NIV Bibles (New International Version)
What Is the NIV Bible?
The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible is the best-selling English language Bible in the world. The NIV Bible is popular because of its easy-to-understand language. The NIV translation strives to strike a balance between a literal translation of the Bible and a paraphrase translation. Since it was published in 1978 by Biblica, 450 million copies of the NIV have been published and millions of people around the world have made this Bible a part of their daily Christian devotions.
How Was the NIV Bible Created?
The New International Version Bible started its journey when an engineer named Howard Long saw a need for a contemporary translation of the Bible that made God’s Word more accessible to the average Christian reader.
The translation process began in 1965. The first publication was The Gospel According to John, a contemporary English translation of the verses in the Book of John. The complete New International Version was first published in 1978 by the New York Bible Society (now Biblica). The translation committee used original manuscripts from the Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic languages to study and create text in English that was accurate, beautiful, clear, and dignified. Since its original publication, there have been two new updates to the translation, in 1984 and 2011.
The 15-member Biblica translation committee still meets every year and is committed to an accurate and reliable rendering of God’s Word that is clear to read and understand.
Why Should You Choose the NIV Bible?
Accuracy: Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the translators for the NIV are committed to looking at the original language and accurately conveying the meaning of the verses of the Bible with all their subtleties and nuances in contemporary English.
Readability: The text of the NIV Bible is set at a 7-8th grade reading level for broad understanding of the Word of God among many audiences.
Variety of Formats: The New International Version of the Bible is available in a number of formats for use by many Christian audiences in the world in situations of many kinds.