Edited by Purple Sage - 3/18/11 at 6:59am
Which Bible to read? So many to choose from - Page 2
There's an interesting article about the new NIV and Bible translation on msnbc http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42138347/ns/us_news/
It baffles me that if the original Greek or Hebrew used a word that could mean brothers or sisters, but it was translated brothers... people are now objecting if they want to use brothers or sisters again.
Really, whichever one you will read and enjoy will work. All this talk about translations is purely semantic if your bible just sits on the shelf. :)
My primary bible is a NIV. I like it because it is readable, and I don't get hung up on all of the "thees" and "thous". I enjoy my particular copy because the cover is very soft and feels good in my hand. The print is large enough to read comfortably, but not so large that the book becomes unwieldy. I really enjoy reading it.
If you are studying a specific passage you can always go to http://www.biblegateway.com/ and read it in all of the different translations.
I also think The Message has its place. Yes, it is the work of one man, but if that is the only verision someone is willing/able to read it is better than nothing. When I am doing a bible study I often enjoy reading The Message version as well to get a particular perspective.
Another vote for the RSV/Ignatius Bible.
I did see a non-Catholic version at Borders the other day. Personally, though, I like having the extra books :-D
The Oxford Annotated Study Bible - RSV with Apocrypha has all the "longer canon" OT books, including all those in the Orthodox tradition (the Orthodox recognize a longer "long canon" than the Catholic church does).