This page provides links to recommended Bible versions and Study Bibles available from Books-A-Million.
The Bible versions below are discussed in depth at Bible Versions Controversy and in the upcoming book Differences Between Bible Versions (see Books by the Director).
Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament - The ALT is the only Bible that is a literal translation of the Majority Greek Text, brings out nuances of the Greek text, and includes study aids within the text. It promotes understanding of what the New Testament writers originally wrote. It is truly the ideal version for the serious student of the Bible. Translated by Gary F. Zeolla, the director of Darkness to Light. The preceding link is to the hardcover edition. The ALT is also available in paperback.
King James Version - After almost 400 years, still the favorite Bible version of millions. The preceding link is to the Center Column Reference Bible, blue, bonded-leather edition, with thumb-index, cross-references, and a min-concordance. Books-A-Million has over 1,400 editions of the KJV available. Based on the Textus Receptus.
New King James Version - The NKJV has long been this writer's preferred version of the Bible. It provides a good balance of accuracy and readability. The preceding link is to the Nelson Reference Bible, black, bonded-leather edition, with thumb-index, cross-references, and a min-concordance. Books-A-Million over 400 editions of the NKJV available. Based on the Textus Receptus, but with footnotes indicating significant variants with the Critical Text and Majority Text.
Literal Translation of the Bible - As the name says, a very literal translation of the Bible, by Jay P. Green. Based on the Textus Receptus.
Modern King James Version - Somewhat more literal than the NKJV, also by Jay P. Green. The preceding link is to a black, bonded-leather edition, the only edition of the MKJV available from Books-A-Million. Based on the Textus Receptus.
World English Bible The WEB is one of only two versions based on the Majority Text (the other being the above ALT). the WEB is basically a formal equivalence versions, though it does tend towards dynamic equivalence. But overall it is a very accurate and easy to read version.
Young's Literal Translation - The first literal translation of the Bible in English. Translated in the late 1800's by Robert Young, who also prepared Young's Analytical Concordance. The preceding link is to the paperback edition, the only edition of YLT available from Books-A-Million. Based on the Textus Receptus.
Nelson Study Bible: NKJV - 15,000 expository study notes, 100 In-Depth articles, 350 Word Focus word studies, maps, charts, timelines, concordance, and other helps. The notes present different viewpoints, but they favor a Reformed-Baptist perspective. A very helpful and reliable study Bible. The preceding link is to the burgundy, bonded-leather edition. Also available in other colors and bindings, such as a black, leather edition.
Reformation Study Bible: NKJV - (Formerly the New Geneva Study Bible). A truly Reformed Study Bible. Extensive study notes one each page. Book introductions and outlines at the beginning of each Bible book. Charts, graphs, and discussions of theological concepts on appropriate pages. Mini-concordance and maps in the back. A truly helpful and reliable study Bible. The preceding link is to the paper over boards edition. Also available in a burgundy, leather edition.
Christian Life New Testament: NKJV - Ideal for those new to the Bible. Contains simple outlines to introduce the new believer or seeker to the basic doctrines of the Bible. The preceding is to the blue, imitation leather edition. Also available in burgundy imitation leather.
Thompson Chain Reference Study - The reference chains in Thompson's enable topical studies of the Bible to be done. The preceding link is to the NKJV, black, bonded-leather edition. Also available in a variety of other versions, colors and bindings.
Open Bible - Book introductions and outlines. Full page study aids scattered throughout. Cross references, a mini-concordance, and other aids in the back. The preceding link is to the NKJV, blue, bonded-leather edition. Also available in a variety of other versions, colors, and bindings.
When available, I have linked to bonded-leather editions of the above Bibles. By personal experience I have found that this type of binding provides a good balance between price and durability. Genuine leather bindings will last longer, but they are considerably more expensive. Hardcover bindings are less expensive, but they tend to fall apart with as much as a Bible should be used.
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