Whether you ascribe to the Christian tradition or not, the Bible is, undoubtedly, one of the most influential texts of the Common Era and arguably the bestselling book of all time. As such, there are so many editions in print it can be overwhelming to select the best one for a particular purpose. Here is an overview of some the best Bibles for various types of readers and collectors.
For Pleasure Reading
If you’re reading a good story the last thing you want is a bunch of pesky superscript numbers and notations cluttering the page. Such distractions make it very difficult to get lost in a story. The best Bibles for pleasure reading will have a clean interior design, text large enough to see without strain, and will be light enough to easily hold in one hand.
Biblica publishes a couple of excellent resources for people who want to read the Bible without all the usual distractions. The first option is to buy the Bible in four slim paperback volumes: Covenant History (Genesis through Kings), The Prophets (Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah, Zephaniah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Obadiah, Ezekiel, Haggai, Zechariah, Joel, and Malachi), The Writings (Psalms, Lamentations, Song of Songs, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Daniel), and The New Testament. The second option is to buy the whole Bible in one volume. Both are translated in the New International Version (NIV) and do not contain any chapter and verse numbers, section headings, study notes, footnotes, cross references, or red letters. The text is arranged in a single column format and utilizes natural structure breaks to make the text flow well without overwhelming the reader with huge blocks of unbroken text.