Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The New NIV Bible (2011 edition)

The NIV 2011
To be launched on March 2011, this is the latest addition to the bludgeoning collection of New International Version (NIV) Bibles. It is meant to replaced the much maligned TNIV, which has been much criticized, chief of all being the changing of the original texts to be more 'gender-neutral.'  From what I know, the history of the NIV is roughly as follows:

  • 1973 - New Testament released;  
  • 1978 - The full NIV text containing both the OT and NT released;
  • 1984 - second revision;
  • 1996 - NIV readers version; (NIrV for early readers)
  • 2002 - Today's New International Version (TNIV)
  • 2010 - Latest version to be released in print (Mar 1, 2011)
As a service to my readers, here are a few ways you can read the NIV (c) 2010 version. 

1) ONLINE SOURCES (with Internet connection)
  • BibleGateway - Choose "NIV, 2010" (online since Nov 1st, 2010)
  • Biblica website - (link)
  • Youversion website - (link)
2) OFFLINE RESOURCES (after download and install)
  • Kindle - New International Version; (ebook)
  • Free download of NIV ("youversion" up to Mar 1st, 2011; only for Apple iPad, iPods, iPhones and Androids)
    downloading is a little tricky. first you'll need to download a YOUVERSION Bible app from the Apple app store on your device. After downloading the app, search for the Bible version WITHIN the app. If you see a green icon, click that one in order to download.
  • FREE New Testament NIV MP3 downloads (iTunes)
  • FREE Old Testament NIV MP3 downloads (iTunes)
  • For printed copies, you can buy it at all major bookstores from March 1st, 2011.
  • Who translated the NIV (c) 2010 edition? (link)
    Hey, there's a few professors from Regent-College. Woo Hoo!

  • All Things NIV (link)
  • News updates on the new NIV (link)

I make more comments once I get hold of a printed copy.



Rosie Perera said...

The NIV 2011 has been available for Logos for a few weeks now and I've been using it alongside my NIV 1984 and TNIV. I still like the old NIV 1984 wording best for some verses because it's what I am most familiar with, and yet I know the TNIV improved on some things and I like the gender neutrality that it introduced (some of which has been rolled back in NIV 2011). I haven't used the NIV 2011 enough yet to be familiar with it or have formed an opinion about it overall. But I like and trust a couple of the people I know who worked on it.

There have been lots of discussions about the new NIV. Here's a thread about it on the Logos forum.

Here are some comparison charts:
The New NIV 2011 Translation Comparison
NIV2011/NIV2010 Changes

YAPdates said...

Thanks Rosie for sharing the additional links. They are certainly great references.

Somehow, my first look is that the new NIV is not significantly different from the old ones. Makes me suspect that the rationale for the re-launch is more marketing, than theological.

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