Saturday, March 31, 2012

2012 Bibles, part 2

The Mission of God Study Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, presumably HCSB, June 2012

From the publisher:

The Mission of God Study Bible encourages followers of Jesus Christ to see their everyday life from God’s perspective and have His heart for people. It’s a reminder that we live around people in desperate need of redemption and reconciliation with God, which can only be found in Jesus. The mission of God has never been just for specialists; it is for all believers to live out through their daily lives and by sharing the good news of what God has done through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus. Wherever you are, you are on mission. In The Mission of God Study Bible, you will hear from today’s top thinkers, theologians, and leading voices in the church about what it means to live in the mission of God. Essay contributors include Matt Chandler, Tullian Tchividjian, Ed Stetzer, Matthew Barnett, Andrea Mullins, Dave Ferguson, Christopher J.H. Wright, and many others. You will also discover “Letters to the Church” from elder statesmen that speak to the grand narrative of God’s mission in Scripture. These words from Billy Graham, Jack Hayford, R. T. Kendall, Erwin Lutzer, Calvin Miller, and R.C. Sproul will inspire you to live God’s mission daily. Includes QR code links to over 45 personalized videos from Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation. Each video summarizes a key essay found in the Mission of God Study Bible.

KJV Study Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, September 2012.

From the publisher:

2011 marked the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible, a landmark that gained worldwide media attention and researched estimates that more than one billion copies of KJV editions have been sold to date. Indeed, the beloved, historically rich rendering of Scripture is an ongoing favorite among Bible readers. Holman Bible Publishers is excited to present the KJV Study Bible, a new edition modeled after its own 2011 ECPA Christian Book Award-winning HCSB Study Bible, where every well-conceived study help is practically placed on the same page spread as the related biblical text. It also features 15,000 study notes, 141 photos, 62 timelines, 59 maps, 40-page concordance, 20 articles and essays, 16 illustrations and reconstructions, 15 charts, and a helpful glossary of 17th century expressions relative to the KJV’s signature phrasing. Other details of the KJV Study Bible include a two-column text setting, center-column cross references, the words of Christ in red, one- and three-year Bible reading plans, and a notes section.

And not to be confused with the above,

KJV Study Bible, published by Barbour, July 2012

From the publisher:
These brand-new study Bibles introduce the beloved King James Version to a new generation—featuring beautiful covers, easy-to-understand notes, and other helps. More than 5,000 brand-new notes, from Barbour's QuickNotes Simplified Bible Commentary series, provide greater understanding of the KJV, still among the most beloved and trusted translations available. It also features introductions for each Bible book, color maps of biblical lands, a dictionary/concordance of key Bible names and terms, and the words of Christ in red. The KJV Study Bible is an excellent resource for personal study, Sunday school, and small group preparation—for those who are already fans of the King James Version or others who've been reading more modern Bible translations.

KJV The Woman's Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson, 2012

From the publisher:
Now with a fresh, new look and available in the King James Version (KJV) for the first time, The Woman's Study Bible is more relevant to today's women than ever before!
Now with a fresh, new look and available in the King James Version (KJV) for the first time, The Woman's Study Bible is more relevant to today's women than ever before!
Features include:
* Inspiring articles by Anne Graham Lotz, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Roberta Hromas, Linda Dillow, Kathy Troccoli, and more
* More than 100 character portraits of women in the Bible
* More than 300 articles on topics for women
* Hundreds of insightful quotes by inspiring women throughout history
* Topical index to Scriptures and special features
* 8.5-point type size
* Silver page edges
And though I would probably never, ever consider this one, I share with you all the same,

The Message Study Bible, Eugene H. Peterson, Navpress, 2012

From the publisher:
When author and pastor Eugene H. Peterson created The Message, he took the colloquial quality of the ancient Hebrew and Greek originals and put it into the American English that people use in their workplaces and around the house. What makes The Message a unique translation of choice is it is written in verse-numbered paragraphs in a single-column format, making it like a novel. The Message Study Bible combines this best-selling contemporary translation with personal insights from Peterson's lifetime of studying the Word.
  • 640 notes from the writings and sermons of Eugene H. Peterson
  • Contemplative readings and prayers throughout the text
    Peterson's introductory essay "Reading the Scriptures"
  • A comprehensive bibliography of Peterson’s writings
    Peterson's biography and the complete list of translation consultants for The Message
  • Blank pages for personal notes and reflections
  • Written in American English
  • Verse-numbered, single-column format, making The Message a true reading Bible
I couldn't find much information on this ESV Lutheran Study Bible published by Concordia in May 2012.

Fire Bible, KJV Version, Hendrickson Publishers, July 2012, a new Pentecostal study Bible

ESV Global Study Bible, Crossway, October 2012

From the publisher:
The ESV Global Study Bible is a one-volume study resource for globally minded Christians everywhere. It has been designed from beginning to end to be highly accessible and value priced for distribution on a global scale.
The Global Study Bible features a fresh design, with a wide range of new features. Each book begins with an introduction, followed by a unique, insightful description of the global message of the book. Likewise, a set of new articles by global Christian leaders apply the Bible to global issues, such as the role of government, the nature of the church, world religions, social ethics, and missions and evangelism.
Each print copy comes with free access to the online Global Study Bible, available anywhere worldwide with an Internet connection.
The Global Study Bible’s notes and maps were adapted from the best-selling ESV Study Bible and contain a wealth of information about the biblical text, history, and geography. With overviews of each Bible book, special facts, and character profiles, the Global Study Bible is an outstanding resource for Christians everywhere who seek to know and understand the truth of the Bible and its global meaning.
  • Book introductions
  • Maps
  • Illustrations
  • Concordance
  • Cross-references
  • Double column page layout
  • Durable sewn binding
  • Type Size: Bible text: 7.5-point; Study notes: 6.5-point 
NIV Coffeehouse Bible, May 2012

From the publisher:
This espresso and caramel Italian Duo-Tone Bible has 52 short studies designed to help you and your friends discuss things that matter in this hectic world. For many of us, the coffee shop has become our "third space"—the place we go to share life with our friends and family. It’s the place where we meet to discuss things that matter—life, love, politics, religion—and everything in between. The NIV CoffeeHouse Bible is topically divided into distinct study areas, each allowing you and your friends to consider the place of God and his Word in your life today. Studies on key life issues and important topics will engage your coffee group gatherings for an entire year and get you thinking about things that matter in this hectic world. Each of the 52 studies is broken into sections to fit the amount of time you have. You can use these 'short', 'tall', and 'grande' sections by yourself or with your friends.
The Voice, Thomas Nelson, April 2012.
The Voice is a faithful dynamic equivalent translation that reads like a story with all the truth and wisdom of God’s Word.

Through compelling narratives, poetry, and teaching, The Voice invites readers to enter into the whole story of God with their heart, soul, and mind, enabling them to hear God speaking and to experience His presence in their lives. Through a collaboration of more than 120 biblical scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and artists, The Voice recaptures the passion, grit, humor, and beauty that is often lost in the translation process. The result is a retelling of the story of the Bible in a form as fluid as modern literary works, yet remaining painstakingly true to the original manuscripts.

Features include:

* Italicized information added to help contemporary readers understand what the original readers would have known intuitively
* In-text commentary notes include cultural, historical, theological, or devotional thoughts
* Screenplay format, ideal for public readings and group studies
* Book introductions
Pray the Scriptures Bible, ed. Kevin Johnson. God's Word Translation, Bethany House. November 2012.

From the publisher:
For those interested in centering their prayers on the foundation of Scripture, this Bible will be an encouraging companion to daily Bible reading and prayer. Bestselling author Kevin Johnson presents an approach to the power of biblical prayer by offering Scripture-specific prayers written to be read and prayed alongside the Scriptures that inspired them. Readers will pray with more confidence, learning to apply Scripture to their lives and pray words they know God will hear.
Ideal for anyone looking to grow closer to God through their prayers, Pray the Scriptures Bible includes these special features:
  • more than 4,500 new Scripture-specific prayers
  • a guide to praying the Scriptures
  • introductions for each book of the Bible
  • articles based on major categories of prayer
  • index of prayers that appear in Scripture
  • topical prayer guide

Pray the Scriptures Bible opens an avenue of conversation with God as he speaks to us through his Word, the Bible. 
NKJV Gaither Homecoming Bible, Thomas Nelson, September 2012.

From the publisher:
The Gaither Homecoming Bible makes the Bible come alive for those seeking truth in the twenty-first century—even for those who think they already know it.

For years, Bill and Gloria Gaither have reached millions of people across generations with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Their music of joy, thanksgiving, and praise ushers people into the presence of God so that He can do His wondrous work in their lives. This beautiful Bible featuring the New King James Version (NKJV) is one that you will treasure for years to come.

Features include:

* Inspirational and insightful Scripture devotions by the Gaithers and other favorite Homecoming artists
* Articles on beloved hymns, gospel songs, and Gaither classics and the inspiration behind them
* Original poetry by Gloria Gaither to enlighten and inspire
* Quotes by greats of the faith, reflecting on the importance of music in the life of believers
* Words of Jesus in red text
The Love Languages Devotional Bible, NLT Translation, October 2012

From the publisher
Dr. Gary Chapman has become a trusted expert on relationships. His teaching is based on the timeless wisdom of God's Word. Gary has been described by his readers and listeners as passionate, relevant, hopeful, effective, and practical. He brings this expertise and style to The Love Languages Devotional Bible. Its straightforward approach to reading through Scripture, complemented by brief devotional readings that apply the text to real-life relationships, will deepen couples' understanding of God and of each other. This Bible gathers together in one powerful, life-changing resource all the best of Gary's decades of counseling experience.

The Love Languages Devotional Bible covers numerous topics, including: communication, expectations, roles, sex, conflict, money, children, in-laws, and more.

Key features include:

* New Living Translation, clear and elegant, ideal for reading aloud
* Scripture reading plan, makes it easy to read through the entire Bible in a year
* 260 daily devotions, one for each weekday
* 52 feature articles, one for each weekend
* Prayer guides, reduce awkwardness by providing specific cues
* Select readings address a wide variety of couple-oriented topics
* Bible book introductions provide context and essential background information

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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