A few days back I decided to do commit to using one Bible edition for one year. I provided a poll for you, my faithful readers, to help me in this process by choosing between three editions that I would be happy to use exclusively for 2015. So, with your consultation, I have decided to follow your recommendation. The winner of the poll, by one vote, is the 1991 New Oxford Annotated Bible NRSV.
This may be a crazy idea, but it is something that I have wanted to do for a long time. I am quite comfortable with the NRSV, and as the years have gone by, and through my own personal prayer and teaching, I currently prefer it to the other translations. It is by no means perfect, but it has a lot of advantages to it, which I will talk about at a later time. I also believe that this NOAB (1991) is the high water mark of all the Oxford study Bibles. It maintains the fine, concise annotations that are found in the RSV edition, with some slight additions and updates to it, while providing generous margins for personal annotations. The type is also very clear and easy to read, which makes it helpful to teach from. It is also not as heavy as the later NOAB's.
Now, I have added one, well maybe two (or three) caveats to this venture. I pray the Liturgy of the Hours each day, so I can't get around using the translation provided in the official version. Secondly, as you can see on the photo, I am going to use the HarperOne Compact Thinline NRSV w/ Apocrypha for times when I cannot bring the bigger NOAB with me. This will not happen all the time, of course, but I can't see myself bringing the NOAB to a prayer group meeting. So consider this a kind of tag-team effort, when necessary. Finally, and this would be exceptional if it were to happen, if Allan's were to produce an amazing NRSV (Catholic or w/ Apocrypha) this year then I may have to suspend this experiment. I am sorry, I am just a weak man. However, I don't anticipate this so I doubt that this will be an issue.
With all that said, I want to assure you that I will still be doing Bible reviews in 2015. I simply will not be using those Bibles for everyday use.
Last but not least, I know that a number of other people will be joining me in this Bible crusade. Along with my occasional posts concerning my experiences, some have been willing to do guest posts as well. If those people could simply, once more, comment below with which Bible they will be sticking with for 2015, I would be grateful.
Many blessing to all of you and Happy New Year!