The Bible Versions Discussion/Dialogue group that I created on Facebook several years ago has been growing by leaps and bounds lately! We're getting close to having 900 members, so the 1K mark is just around the corner. We usually have wonderful and fascinating discussions on the group (and sometimes just Bible Versions trivia), unless we get trolled by King James Only fanatics (which does happen from time to time). We've got a few great Admins who do an excellent job at keeping an eye on things, and helping to keep the conversation civil.
In the past, I have posted links to the Christian Booksellers Association's Top Ten Bestselling Bible Translations list, but it looks like CBA has discontinued that list recently. So I discovered a similar list at the website for the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association). See the list copied below:
1New International Version
2King James Version
3English Standard Version
4New Living Translation
5New King James Version
6Christian Standard Bible
8New International Reader's Version
9Common English Bible
10New American Standard Bible
I've been reading the Modern English Version (MEV) a bit more lately, and I think it's a better update of the KJV than the NKJV was. I'll try to do a comparison of some passages from the MEV and the NKJV in a future post, to demonstrate exactly why I prefer the MEV. Meanwhile, you can read some comparisons between the MEV and some other versions at the official MEV site. Also, you can read the entire MEV at the always highly recommended Bible Gateway. (In case you were wondering, I am not trying to endorse the MEV or anything; it's just a recent addition to my collection that I happen to be interested in at the moment.)
Speaking of online Bible sites, I would like to point out that BibleStudyTools.com seems to be the only online Bible site that I know of that still has the 1984 NIV and the discontinued TNIV, rather than the more recent NIV 2011. So if, like me, you kind of miss the TNIV, you can still access an electronic version of it at that site.
One Study Bible that I've had for awhile now, but have just recently been digging into, is the 4th edition of the New Oxford Annotated Bible (NOAB). I'm still not sure if it beats the old RSV edition that was edited by Bruce Metzger, but it's still an excellent Bible. In other Study Bible news, I also recently acquired the Norton Critical Edition of the English Bible, a two-volume set of the King James Bible, that has excellent literary annotations, as well as a host of other literary resources. Very well done, and worth your attention.