As anyone who has recently searched for a new Bible knows, there are a plethora of translations from which to choose. And, unless you are educated in the basics of Bible translation, the task can be daunting. Which translation is best? Which translation is best for me? These are two important questions to be answered by every Bible shopper.
So, for your information, Hendrickson Bibles has reintroduced their New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) with Apocrypha originally published in 2005. The NRSV was first published by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in 1989. Because of its ecumenical nature, it received outstanding acceptance from the Christian community at large to include Protestant, Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox. (I would refer you to this on Bible Gateway page for more detailed information.
The NRSV is an update of the Revised Standard Version, first published in 1952. Thus you have a Bible with the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament, the twenty-seven of the New Testament and the Apocrypha (known in scholarly circles as the Deuterocanonical Books). What you also have with the NRSV is a highly readable translation based on the best manuscript evidence available.
This publication of the Bible is clearly an attempt to make a quality copy of the Scriptures affordable to anyone. The imitation leather version comes in four colors – white, black, blue and burgundy. It can be purchased for less than ten dollars at various on-line retailers. There’s also a softcover edition at an even less expensive price.
This particular Bible is set in double columns and has 9-point type and is claimed to be “readable.” However, 9-point type is probably not for “older” eyes as the print may appear relatively small. This is also billed as a “Gift & Award Bible.” Thus, if you have an individual in your life who desires a copy of the Scriptures, this is an excellent choice. It is also an excellent choice to present as a “spiritual surprise.”
Whatever your religious leanings may be, this publication of the Bible is a top-notch choice for either personal use or as a gift regardless of your theological beliefs concerning the Deuterocanonical Books.