The Greek-English Parallel New Testament from Crossway combines the ESV (English Standard Version) 2011 edition and Nestle-Aland 27th edition Greek text in a single parallel volume. It is available for both nook and Kindle. In this review I am using the Kindle edition, although the nook edition is practically identical with the primary difference being nook’s navigation. Features include: Preface to the ESV Section headings Cross-references Footnotes Paragraph format How-to guide The layout looks great. First is the verse in Greek and then under the Greek verse is the same verse in English. The English verses have links to references (letters) and footnotes (numbers). Both texts retain formatting, so both texts include paragraph format and centered text for Old Testament quotes. The section headings help readability. The fonts are crisp and easy to read. I am especially impressed with how nice the Greek text looks. The Greek text even includes the accent marks. Navigation is simple. The Table of Contents contains links to Articles and Resources, and The New Testament. Each book of the NT has both the Greek and English names for the books. Select the book you want and you’re taken to a screen where you can select the chapter you want. Select the chapter and you’re there. It’s very fast and smooth. You can also go directly to any verse (this requires a menu button). Click...Read More
Category: Bibles by Translation
I love e-readers, but in general, Bibles on e-readers are difficult to use. That’s because e-books are developed with the idea of reading one page at a time, in order, with no reason to jump around. This works great for fiction. It even works fine for most non-fiction, but for reference works and the Bible, e-readers need something more. They need to run the Bible as an app. I’ve used apps for PDA’s and smartphone’s for years and that’s exactly what the Kindle needs to make the Bible usable. Bible apps give us features like book and verse selection screens, the book and chapter at the top of the screen, highlighting, bookmarks, annotations, and powerful searching. That’s what Miklal Software’s KJV Bible App for Kindle is. It’s an app that works like Bibles found on smartphones, tablets, and PC’s. It has usability you can’t get in just a standard Kindle e-book. Here are some of its strengths: Easy navigation Bookmarking Annotations Powerful searches Highlighting Book and chapter shows at the top of the screen I really love the navigation. I go from one book to another a lot and this app makes it fast and easy. Just go to the navigation screen, select the book, select the chapter, and select the verse. Simple. Just like a Bible app should be. The searches are amazing. There are several ways to...Read More
There are several KJV Study Bibles on the market, but the Holman KJV Study Bible is the only one with full color photos and maps throughout the text. The quality of the color visuals, along with the quality of paper, consistency of print, and quality of tools make this one of the best study Bibles that I’ve seen. Pros Notes provide multiple points of view Full color throughout Cons Large Heavy Here are some of the basic features: Presentation page Family records 20 Articles and essays Center column references 15,000 Notes 141 Full-color photos 8 Full-color maps + 59...Read More
Coming in a few months, Local Church Bible Publishers is releasing an updated version of their immensely popular Note Takers Bible. It will have larger print, taking the font from 11-point to 11.5-point (not sure about leading), and the print will be darker. I’m hoping they add a few pages for writing notes in the back. Stay tuned for details and a review as soon as...Read More
The Hendrickson Large Print is a budget model (printed in China) Bible that has many features not found in premium Bibles. Pros 9/10-point font that’s clear and readable Headings in the text in bold type End-of-verse references Imitation leather looks and feels great Sewn binding lays flat Cons Paper lining makes binding slightly stiff Basic concordance No index to maps Here are the major features Presentation page Epistle Dedicatory Large print – 10-point font End-of-verse references Red-letter Imitation leather Cover stitched all around Sewn binding One ribbon marker Silver gilting 8 full-color maps Special Features section 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 List Price = $29.95 Amazon Price = $22.76 Christianbook Price = $17.99 Meta review = 4/5 Binding The cover is imitation leather. It is two-tone blue and grey and has stitching around the edges. It looks very nice and it feels good to the touch. The most impressive feature is the sewn binding. A sewn binding is a ‘must-have’ in my opinion and I was not expecting a sewn binding at this price-point. The map section has sewn stitching (called overcasting). Text The text is a 9-point font with 10-point leading. It’s a very readable modern font. It is not self-pronouncing. It does have italics for words supplied by the translators. The red-letter is actually red. It’s not too bold. It’s just as readable as the black-letter text....Read More
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