Whether you find the Bible hard to read or have noticed your own Bible study has gotten a little stale, here are five versions of the Bible you may not have seen. Wherever we are in our study of scripture, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the Word in a new light, in new format or a different translation.
Stories we’ve stopped hearing because we know them so well take on new life. Passages we’ve struggled with become illuminated, and parts we’ve skimmed over and discounted become deeply meaningful and important.
The Brick Bible For Lego lovers of all ages, the Brick Bible is fully illustrated with Lego characters and sets. It’s a lot of fun, but a lot to be discovered, especially for visual learners.
For people who care for creation and take seriously God’s command to be good stewards of this earth, The Green Bible is a study Bible that directs you toward verses on the environment and stewardship. It also has essay by some of most impressive theologians and preachers at work today.
Very much a paraphrase (in fact the author is reluctant to even call it a “translation” of the Bible), the Word on the Street breathes new life into stories that you’ve heard over and over and introduces you to some that you may have passed over.
Another kids Bible, but I think perfect for any age person who learns by doing. It’s a great Bible to read and study and do with kids.
This is my pick for people new to digging a little deeper into scripture. There’s no dumbing down in the commentaries and notes, but the language used is more accessible and less I-went-to-seminary theological.
I would stay away from any Bible that claims to be gender specific–a “Men’s Bible” or a Bible for Her.” They tend to perpetuate gender stereotypes and encourage antiquated gender roles.