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The idea for this Bible was born in an extended family in the East End of London, UK. It was conceived to enable the Bible text to speak to people “where they are”. So if you are a Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, or a believer in another religion then you may find this Bible a simple way of reading the Scriptures. If you have no background in religion you will find it equally simple to use. Portions of this Bible have been tested for over 15 years with people all around the world. The purpose of this edition is to give every kind of reader what they most need to know to keep on reading through the Bible.
The team that has worked for over 21 years to produce this Bible includes Dr. Keith J. White who wrote the introductions and all the notes in the margins. Notes have been checked by Committee for Bible Translation member Dr. Martin Selman, Vice-Principal of, and Dr. Debra Reid, Lecturer at Spurgeon's College, London UK. Two editors have checked the Bible text and notes: Martin Manser and Emma Redfearn. Keith retains the copyright for these notes. Tony Cantale designed and conceived the layout and produced many of the maps. Andy Bisgrove produced all the illustrations. Andy retains copyright for all art. Over the last 10 years, Hodder invested upwards of $500,000 in this project. When Hodder cancelled all Bible projects, Mill Grove (Keith White) negotiated to have all the rights and product developed returned. Keith arranged for the GMT Trust to provide finance for the final layout and design to produce the first edition.
Unique Characteristics of this Bible
Format First it presents the whole Bible in the usual order from Genesis to Revelation, but in a way that makes it clear what is God's story and what is a different kind of writing. If you start at the beginning you will discover that the first chapters are like a traditional book with the text running right across the page. After a few pages there is a section that uses two columns, and then it goes back to the traditional format. This is the way the whole Bible is set out. If you want to follow the Bible story right through then simply read and turn to the next section of writing across the whole page. If you are interested in details, poetry, proverbs, laws, family trees and letters, you will find these wherever there are two columns on a page. The text version in this Bible is called the NIrV.
Illustrations 500 pieces. The pictures are all original and created especially for this Bible and, like the maps, are placed where they are needed. The maps help you understand where things are taking place and how far and in what directions people in the stories travel. The whole purpose is that you can read through the Bible without having to turn elsewhere for the information you may need to understand what you read.