Factors to Consider when Buying a Bible

Life has many choices that need to be made. One would imagine that buying a Bible would be a simple pick-and-go exercise right? Sadly, that is not the case. Each Bible is tailored to fit the readers’ preferences.

For you to constantly read the Bible, you need one that you would enjoy reading considering the language used and the size of the text among other things. The question lingering in your mind would be “So what is the right Bible for me?” Here is how to find it.

1. Version

You have heard about different versions of the Bible, this refers to how the Bible was translated from the original documents which were in Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic to English. There are versions which were translated word for word which are a bit more complex to read like the King James Version. If you are a reader who appreciates complexity, then this Bible is for you.

Other versions are translated to convey what was meant in the writings without necessarily translating every word and others are paraphrased to make it simple for readers to understand the word like the Revised Standard Version. These two are for readers who prefer information communicated in a simplified manner.

2. Font size 

This refers to the size of the text in the Bible. You have two options here. Large print and normal print. The large print Bible contains a large size of text which is easier to read. This would be best for people with eyesight problems or just those who like their text large. Keep in mind that large text also means a large Bible. The normal print would be recommended for those who do not mind reading small-size text.

3. Bible cover

Well, your Bible will require maintenance, which is why you must take keen note of the Bible Cover you select. You need to choose one you can maintain. You could pick the hardcover Bible which is hardcore and can withstand different storage styles but can still be damaged by sharp objects and liquids spilled on it. The vinyl cover on the other hand is best for the more careful reader since it is more susceptible to fold and tear. 

Another cover available is the zip cover which protects the edges of the Bible from dirt or damage. This can be used by all people since it offers a different level of protection. Other Bibles like the children’s Bibles have handles to allow them to carry the Bibles easily.

Also available is the imitation leather cover which has a leather-like feel and is durable. This is slightly more expensive than the ones mentioned above. The last one is Leather which is the most durable option with a higher price compared to the rest.

4. Language

The language may seem obvious, but we have variations in this too. Kenya is a diverse country with about 53 language groups including English and Kiswahili. English and Kiswahili languages are spoken mostly by the urban majority.

The Bible is available in both languages. You could pick English or Swahili depending on the language you are more comfortable with. You also have the option of getting both but do not feel exhausted at the thought of buying both Bibles. 

Luckily for you, there is the Diglot Bible edition which is a two-in-one option that comes in handy if you want both. So, you do not have to fumble with two Bibles when you want to refer. 

Isn’t that amazing? 

Choosing the local language Bible depends on the local language you speak. So far BSK has translated the Bible into 23 local languages, hence there are varieties of vernacular Bibles that you can choose from. So, if you had no idea that there was a Bible translated into your language, now you know. Feel free to get a copy and feel at home with the Scriptures.

5. Colour

Aside from the material of the cover, you also have the liberty to pick the colour that best fits your personality. If you are outgoing, you might love the bright colours and for the reserved people safe colours are also available.

With these tips hopefully choosing a Bible will not be too hard for you. To purchase a Bible buy www.shop.biblesociety-kenya.org

This post was published on Monday 8 April 2024