With a wide variety of Bibles in our store, it can be an overwhelming process choosing the right one. Here are 10 things to look for before purchasing a Bible.
It is important to know if you are looking for a Catholic Bible or a Protestant Bible. Catholic Bibles differ from Protestant Bibles because they include the Apocrypha and the Deutercanonicals. Which means they include the books of Tobit, Judith, Wisdom of Solomon, 1 Maccabees, 2 Maccabees and Baruch.
It is also necessary to recognize that there are different types of Bibles. Catholic Bibles can be found under the names of Good News, New American Bible (NAB), Newly Revised Standard Version (NRSV), Ignatius and New Jerusalem. Protestant Bibles will have titles like King James, New King James Version (NKJV), New International Version (NIV), Good News, New International Readers Version (NIrV), New Living Translation (NLT), Contemporary English Version (CEV), Amplified,The Message and Living Bible. (Further details on these different Bible interpretations on a future blog post.)
You must ask yourself: is it a gift? Is it a personal Bible you are looking for? Or do you prefer a Study Bible? Bibles exist for different occasions, for example a White or a Family Bible is a suitable gift for a wedding.
You can choose between a soft cover Bible or hard cover Bible depending on your preferences. The soft cover options are a leather cover or a paperback cover.
Are you looking for more distinguished page edges? Gold or silver are the chic options, however plain white is also an option. Sometimes they even come in a variety of color.
Someone who is organized will appreciate the index tabs available in some Bibles. In other Bibles, they can place the tabs themselves. Also, ribbon markers are another way to find a page efficiently.
Bibles are printed in various sizes. If you want to choose a large print Bible, look for Giant size font. However, when going with larger print, that also means the Bible is heavier. When choosing a Bible this is something to decide which is more suitable for your needs.
For an easier read, some Bibles have the words of Christ in Red.
Some Bibles can be a little expensive, so it is primitive to protect your investment. Zipper cases and slip cases are the perfect way to preserve the words of God.
Lastly, you can take in consideration which color you prefer. These days Bibles come in wide range of colors: black, burgundy, red, blue, multi-color.
With the help of these 10 steps to choosing a Bible, you are on your way to discovering the Bible to uplift your spirit in your daily life.