Yesterday I posted the question What Bible do you use? I’ve had a few responses and I promised today to write about my recent change. Over the last few years I have always used some kind of NIV Bible as my main Bible. As a late teenager it was the NIV Compact Study Bible and then over the last four years I have used a NIV Cross Reference Pocket Edition.
As I left Essex I decided it would be nice to invest in another Bible, as my pocket one was slowly disintegrating. For my personal reflection and study, and to use when actually preaching and teaching, I have obtained a Parallel Bible-PR-TNIV/MS-Remix which is truly lovely (Thanks Sam!). From a practical point of view it is a nice size – not too small it gets wrecked in the bottom of my bag, but not too big you couldn’t hold it in your hand when teaching. The cover seems nice and strong – although because of cycling and lobbing it in the back it will be interesting to see how long it lasts. I like having a ribbon to mark a key study text – something I haven’t had for a few years. But most of all I am enjoying it because of the refreshment of being able to glance at two versions (a translation and a paraphrase to be accurate) at the same time.
Tomorrow I will try and post about which Bibles I use as I study a text to prepare for teaching.