DISCLAIMER: I’m still not in favor of the TNIV’s systematic and subtle—what can I call it?—twisting of gender renderings. Please see Grudem for more. But I do think educated American Christians should use the multiple translations at their disposal, and I am particularly excited about the verseless format of the TNIV edition I’m about to recommend to you (again). If you know Greek and/or Hebrew you’re not going to be led astray by reading the TNIV; you can always check its accuracy for yourself.
I’d like to see how many people I can persuade to follow my example and get an edition of the TNIV “Books of the Bible.” That’s the one with no chapter or verse numbers. I’m reading through it this year myself and I’m in Isaiah. It’s been a great experience to read without my mind being stopped subtly by extraneous markings.
If I can get 10 or 11 readers in the Greenville, SC orbit (like a tight orbit to avoid hassle) to go in with me, you’ll save $6 on each copy. You’ll get it for $9 instead of $15. I’m paying the extra 2 cents for each of you. You’re welcome. =)
Comment on this post or send me an e-mail if you want in. If you’re a ministerial student you might as well have a copy of the TNIV—and you might as well have this neato edition.
UPDATE: The signups are coming! Let me know if you’d like two. I think this would make a great gift, and I’m planning to keep some for my (eventual, Lord willing) kids.
UPDATE 2: I put the order in on faith so the Bibles would come before school is out. Sign up fast before the slots are all taken! Just six left!