August 30, 2014

My all-time favorite Bible


I began reviewing Bibles on the Bible Reviewer blog because I had so many. As word got around that I'm a Bible nut, people began asking my advice on which translation and/or study edition to get. Before responding, I tried to find out what each person wanted and needed as individual preferences make a huge difference in whether we actually read God's Word, which is, after all, the point.

Most Christians already have a favorite Bible, but having none myself, I read almost every English version, including footnotes from a variety of excellent study editions. Many aspects of each word-for-word, thought-for-thought, contemporary, or scholarly translation appealed to me for various reasons, and I'm happy to report that I discovered something unique in each - something insightful, something that helped me to take notice and really hear.

Then, finally.... Finally! After years of searching, I found "my" Bible: this one – The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, edited by Michael D. Coogan and published by Oxford in March, 2010.

The accuracy, the poetically graceful yet clear language, the unbiased footnotes and study aids, the "extra" books I did not even know about as a child – all of these features came together in a soft leather cover I'm sorry to say I couldn't find on Amazon. Before posting this, however, I made sure the paperback edition I did find is the exact Bible that has now become "my" Bible, my all-time favorite Bible, and The Bible I most highly recommend for drawing me closer to The Most High.

© 2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, reviewer, is a traditionally published author of 26 books, including the poetry book Living in the Nature Poem and Bible-based book of poems Outside Eden.

The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, paperback

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