourite Bible!
    March 12, 2012
    YolandaT
    Mississauga, ON.
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Berenstain Bear's Bible is a great buy for anyone who desires a Bible that is easier to read and provides quick quotes. I love the colour pages inserted throughout the book because they are fun to show the kids. People thought I was off my rocker when I decided to order this Bible for myself (I am a univ. graduate in my 20s) but I enjoy having different Bibles.
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