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For Bibles, their Study Bibles, Concordances, Prayer Books etc. it is best to look at the individual publisher’s sites, or ask at your nearest Christian Bookshop, but we have given brief descriptions of the best loved versions, their publishers and examples of each version.
Brief description of best loved versions
New International Version (NIV) Published by Hodder in UK. Certain editions, mainly fine bindings, published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) The most popular translation with evangelical churches. Combines word-for-word and easy-to-read translation methods with the aim of providing reasonable accuracy and readability alike.
Today's New International Version (TNIV) Published by Hodder in UK. Certain editions, mainly fine bindings, published by Cambridge University Press (CUP). Substantially updating and enhancing the NIV, it presents the fruit of the ongoing study of the same team of translators that were responsible for the NIV.
New International Readers Version (NIrV)is a new Bible version developed to enable early readers to understand God's message. Published by WTL Publications Ltd.
Revised Standard Version (RSV) Published by Cambridge University Press (CUP),Collins, and Oxford University Press (OUP),
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Published by Cambridge University Press (CUP), Collins, and Oxford University press (OUP), . The most widely accepted across the different denominations, and offers word-for-word accuracy alongside modern scholarship and gender-sensitive language.
Good News Bible (GNB) Published by Collins was the first truly easy to read translation and is the UK's best-selling translation according to Nielsen Booktrack, especially popular with schools and for work with children and young people, but also used in churches that want a Bible people can read easily.
English Standard Version (ESV) Published by Collins.Certain editions, mainly fine bindings, published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) Aims at the highest possible accuracy in the context of modern English, using the Revised Standard Version as a base. As such, it is very popular with churches emphasising expository preaching and close Bible study.
King James Version or Authorised Version (KJV or AV) Published by Cambridge University Press (CUP), Collins and Oxford University Press (OUP), . An indispensable classic which has left permanent marks on the English Language and its literature. Largely a revision of earlier works by William Tyndale and others.
Contemporary English Version (CEV) Published by Collins. This is the most up-to-date easy to read translation available, thoroughly accessible and ideal for use with anyone new to the Bible, and thus in churches focused on outreach to new areas and/or on young people's work.
New Living Translation (NLT) Published by Tyndale and distributed by STL. Certain editions, mainly fine bindings, published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) It is committed to accuracy within the constraints of easy-to-read translation methods.
New King James Version (NKJV)Certain editions, mainly fine bindings, published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) This is a fresh, completely updated translation. It captures the beauty and accuracy of the KJV, in contemporary readable language.
Revised English Bible (REB) Published Cambridge University Press(CUP) and Oxford University Press (OUP) A translation standing firmly in the tradition established by the New English Bible. This substantial revision expresses the mind and conviction of biblical scholars and translators of the 1980s
New Century Version (NCV) Published by Thomas Nelson and Authentic Media. Aims to be faithful to the manuscripts in the original languages while making the language clear enough for all people to read the Bible and understand it for themselves.
New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) Published by DLT. A fresh translation which combines accuracy with dignity and clarity of modern usage, and is approved for use in many churches today. This Bible is widely used by the Catholic church as its study Bible, as the footnotes and commentaries are biased toward Catholic theology.
New American Standard Bible (NASB) Published by Zondervan. Certain editions, mainly fine bindings, published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) A very literal translation, ideal for in-depth word studies but without archaic language.
Amplified Bible Published Zondervan. A popular translation used to understand the hidden meaning of Greek and Hebrew words. Additional amplification of word meanings is given in a system of brackets and parenthesis.
The Message Published by Navpress distributed by STL. A contemporary rendering of the Bible from the original languages, crafted to present its tone, rhythm, events and ideas in everyday speech. A paraphrase that reads as a novel but now some editions have numbered verses.

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Prayer Book & Bible, Heritage Edition

- 1662 Book of Common Prayer Holy Bible, King James Version

Price: £22.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP )
Published: Autumn 2012
ISBN: 978-1-107-03268-2
Reviewed by Mike Norbury  (18/10/12)

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The People’s Bible

- The Remarkable History of the King James Version

by Derek Wilson

Price: £9.99
Publisher: Lion
Published: 21 October 2011
ISBN: 978-0-745-95559-9
Reviewed by Barry Vendy  (29/09/11)

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The Psalms – The Grail Translation

- Inclusive Language Version

Price: £11.99
Publisher: Collins
Published: 01 May 2009
ISBN: 978-0-007-32932-8
Reviewed by Ian Gibbs  (12/10/10)

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