Item description for Holy Bible Nelson Reference Bible by Thomas Nelson...
Overview Make God's Word your everyday traveling companion. Thin and lightweight, Thomas Nelson's UltraSlim(TM) Reference Bible boasts a complete and easy-to-read Bible that is ready to go when you are! A Bible you can be comfortable taking with you every day and everywhere you go, this UltraSlim Reference Bible is thin enough to tuck into your purse, briefcase, backpack, or glove compartment, yet large enough for easy readability. The UltraSlim Reference Bible is the perfect gift and ideal companion for today's Christian on the move. Features include: Center-column references Translation notes Book introductions Words of Jesus in red Concordance Full-color maps
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.49" Weight: 2.08 lbs.
Binding Leather, Bonded
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0840783043 ISBN13 9780840783042
Availability 0 units.
More About Thomas Nelson
Thomas Nelson earned his doctorate in psychology at Michigan State University. Following a six-year period of research, in 1964 Nelson accepted a position of Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Alberta. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department between 1967 and 1985. Now retired as University (Distinguished) Professor at the University of Alberta, Nelson continues to publish in peer journals.
Reviews - What do customers think about Holy Bible Nelson Reference Bible?
Excellent general use Bible Jun 17, 2006
This review is on Nelson's Reference Edition of the King James translation of the Holy Bible. Without engaging in argument over whether the newer translations of the bible are "perversions", I will just pose that I prefer the original King James Version since it is what I grew up learning with. Many bits and pieces of scripture that are in my personal memory are in King James. Therefore, when attempting to locate a reference using a concordance or electronic bible search, it is always convenient to resort to that version which matches one's word-for-word recollection. I agree that the stilted Shakespearean English can be a bit cumbersome, but this tends to become less bothersome with familiarity.
That said, the biblical text of all KJV editions of the the Holy Bible is identical. So why a Nelson Reference Edition?
I have many copies of the bible around the house (dozens?), in several translations and levels of "helps". My favorite to pick up is my old Nelson's Reference Edition. The size is not too large, including occaisions where I will be traveling with it. I have found the center column references to be "right on". This is not always the case with other publishers. For example, I often find Scofield's references to be a a bit of a stretch, or sometimes plainly disconnected. Nelson's center column translation helps are also desirable.
There is a small, well thought-out concordance and some useful color maps in the rear also. What is lacking of course, is the commentary that would be included in a full study bible. BUT, I have found that such commentaries are often distracting (I feel compelled to read every word). Worse, they are not necessarily truth. I have found that I prefer to use my simple reference Bible. I can turn to separate volumes of bible commentaries or reference books when I need to. Again, with a simple reference bible, one is not getting another person's "opinion" as with a full study bible. (Sometimes it's good to keep the facts and the opinions separated)!
My copy is close to 20 years old and is showing some deterioration. The paper quality is excellent. The bonded leather is fraying at the edges/corners and there is a split at the front hinge. But it has held up well and I consider these relatively inexpensive Bibles to be a good value. This would be an outstanding "first Bible" for an adult.
Binding split; replaced under warranty; very pleased Apr 30, 2005
I have been very pleased with this Bible. The NKJV is my favorite version, since it is based on the same Greek text as the KJV, the Textus Receptus (TR). I really like that the center-column lists all the places in which the similar Majority Text or the less-similar Critical Text (on which most modern versions are based) deviates from the TR. The two-column print is dark and easy to read, with the pages thick enough to have minimal bleed-through. I also really like the four-page preface which explains the translation philosophy and the underlying Hebrew and Greek texts used. As another reviewer has noted, the durability is questionable. I bought mine in January 2001 and a few months ago I noticed that there is a split from top to bottom right in front of the preface. Fortunately, the box says that Nelson offers a lifetime guarantee against failures due to manufacturing defects, so I have just contacted them via their website to see if they will make that good. 29 April 2005.
- UPDATE: I received a replacement copy 20 May 2005. My only out-of-pocket cost was media mail postage to return the defective copy. I am very satisfied with their customer service.
Another Shlocky Item from Thomas Nelson Jan 7, 2004
Up until approximately ten years ago, Nelson Bibles were quality, and I am referring to their Leather-bound editions. They were Smyth-sewn/whipstitched, and would last for years. Unfortunately,except for their "Signature Series" Bibles, which are priced at $99 and more, Nelson (and Crossway) Bibles, in my opinion, are the most inferior on todays market. They are all glue-bound, and have a limited life-expectancy. This is a prime example of it. The New King James translation is an excellent translation. Unfortunately, it is Nelson's house translation, and they charge unreal royalties to any other publishing house who wishes to use it. If you wish to have a decently made, quality NKJV, seek out the offerings from Broadman/Holman. They will last.
A very readable, accurate, and reliable Bible version Mar 27, 2002
When I first became a Christian I was reading the NIV, but upon comparing it to the word-for-word translation in an interlinear I realized that it was not that accurate. The reason for this is the NIV follows a "dynamic equivalence" (thought for thought) translation principle. So I changed to using the NASB, which follows a "formal equivalence" (word-for-word) principle. And the NASB did match up much better to the interlinear.
But then I began to investigate the issue of Greek text type. And my research convinced me that the Critical Text that the NIV and NASB are based on was less reliable than the Textus Receptus that the KJV and NKJV utilize. So I switched to the NKJV as my primary Bible, and have been using it as such for over a decade now.
Now I know there are many KJV-onlyists who consider the NKJV to be a "perversion" of the KJV. But I have taken the time to research their arguments and have found them to be faulty. I present my counter-arguments to the KJV-onlyists' arguments against the NKJV in much detail in the section on "KJV-onlyism" in my book Differences Between Bible Versions.
In my book I quote from numerous KJV-onlyist sources. I look at their arguments against the NKJV in general along with evaluating in detail their complaints on specific verses. And I conclude that yes, there are times the NKJV is not translated as accurately as it could be, but the same could be said for the KJV. And overall, both versions are very reliable.
But the big difference between these two versions is the KJV's use of Elizabethan English can make it very difficult to understand while the NKJV utilizes modern-day English and thus is relatively easy to read. And frankly I see no reason why I should struggle unnecessary with the KJV's archaic English when the NKJV is just as accurate while so much more readable.
To conclude, the NKJV is a very readable and accurate Bible version. One can read it with confidence that they are utilizing a reliable version of the Bible. If the reader wants even more confidence in this regard, then see my Bible versions book. Along with looking at the KJV and NKJV, my book also reviews over 30 other versions of the Bible.
NKJV easy to read Sep 25, 2001
Nelson does a good job with Bibles, and the NKJV is easy to understand. It is also useful as a reference tool to be used with the KJV. The Bible is God's word. He has revealed His plan for His creation in it, and those who care about what is going to happen in the long run will be glad to read the Bible.