NIV The Sola Scriptura Bible Project Navy and Tan, HardcoverZondervan / 2017 / Hardcover$45.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5NIV Sola Scriptura CollectionNovember 1, 2017TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I had the chance to obtain this work for review, I did not realize it was a four volume set, but when I received it I was very pleased with the physical characteristics of the project. I will explain the appearance first.
There are four volumes, hardbacks, in a box. All of the volumes are navy and tan in color. Actually, the books are basically tan with the navy spine accents. The box is also the same color and pattern as the spines of the books. Each of the volumes is roughly 500 pages, and on much heavier paper than a typical bible. This causes much more shelf-space to be taken, but the readability factor is greatly improved with this feature.
The chapter and verse notations have been removed from the text. The text itself is formatted from a literary standpoint rather than a reference standpoint. Think a poetry book format for Psalms and Proverbs, whereas most of the text in other volumes are in standard prose layout. At the top and bottom of the pages there are notations to help with referencing a section of Scripture, but this is not a study bible format that one can easily look up a specific verse quickly.
Perhaps the biggest difference in this and other bibles lies in the way the books are organized. Again, they are organized according to literature type, not the stand order most bibles are given. The easiest way to explain this is using the New Testament ordering. It begins with Luke, then Acts, as these are essentially a part 1 and 2 writing of Luke. The layout then goes into the letters of Paul in chronological order as well as can be determined. This makes reading seem more fluid as you read about Christ to Paul's conversion, to the writings of Paul to the churches, etc. The next section turns to Matthew, followed by James and Hebrews, again, this makes reading more effective as all of these books are written to Jewish/Jewish-Christian audiences. The layout continues to use this type of grouping throughout the Bible.
This is both a beautiful collection of books and a uniquely readable version of the Bible. The text is in the NIV. With the removal of chapter and verse notations, and the grouping of literary types, this work is especially designed to be read not studied. A very impressive, fresh take on reading the Bible.
I received a copy of this work from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review. The review did not have to be positive, and the words I use are all mine.
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