The KJV/MEV Parallel Bible from Passio.

DSCN4270  This review is about the quality of the Bible not the translations. The KJV has been around for a little over 400 years and is quite well known. The MEV is supposed to be translated from the same source texts as the KJV so don’t expect that many differences. This Bible came packed in a padded envelope.   DSCN4269

I would like to say that it arrived completely undamaged, but it did not. There are a couple bent corners.

DSCN4271  No big deal, but worth a mention, since all of the books I’ve received from Charisma House/Passio have been packaged the same way. The hardback Bible has a dust jacket that has the information a retail box would have on it. I don’t use dust jackets, so that was not a big loss. The cover is black and has in gold on the spine, “KJV KING JAMES VERSION” under that is, “Parallel Bible KJV/MEV” and then, “MEV MODERN ENGLISH VERSION PASSIO”   DSCN4275

The attractive spine is hidden by the dust jacket. On the front cover the book is imprinted with the, “PARALLEL BIBLE KJV/MEV.”

DSCN4274  Once opened, you’ll notice that it is, of course, case bound with 3 blank pages before the Title Page.   DSCN4282

DSCN4283  This is followed by the copyright and publisher information page.   DSCN4287

Directly after that is the Table of Contents. Next we have The KJV Epistle Dedicatory page to King James.
Next up is a Dedicatory page for the MEV to Queen Elizabeth II. (That is just kind of strange to me.)

DSCN4289  From there it is straight into the Old Testament. The KJV is printed on a slightly grayed out watermark to differentiate it from the MEV. The MEV is printed in the left column. The paper is pretty white, although it is excessively translucent. It is not near opaque enough. This doesn’t help when the font is only a 6 pt. font in size.   DSCN4291

The Bible was printed and bound in America.

DSCN4286  It looks like line matching was employed. That helps offset the problem caused by the thin paper. The binding is sewn and flexible.   DSCN4300

If treated right it should last a long time. It seems to be a sturdy Bible. There are very limited notes, to the point of being nonexistent. If you purchased this Bible for that reason you will be disappointed. I guess that will teach you to look at the product descriptions more closely. The book titles, chapter and verse information are printed on the top outer corners of the pages, page numbers are at the top, center. It is a double column, black text format.

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There are no fancy features here to run the cost up. No gilt page edges, ribbon markers, or concordances here, just the text of the two versions, the only exception to that is the One Year Bible Reading Plan after Revelation.
All in all it is a mediocre quality Bible with nothing of interest to offer except the two versions in parallel, and that is probably all the reason you need to buy a copy. The American production quality is good and the printing is consistent and sharp. For the money you can afford to have one just to compare the translations. I would like to see this in a 4 way parallel with, KJV/MEV/NKJV/NASB. I think this would go a long ways for the textual criticism guys.

ISBN: 9781621366409
Make sure to check out all of the pictures I took of this Bible here.

Have you ever wanted to compare the changes in the 2011 NIV against the KJV or NKJV?

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.

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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.

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The Parallel was wrapped in plastic, and was in a clamshell retail box, that should be retained for storage.

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The Parallel has a black, bonded leather cover.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

ISBN-13: 9781598569490

ISBN: 9781598569490

Size: 6.5 x 9.5 inches

Pub Date: February 2013

Item Number: 569490

Need a Chinese language New Testament? Review of the Mandarin CSB/CUV Parallel New Testament, Black Bonded Leather from Holman.

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This New Testament in CSB/CUV according to what I’ve read is very clear and easy to understand.  I do not understand Chinese.  I am reviewing this New Testament from a quality and value perspective.  I received it gratis from Holman for the purpose of review.  This New Testament was well packaged and arrived in great condition.  It was shipped in a box with a couple other books; a copy of, “Learn to Read New Testament Greek” and the workbook, “Learn to Read New Testament Greek, Workbook.”  I will be doing more in depth reviews of those resources throughout the coming year.  Obviously, learning Greek will be an ongoing adventure and require more than a week to do the review of those resources.

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The New Testament provided is a parallel, meaning that it presents both the text from the Chinese Standard Bible (CSB) and the Chinese Union Version. (CUV)

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The cover is black bonded leather.

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If you are not familiar with bonded leather it is made from leather scraps that are bonded together with adhesive and died to the desired color.  It is less expensive and pretty durable.  It doesn’t hold up as well as leather and is not as flexible.  The inside of the cover is lined with black paper glued down.

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It appears to have a sewn binding.

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This will add to the durability.  There is a presentation page and some publication notes with translation notes.

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There is one black ribbon marker and the page edges are gilded.

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The words of Christ are in red.

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The paper is very opaque.  The hanzi characters are printed clearly with sufficient contrast to make out all of the details.

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There is even a concordance of Chinese hanzi characters in the back.  Included are some colored maps.  If you know someone whose first language is Chinese and they are interested in knowing more about Jesus this is a good value for evangelism.  It is not so expensive that you couldn’t afford to buy several of them, and it is made well enough to last them for a while.  If your primary language is Chinese and you would like a New Testament to carry around as you witness to people this one would fit the bill.  It is a good value at around eleven dollars from some retail sites.