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Item description for The Parallel Study Bible: NKJV - NCV - The Message - Comprehensive Study Notes by Nelson Bibles...
Overview The Parallel Study Bible enables you to compare and study God's Word like never before! It combines the accuracy of the NKJV, the accessibility of the NCV, the story-style rendering of The Message, alongside a concise abridgement of the annotations from the NKJV Study Bible in a four-column setting that's easy to use and perfect for study.
The Parallel Study Bible
NKJV - NCV - The Message - Comprehensive Study Notes
by Thomas Nelson
Style/Lining: White Endsheets
An easy-to-use four-column format
The best translation for study-NKJV
The easiest-to-read translation-NCV
Today's most popular paraphrase-The Message
Concise abridged annotations from the award-winning NKJV Study Bible
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.34" Width: 6.72" Height: 2.44" Weight: 4.42 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 071801698X ISBN13 9780718016982
Bible Binding: Cloth Color: Full Color Point/Type Size: 7.50 Version: PAR
Availability 0 units.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Parallel Study Bible: NKJV - NCV - The Message - Comprehensive Study Notes?
A parallel Bible you might actually use (if you can read tiny print) Feb 14, 2007
I have bought many parallel Bibles and New Testaments over the years. Parallel Bibles seem to be designed for people (like me) with no ability to read Greek or Hebrew but who really want to get at the underlying meaning of the text. We have the hope (naive perhaps) that if we lined up enough translations side by side and compared the subtle differences of the renderings into English the "true" underlying meaning would pop out at us, making all things clear. It's rather like going to the salad bar at Olive Garden--you are free to pick and choose ingredients to create the salad/rendering you want for that day. But looking back over the past 40 years, I have to admit that I rarely used any of the parallel Bibles I bought. The reasons vary. Sometimes its because I don't really like all the translations chosen. Often it is because there are very few "extras" like introductions or explanatory notes (the first things to be jettisoned when a publisher needs to squeeze four or more translations of the full Bible into a book that will still be no larger than a normal Bible). But mainly it is because the size of the type is extremely small.
Nelson claims to have created the first ever Parallel STUDY Bible. In other words, they answered my complaint #2. The PSB has introductions to every book of the Bible and one of its four columns of text is assigned to commentary from the NKJV Study Bible (and other Thomas Nelson resources). This material is theologically conservative (and in this regard, it seems to favor Baptist/Evangelical interpretaions over Pentecostal/Charismatic understandings). The commentary is keyed to the NKJV text, but given the parallel column format, it is not hard to figure out what phrases are being addressed if you are following the New Century Version (NCV) or Message texts. It does seem odd, though, that the commentary is not immediately adjacent to the NKJV text. This could have been easily done by putting the commentary in the extreme left-hand column and the NKJV, TCV, and Message texts in columns 2, 3, and 4 respectively. Also, where the translations have textual footnotes (NKJV and NCV mostly), these are included at the bottom of their respective columns; section headings for each translation are also retained. All in all, the page is well-designed and easy to figure out. A real plus in the commentary column are a fairly generous number of short discussions of interesting topics, such as, "Love Is a Conscious Choice," "Foggy Faith," and "Are Some Jobs More Important?"
The translations chosen, though not my personal favorites, are well chosen for Evangelical readers. Two, not surprisingly are owned by the publisher, the New King James Version and the New Century Version. The NKJV, being patterned on the historic KJV, is the most literal rendering in the trio of texts. It is also the text closest to the way most people will have likely memorized a Bible text (this is significant because the Concordance that comes with the PSB is keyed exclusively to the NKJV). The TCV, is identified as an easy-to-understand dynamic equivalent, or meaning-for-meaning translation. (This puts it on the par with the Good News Bible or the New International Version; easy-to-understand but also trustworthy.) The Message, the third translation offered, is copyrighted by NavPress, a conservative publisher idealogically compatible with Thomas Nelson. This text is a highly interpretive, free rendering of the text (what used to be called a "paraphrase.") It claims to "stab" the reader "awake to the beauty and hope that connects [them] with [their] real lives." This is likely to be the text youth groups will be most attracted to.
The print of the biblical text is really small (and the footnotes are even smaller); the commentary is a little larger. Texts run to different lengths due to varying degrees of wordiness, the use of poetic formats, etc.; but the editors always realign at new chapters. White space is rare and not distracting. The paper is thin and show-through is a problem in some places.
Besides a Concordance, this Bible also includes a Harmony of the Gospels, a plan to Read Your Bible Through in a Year, and color maps. As far as the reading plan goes, a typical day's reading consists of one chapter from the New Testament and three from the Old Testament. Read in three translations, that comes to twelve chapters a day (the equvalent of all of Daniel). That's a tall order. I wonder if anyone will really do it.
love it, except....... Oct 26, 2006
i love how this bible has the Message (today's speak) and the NKJV (faithful word-for-word translation) together, plus study notes. what a great combination to understand the Bible.
there's one "big" problem though, the font is really tiny. i think it's like 5 or 6 point. how am i supposed to read this?