Thursday, August 11, 2005

Hey, people of the cloth!

I wasn't sure if any of you might have some advice for G Zombie, who writes:
I need a good reading edition of the King James Bible. What I don't like about most editions of the Bible is what I don't like about the Norton Anthology of English Literature: tiny type, tiny margins, and paper that's so thin it's verging on onion skin.

I asked NSAH, who is the most religious person that I have regular contact with, but he didn't know. So I figured I'd put the query out to my readers, since some of you probably have various editions of the King James in your house.


Blogger Songbird said...

I don't think I've ever held in my hands a satisfactory edition of the King James with regard to ease of reading. I wish I could be of help! The most readable Bibles I've used in recent years are two editions of the NRSV, especially the most recent Oxford Annotated edition; the Harper Collins Study Bible is pretty good, too.

7:50 AM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

NSAH is very religious? You should post on that!

I can't really help on the Bible front. All my Bibles are practically transparent paper also.

1:52 PM, August 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religious, yes. But also easily tired of all the denominational in-fighting and skeptical of the near-idolatry with which some folks treat the Bible; therefore, not much of an expert on which Bible is best. The old Irish monks who lived on obscure rocks in the Dark Ages spent all their time transcribing Bibles, and the Romans still didn't even listen to their precociously progressive thoughts on Christianity. That's given me little incentive to pay much attention to anyone who's supposedly a Bible expert unless they're giving me some interesting nugget of history.

But I did walk to church last week.

Of the 3-4 Bibles in our house, the funniest is the one I inherited from my mom, who used to scribble things in the margins. By one particularly violent passage, she wrote "BANZAI!!" (Which, apparently, isn't actually a war cry --


7:55 PM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger Apostle John said...

I don't think I have a KJV in my house or office. The church has one somewhere. My best suggestion is to visit a Bible Book Store of some sort.

10:01 PM, August 14, 2005  
Blogger Mieke said...

I asked my friend about this, her response:

"I use the NIV version, that is a study bible, meaning there are notes below that explain further the history, other bible references, etc that I find helpful. It also sometimes gives some of the original translations from the Greek text. I think it is a good mix between finding the most accurate translation while allowing you to understand that it says in present day language."

I hope that helps.

6:34 PM, August 15, 2005  
Blogger Jody said...

I would check out the various Study Bibles by Zondervan. Our church uses Zondervan bibles for Sunday school and they all use "regular" (not onionskin) paper, and are filled with good factual data, some interesting questions that don't ring alarms in my liberal-Christian head, plus they look good.

They full line of KJV bibles is available at

They note that the Bibles are filled with commentary by "conservative scholars" but as I said, and granted I've only skimmed, there's nothing that rings HUGE alarms for me. I haven't actually sought out the typical passages that spark today's fights, though, and alas that they're not the passages that start with "blessed are the peacemakers."

There are PDF's of the various KJV bibles at Zondervan and I would be willing to bet money that (a) the font is as readable as it gets and (b) that these Bibles were NOT printed on onionskin.

I think Zondervan is going to be the way to go. They're very widely available -- and in every version, not just KJV.

My own personal favorite translation is NRSV, but that's just me.

7:04 PM, August 16, 2005  
Blogger Sam Chevre said...

For just a book-like reading Bible, the Gideon large-print is good (if you can find one)--or just go to a Bible book store (like Lifeway) and look for a large-print pew/presentation Bible.

I love the KJV--good luck finding one that suits you!

10:53 AM, August 23, 2005  
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