Biblica Cleans Up the Bible with New “Books of the Bible” Release
Most Christians are aware that there is a curse at the end of Revelation for anyone who messes with the Bible. The Apostle John said, “If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God will take away his part from the Book of Life…” Okay, some may argue this curse only applies to the Book of Revelation, but since it is part of the Bible, that point is moot.
The real point is that the Bible has suffered from severe bloat in modern times. There is a special Bible edition, with notes, for every subcategory of human alive, it seems. It all started with a desire to make the Bible easier to navigate, as the video below explains, but that was just the thin end of the wedge.
As the King James Version began to age, and nobody understood the meaning of the dated English, explanatory notes became necessary. Once that barrier was shattered, people began adding notes to promote every branch on the theological tree, and every state of human existence from homemaker, to truck driver, to business executive. Who cares what the Apostle John said when there was publishing gold in narrowly defined niche markets!
I am happy to say that Biblica, the parent organization that translates, owns and licenses publishers to print the New International Version (NIV), has finally removed the curse of Revelation 12:18-19! They have released a new edition called Books of the Bible that removes all the numbers and notes so that people can have a pure Bible reading experience. They have included a brief introduction to each book, but it is historical in nature, not theological.
The Biblica marketing department is actually correct when they say, “The Books of the Bible is a revolutionary new presentation of Scripture that strips away centuries of artificial formatting, leaving behind nothing but pure Bible text. The result is a Bible unlike any other available today- and more like the original Scriptures.” If you would like to see the new formatting, download the Gospel of John in PDF format here.
This video explains the problem and the Biblica solution rather well.
Hopefully, this edition of the Bible will catch on like wildfire. It will give Bible readers an opportunity to start searching their own hearts for the meaning of a Bible passage rather searching the notes to see what some theologian thought about it.
By the way, without all those pesky Bible scholars to pay, the 1,920 page paperback edition is available (as of this writing) for only $12.99 on the Biblica site, cheaper if you buy in bulk.