The NIV is accurate, reads well, communicates clearly, and is selling briskly.

The outstanding publishing event of 1978 was the completed New International Version (NIV) of the Bible (Zondervan). Produced by an interdenominational, international, evangelical committee under the auspices of the New York International Bible Society, the NIV has already received wide publicity in the pages of this journal (October 20, 1978, issue) and elsewhere. While it is certainly true that this or any other translation of the Bible will have some deficiencies, we believe that the NIV should and will be widely accepted. Many have felt the need for a standard new translation for the English-speaking world, and it is the prayerful hope of the sponsors that the NIV will meet this need. Whether this happens will not be determined by church officials—or book reviewers—but by the Bible-reading public. In our judgment the NIV is accurate, reads well, communicates clearly, and we hear it is selling briskly.

The Eerdmans’ Family Encyclopedia of the Bible (Eerdmans) edited by Pat Alexander is as beautiful as it is useful. Chock-full of color illustrations—photographs, maps, charts, drawings, and other material—it contains accurate and up-to-date information on a variety of subjects which helps you understand events, people, and customs of Bible times, and hence understand better the Bible itself. The material is arranged in ten sections: the environment of the Bible, archaeology and the Bible, the story of the Bible, key teaching and events, religion and worship, people of the Bible, home and family life, work and society, places, and an atlas of the Bible. Three of the sections are organized alphabetically for easy reference. The section on home and ...

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