Wednesday, August 11, 2010


There are so many different kinds of Bibles out there today~ Which ones do you read? Which ones do you study from? Which one do you carry to church?

Amplified Bible: Provides the full range of possible meanings of words in the original languages. It attempts to help modern readers understand the meanings ancient readers might have considered.

Analytical Bible: A Bible with a comprehensive study system and study aids that analyzes the structure and meanings of passages.

Annotated Bible: Includes study notes.

Archaeological Bible: New study Bible focusing on historical and geographical context of the Bible stories. Complete with color photos, maps, charts, artifacts.

Award Bible: A text Bible designed for presentation from a church or Sunday school. It usually contains maps and other study aids.

Apocrypha or Deuterocanon: Name given to the 14 books of the Septuagint, a third-century B.C. Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. These 14 are excluded from the Jewish and Protestant canons, but 11 are part of the Roman Catholic canon.

Center-Column Reference Bible: Cross-references are printed in a narrow, center column between columns of text.

Chain-Reference Bible: Explores key words and major themes by referring text to the preceding or following text containing the same word or theme.

Chronological Bible: A Bible with the text arranged in the supposed order in which events occurred.

Bible Concordance: An index of names, words, and phrases, showing their book, chapter, and verse in the Bible. An analytical concordance also will show the Greek or Hebrew word translated in each case.

Counselor’s Bible: A New Testament indexed to topics especially used in counseling.

Bible Dictionary: A collection of definitions or identifications of key terms, places, and people in the Bible.

Bible Dictionary/Concordance: A Bible which has a combination Bible dictionary, concordance, and subject index all in one alphabetical sequence.

Gift or Gift and Award Bible: A text Bible intended for gift or presentation, often including a presentation page. Gift and award Bibles usually carry a lower price so that they are an affordable gift option. Gift Bibles are available in any binding material.

Interlinear Bible: A Greek New Testament or Hebrew Old Testament with a literal English translation for each word or phrase printed between the lines.

Key Bible: A New Testament with Psalms that has a system of topical subheads to help readers understand key passages.

Lectern Bible: A large Bible with large print designed for use in reading the Scriptures in public worship from a lectern.

Library Bible: Inexpensive, sturdy hardcover Bibles used in libraries or church pews.

Loose-Leaf Bible: A Bible with a loose-leaf binding that allows readers to write in their own notes and remove sections of text.

Parallel Bible: A Bible with the text of two or more versions printed side-by-side.

Pew Bible: Inexpensive, sturdy hardcover Bibles used in church pews.

Pulpit Bible: A large Bible with large print designed for use in reading the Scriptures in public worship from a pulpit.

Red Letter Bible: Abbreviation: RL. Words attributed to Christ are printed in red letters.

Reference Bible: The text contains cross-references to related Scripture passages, either in columns (center-column or side-column references), footnotes, or within the verse.

Side-Column Reference Bible: A Bible with the reference in columns on the side of each page.

Student Bible: A Bible with study articles and helps especially for use in the classroom.

Study Bible: A Bible with many extra features to help readers better understand the Bible. These may include book introductions, dictionary, concordance, references, maps, scholarly notes and other study aids.

Tanakh Bible: This refers to the Jewish Scriptures, which commonly is called the Old Testament by non-Jews. The word is derived from the Hebrew letters of the three parts that make it up: the Torah (the first five books of Moses), the N’viim (Prophets), and the K’Tuvim (the Writings).

Teacher’s Bible: Contains study aids especially useful to teachers: concordance, dictionary, maps, or other material.

Text Bible: Contains only the Bible text with no reference material.

Wide Margin Bible: A Bible printed with generous margins on both sides of each page, allowing room for personal notes.

Youth Bible: A Bible containing special study and devotional aids designed specifically for the unique needs, questions, and interests of teenagers.

Are you dizzy yet? There are actually several more different kinds. Find a Bible that is right for you. One that is easy to understand and read. You won't read something that doesn't make any sense to you.... It doesn't have to be King James, or what your grandmother or your pastor carries. As long as it is a regular Bible that is the gospel of Christ with no additives.

I have carried the NIV (New International Version) for years, but I love to look things up in the New Living Bible, The Message, Amplified and so on... These other references just give me a broader understanding and description of God's Word when I tie them all together. The King James is often understood to be "the" Bible, but it's just a translation itself. Choose what works best for you. Ask someone if you are not sure. And, most of all... just read the Bible~ it will change your life.

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