What type of Bible do you read?

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  1. Friend of God

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    I'm curious what type of Bible do you read ?


    Is it a Reference/Text Bible?, or is it a Study Bible?, or do you read only from online Bibles? And why do you prefer the type of Bible you read from?


    I read from a Reference Bible because when I'm reading I'm more interested in the text, than study notes.


    This thread is not concerned with which Bible version you use, just which type of Bible you use to read from in your private time.
     
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  2. annsni

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    Mine is just a standard Bible with the cross references in the center margin. Here's a link to it, although you can't see inside it:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/1433515156/?tag=baptis04-20

    When I'm doing my reading, I prefer to not have anything extra in my Bible but when I'm studying, I like a study Bible. But the ESV study Bible is about the size of an encyclopedia so that's a "stay at home" one. :) I love the feel of this Bible too - and it's JUST the right size for me. While I'm "fluffy", I'm petite and I don't like huge Bibles.
     
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    I have the ESV personal size reference. Single column, references in the middle, such a pleasure to read.
     
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    1. I read an English bible. (duh!)

    2. I usually read the bible on my computer or phone.
     
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    I find I have a hard time reading things on electronic devices. I guess I just prefer to hold the paper in my hands. Unfortunately, that means I print out LOTS of stuff to read if it has any length to it at all. Certainly doesn't make hubby thrilled as we go through a bit of ink. LOL
     
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    Paperback. I read through the Bible every year in a different version and make notes as I do.
     
  7. Thermodynamics

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    I read a reference Bible most of the time. I like having the cross references and alternate readings in the center column if I want them, along with the study helps and maps in the back. My favorite Bible right now is a Cambridge Cameo bound in deerskin, it has replaced my goatskin R. L. Allan reference Bible.

    I also tend to keep a study Bible at hand for those (all too often) times when I am not "getting it" or need someone elses take on what a verse is saying.
     
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    Mostly I read a study bible. I don't always use/read the notes, thoguh. I tend to use a specific bible for everything, though; I will cycle through several while studying a passage, but otherwise I will use a single copy for everything else.
     
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    Its hard to say as I don't use one Bible all the time. I guess I will just put them in order of most used to least used.

    NASB- Word Study Bible

    ESV- Lastest ESV Study Bible, I forked out for the leather. This book is HUGE

    Holman CSB - Slimline leather, no notes just a standard reference edition

    NET Bible- Full print , first edition

    NKJV - Chronological Archeological study Bible

    NLTse - Transformation Study Bible, Wiersbe's commentary.

    NIV - Same word study notes as the NASB.

    KJV - regular old reference Bible.
     
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    The one on my iPhone. Seriously. I'd be lost without it.
     
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    I have several bibles. I have a KJB plain, and NKJB(referrence), NIV(study), New American Bible(study, Oxford Bible(study). I plan on getting an NSRV. I use all at all times.
     
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    Ooops, My bad! Sorry Johnv, I never thought to include electronic devices in the choices I gave.

    Thanks for the replies everybody! :thumbs:
     
  13. Johnv

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    Yes, it's really funny on Sundays when the pastor says "if you open your bibles to...." and about a dozen folks whip out their iPhones.
     
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    Yeah I study at home using my computer almost exclusively.

    You might say I have to dust off my Bible each Sunday before bringing it in. :eek:

    My "Sunday bible" is a brand new, large print ESV reference bible.

    I just purchased a ESV Study Bible for a new-believer friend.
    I looked though it, looks good but ... -----> WoW it's heavy!

    Rob
     
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    Speaking of which, I have thought about getting a Nook and downloading a Bible to it for use as my church Bible. I kind of like the idea of having other Bible references on it as well and having them all at my fingertips during the pastor's sermon.
     
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    Just get a netbook and put e-Sword on it.
     
  17. Marcia

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    I read several Bibles but always like Bibles with cross-references the best. I like to check those out when I read. The one exception would be the Thompson-Chain, which I also like.

    I vary - sometimes preferring to read a study Bible and sometimes not; it depends on the purpose.

    I noticed a lot of people listed the versions they read, which was not the OP question. I managed not to do that. :smilewinkgrin:
     
  18. Joseph shall add

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    New King James Large print.
    Nave's topical bible.
    Thompson Chain Reference
    The Treasury of David by Spurgeon.
    But my favority bible is a 1901 American Standard Bible translated from the original tongues. But i have to be gently with it, it is falling apart.
     
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    I read a lot from the Reader's Digest copy of the RSV. It has no verses and is like reading a novel. For personal devotions I read the King James Version only. I like old English. I also read the Phillips New Testament in modern English. Notice, I did say "read". Study is another matter.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    It depends on where I am.

    If I am at the computer using E-Sword, I'm likely to be reading from the ESV.

    If I'm plopped up in the recliner, usually the NIV. (because I have several editions of this translation scattered throughout the house)

    My "church" Bible is KJV right now, because that is what our last preacher used most often and the cover of my fav NIV is worn out and I haven't bothered to do anything about it. (I think our interim preacher actually uses the NAS, but I don't have a stand alone of that, because its not one of my favs.)
     

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