I read a wide range of translations and do not have a clear favorite. My tried and true fall-back Bible is an NIV Study Bible
(1984) that was given to me at my ordination many years ago. When
memorizing Scripture, I tend to use the ESV or another essentially
literal translation, since I figure if I know as closely as possible
what the original says, I can always paraphrase a passage when quoting
it, if needed to make the meaning clear. When in doubt, I readily turn
to the original Greek or Hebrew, since no English translation is
Where do you get the Bibles you review?
For the most part, I buy them, although review copies from publishers are always welcome.
Why can’t I find some of the Bibles you review in my local Christian bookstore?
That’s a good question. Most retailers tend to stock what sells.
Since relatively few people purchase expensive, high quality Bibles, it
doesn’t pay for a retailer to tie up funds or shelf space in that kind
of inventory. I actually think there is more of a market for high-end
Bibles than most publishers and retailers realize, and I hope that blogs
like this one can begin to change their perceptions.