Have you ever wanted to compare the changes in the 2011 NIV against the KJV or NKJV?
Hendrickson’s Complete Evangelical Parallel Bible with the KJV, NKJV, NIV, & NLT in black bonded leather gives you that opportunity.
I saw this Bible on Hendrickson’s web page. It struck me as an interesting opportunity to look for myself at the changes made in the NIV and compare them to a trusted version like the NKJV. I’ve read a number of books on the topic. My studying was done between the time when the TNIV was introduced and when the 2011 NIV replaced it. I’m not going to say I can tell the future, but I called it when I told my wife that they will just drop the, “T” off of TNIV and try to sneak it by everyone. Well, I was right. That is what happened.
Hendrickson did a decent job of packaging this large Bible. It was shipped in a cardboard box, with airbag type packaging cushions inside.
The Parallel was wrapped in plastic, and was in a clamshell retail box, that should be retained for storage.
The Parallel has a black, bonded leather cover.
Bonded leather is less expensive than genuine leather, which is made from pigskin. Good bonded leather can last a very long time. Bonded leather is kind of like the particle board of leather. It is bits and pieces of leather that are pressed together with adhesives and die to make sheets of bonded leather. It is typically a bit stiffer than calfskin leather and very stiff compared to goatskin leather. It is the lowest grade of leather cover, but it does fill a niche in Bible cover options. If I were to buy a goatskin hide from a supplier it would cost me about $80.00. I could probably get about three or four Bibles this size case bound. So if the publisher wanted to make any money they would have to pass the costs along to the consumer. Synthetic covers are less expensive. They are also almost as flexible as premium covers. The problem is that they aren’t as tough and don’t last as long. Bonded leather covers, in my opinion are tougher than the synthetic covers. It might not be as flexible as a synthetic cover, but it will add more structure to a big Bible like this than a synthetic one. Your other option is to get a hardback. These are good for giving the Bible structure. They are also pretty durable, but they can get bent, torn, scratched, and waterlogged pretty easy. They are easy to rebind as well. So you see, there are several options, you just have to decide how much you want to spend, what features are must haves, and what you can compromise on.
I think as far as parallel Bibles go this one is built pretty well. This Bible has a sewn binding. That is almost a necessity on a Bible this size. You actually have four complete Bibles in one volume. The sewn binding makes this Bible much more flexible than a perfect bind. Perfect bound books have all of the pages stacked up, cut square, and glued together to form the spine. A sewn binding stacks pages into separate pamphlets called signatures. These are stacked up against strips of material called binding tapes. The signatures are sewn to the tapes and to each other. This gives the Bible the ability to open fully, last longer, not lose pages, and hold together even if the glue gives way.
It is case bound, which means it is glued into the cover by the end papers. An edge lined binding glues the inside cover tab to the end papers of the text block and then covers the tab with another piece of paper, vinyl, or hide/fabric. You see edge lined bindings on premium Bibles. Premium Bibles usually are $150 and up. Case binding is the most common kind you’ll see.
On top of having a sewn binding, four Bibles, ribbon marker, and a bonded leather cover, this Bible has pretty decent paper and print for a giant like this. I was expecting to have some difficulty with legibility due to how much they had to put in this volume, but this one uses clean sharply printed modern digital typeset.
It was printed in China. The font is 8 point in size. That doesn’t sound like much. Don’t let that fool you. It is very legible. I was pleasantly surprised. The paper is pretty good too. It offers good contrast with the font without being too white. The spine is square, not rounded. There are decorative head and tail bands, a ribbon marker, publisher’s notes, limited foot notes, and gold colored gilt page edges.
I am not going to address the translations in depth for this review. I wanted to focus on the quality of materials, features, and manufacture of this parallel Bible. If you want know more about translations and methods just do a search for translation notes, the version you want to know about, and the year of the edition. Google is your friend, kind of… It is also the gubbermint’s intelligence machine! Put on your foil hats and look out for the black helicopters! I’m not joking! Do it NOW! GET TO THE CHOPPA!!! (In conspiracy mode the government is always referred to as gubbermint)
I don’t want to sound like a, “negative Nelly” and wait for it… wait for it… BUT I didn’t expect to dislike the NLT so much. I’ve always heard that it was, “dumbed down.” I never expected it to be as gender neutral as the NIV. Now, don’t get the wrong idea, I am not anti-NIV or NLT per say. I am just a big fan of formal equivalent translations. Dynamic equivalents have their place. There are many new Christians who have trouble and need the extra help. My first Bible I was given was a parallel KJV/NIV. There are people who have trouble with English and need a little help. When you get down the road a little bit, you really need to get an NASB or ESV in my opinion. If you feel that you need a little help, I would suggest an HCSB over either the NIV or the NLT.
Overall a person buys a parallel Bible for the purpose of comparing translations. In that regard alone this Bible handily accomplishes that end.
Size: 6.5 x 9.5 inches
Pub Date: February 2013
Item Number: 569490
6 thoughts on “Have you ever wanted to compare the changes in the 2011 NIV against the KJV or NKJV?”
Great post and site! although I couldnt find the bible i wanted to see but thats okay maybe cuz its a cheap one! haha. I also couldnt help it notice the public post on “Jesus being God” I wanted to shed some light on why it would be hard to see Jesus being God. I do though respectfully understand why some base this on John 1:1, though the word is “Jesus” John 1:14 and sometimes God being called the word, doesnt necessarily mean they are the same meaning. Thats why it was translated later when understood correctly. For instance John 1:14 states “no man has seen God” but we however have seen Jesus. Jesus also had a beginning and an end where as God does not. John too makes a clear distinction between him and God when he says John 17:3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ”. He also states “the word was with God” they cannot be together if they are one. Basically the word is referred to as a “god”. Here the term ‘god” means mighty one and high position but not being God himself. Mathew 24:36 also states “concerning that day and hour nobody knows neither the angels nor the “son” but only the Father. Jesus was Gods first Angel John 6:38, and his chosen one to “ascend and descend from heaven” to represent God himself, he also made and created everything with Jesus next to him. Col 1:15 says “He is the firstimage of the invisible God the “firstborn” of all creation”. Acts 7:55 also mentions “he being full of holy spirit, gazed into heaven and caught sight of Gods glory and “Jesus standing at Gods right hand”. Sorry comment so long im shure youve heard this before but like I said I respect your view on this matter! Just wanted to share :))).
Bottom line, if you don’t affirm the deity of Christ you are not Christian. The preincarnate Christ is eternal and has always existed. He has never, not existed. You are very confused and have twisted the Bible. I’m guessing you are a Jehovah’s Witness? In Greek, there is no indefinite article of, “a” or “an” When translating into English sometimes we and one to make the grammar work, but it is not done when the other grammatical keys in Greek disallow it. In this passage it is most definitely properly translated as, John 1:1 (NASB Greek-English Interlinear) 1 Ἐν In g1722 ἀρχῇ the beginning g0746 ἦν was g2258 ὁ the g3588 λόγος Word g3056 καὶ and g2532 ὁ the g3588 λόγος Word g3056 ἦν was g2258 πρὸς with g4314 τὸν — g3588 θεόν God g2316 καὶ and g2532 θεὸς God g2316 ἦν was g2258 ὁ the g3588 λόγος Word g3056 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The word Jehovah is a construct of the tetragrammaton and the Hebrew word, “Adonai.” It didn’t exist until around 600 years ago. The New World Translation is not a true translation of the Bible. If you have read the Old Testament, you would have seen many Christophanies. The doctrine of the trinity is very well established in the entirety of scripture.
John 1:14-18 (Greek NT: Byzantine Greek Unparsed Text) 14 Καὶ ὁ λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο, καὶ ἐσκήνωσεν ἐν ἡμῖν καὶ ἐθεασάμεθα τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, δόξαν ὡς μονογενοῦς παρὰ πατρός πλήρης χάριτος καὶ ἀληθείας.
15 Ἰωάννης μαρτυρεῖ περὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ κέκραγεν λέγων, Οὗτος ἦν ὃν εἶπον, Ὁ ὀπίσω μου ἐρχόμενος ἔμπροσθέν μου γέγονεν· ὅτι πρῶτός μου ἦν.
16 Καὶ ἐκ τοῦ πληρώματος αὐτοῦ ἡμεῖς πάντες ἐλάβομεν, καὶ χάριν ἀντὶ χάριτος.
17 Ὅτι ὁ νόμος διὰ Μωσέως ἐδόθη, ἡ χάρις καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια διὰ Ἰησοῦ χριστοῦ ἐγένετο.
18 Θεὸν οὐδεὶς ἑώρακεν πώποτε· ὁ μονογενὴς υἱός, ὁ ὢν εἰς τὸν κόλπον τοῦ πατρός, ἐκεῖνος ἐξηγήσατο.
John 1:14-18 (NASB) 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
Don’t make the same error that others have. Begotten does not mean that He was created. It is the Greek word monogenous, and it means, single of its kind, only.