Every Christian should have at least one Bible right? In today's more advanced technological world that may consist of your one Bible being an app on your smart phone, which, by the way, is fine by me. One may get a weird look from someone in an older generation but don't let that bother you.
It is vitally important for us as Christians to be reading and meditating on God's Word on a regular basis. As I have covered before there are many excellent modern translations in modern English out there to choose from.
As far as I am concerned the top 5 that are out there are as follows:
1. New American Standard Bible
2. English Standard Bible
3. New King James Bible
4. New Living Translation
5. King James Version
Out of these 5 you get 4 that are in the Formal Equivalence area which is a literal "word for word" approach to translation methods, and then the New Living Translation is in the "thought for thought" translation mode. Although I must say that after spending much time reading the NLT I am surprised at how often they choose to go with a more literal rendering rather than a dynamic equivalent.
However, the other great thing about these 5 favorites of mine is you get the whole spectrum of critical texts covered. A critical text is the map or blue print of manuscripts chosen as the guide for the translation process. For instance, the King James and New King James follows a Byzantine manuscript tradition, whereas the NASB and ESV utilize the Byzantine but take into consideration also the Alexandrian text families.
So, basically if you have a copy of one from each critical text tradition then you have everything covered. However, this is not exactly necessary as the NASB and most like it will include footnotes and explanations when variants occur. That way you can have full knowledge of what is available and why it may or may not be included in line with the other text.
As far as the Premium Bible Market if you go to the page on my site here entitled, "Evangelical Bible" you will find a wonderful Christian Business located in Virginia that specializes in the sale of what is considered to be premium Bibles.
These Bibles that are for sale there are the top of the line, high end of the market Bibles. The average cost range will go anywhere from $100-$220 for the higher end and they still have some for sale under $100 if that is what you would like.
Of all that they have for sale I highly recommend the Allan Bibles. They have excellent goatskin and a wonderful binding that will make this Bible last a lifetime. They also have wonderful paper, a font that is easy on the eyes, easy to read, and choices between single column and double column text types.
The Allan comes in various colors and translations. In fact, to my knowledge all translations I mentioned above can be purchased at their website in an Allan.
Here is a couple pictures of the Allan line of Bibles.
As you can see the Allan Bibles are excellent quality and will make a wonderful addition to anyone's Bible library. With Christmas coming up soon consider buying one for someone else or yourself. The customer service at Evangelical Bible is excellent and they ship out very quickly. For most purchases over $75 I believe, shipping is free and it is usually between 3-8 business days before it is in your hands.
Once you have held one and started reading and studying from it, you will find yourself wanting to read God's Word more often as it is a joy to hold one of these excellent Bibles. I encourage you to check out their website today and make a purchase.
I currently own one and I am completely satisfied with it.
You can learn more about Evangelical Bible by visiting my page dedicated to them on my site here or you can go straight to their website here: Evangelical Bible