Bob highlights something that looks good. The Bible but arranged chronologically, and with no verse/chapter/paragraph headings. Ready for us to read just as a normal book, as it happened. That’s what the TNIV Books of the Bible does. From the publisher’s website:
The Books of the Bible project encourages better Bible reading, particularly by emphasizing the reading of whole books. The result is an inviting and clean visual presentation of the Bible, in Today’s New International Version (TNIV), that can be understood and enjoyed more easily. The Books of the Bible differs from the format of most current Bibles in significant ways:
- Chapter and verse numbers are removed from the text
(A chapter and verse range is given at the bottom of each page)
- Each book’s natural literary breaks are shown instead
- There are no notes, cross references, or section headings in the text
- Text is presented in one column rather than two or more
- Books that have historically been divided into parts are restored
- Books are presented in an order that gives readers more help in understanding
Here’s a type sample.
It is the kind of Bible I would love to have by my bed for my personal reading – when I want to understand the big picture of what God did, and is doing, rather than the micro detail.