A guide to buying a Bible: 5 things you should consider

With the many choices that you are obligated to make in life, you would at least hope that when buying a Bible, it would be a simple pick and go [...]

With the many choices that you are obligated to make in life, you would at least hope that when buying a Bible, it would be a simple pick and go exercise right? Sadly that is not the case. Each Bible is tailored to fit the readers’ preferences.

For you to constantly read the Bible, you need one that you would enjoy reading considering the language used and the size of text among other things. The question lingering in your mind would be “So what is the right Bible for me?” Here is how to find it.

  1. Version

King James Version

You have heard about different versions of the Bible, this refers to how the Bible was translated from the original documents which were in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic to English. There are versions which were translated word for word which are a bit more complex to read like the King James Version. If you are a reader who appreciates complexity then this Bible is for you.

Other versions are translated to convey what was meant in the writings without necessarily translating every word like the New International Version and others are paraphrased to make it simple for readers to understand the word like the Revised Standard Version. These two are for readers who prefer information communicated in a simplified manner.

  1. Size of Print

Large and Small text Bibles

This refers to the size of the text in the Bible. You have two options here. Large print and normal print. The large print Bible contains large size of text which is easier to read.  This would be best for people with eyesight problems or just those who like their text large. Keep in mind that large text also means a large Bible. The normal print would be recommended for those who do not mind reading small size text.

  1. Bible cover


Leather cover Bible                       Paperback Bible                           Hardback Bible

Well your Bible will require maintenance, which is why you have to take keen note of the Bible Cover you select. You need to choose one you can maintain.

You could pick the hardback Bible which is hardcore and can withstand different storage styles but can still be damaged by sharp objects and liquids spilled on it. The paperback cover on the other hand is best for the more careful reader since it is more susceptible to fold and tear. Both of these come at pocket friendly prices.

Another cover available is the zip cover which protects the edges of the Bible from dirt or damage. This can be used by all people since it offers a different level of protection. Other Bibles like the children’s Bibles have handles to allow them carry the Bibles easily.

Also available is the imitation leather cover which has a leather-like feel and is durable. This is slightly more expensive than the ones mentioned above. The last one is Leather which is the most durable option with a higher price compared to the rest.

Aside from the material of the cover, you also have the liberty to pick the color that best fits your personality. If you are outgoing you might love the bright colors and for the reserved people safe colors are also available.

  1. Language


Kiembu  Bible                          Luo Bible

Well, the language may seem obvious but we have variations in this too.

Kenya is a diverse country with about 60 language groups including English and Kiswahili. English and Kiswahili languages are spoken mostly by the urban majority.

The Bible is available in both languages. You could pick English or Swahili depending on the language you are more comfortable with. You also have the option of getting both but do not feel exhausted at the thought of buying both Bibles.

Luckily for you there is the English-Swahili Bible which is a two in one option that comes in handy if you want both. So you do not have to fumble with two Bibles when you want to make a cross reference. Isn’t that amazing?

Choosing the local language Bible depends on the local language you speak. There are varieties of vernacular Bibles that you can chose from; Kalenjin, Nandi, Logooli, Gikuyu, Kikamba, Dholuo, Kimiiru, Kalenjin, Oluluyia, Somali, Ekegusii, Maasai, Borana, Kidawida, Lunyore, Turkana, Gikuyu, Bukusu, Logooli, Pokot, Kimeru, Kikamba and Kiembu-Kimbeere.

So if you had no idea that there was a Bible translated to your language, now you know. Feel free to get a copy and feel at home with the scriptures.

  1. Audio Bible

Audio Bible

This Bible contains recordings of every book, chapter and verse in the written Bible. It is best for people who are unable to read and write; those who have a busy lifestyle or those who have a preference for alternative ways of getting information other than reading. Here you can listen to the recorded scripture anywhere you go.

You can store it on your mobile phone (which you have with you all the time) or get the proclaimer, which is like a radio device with the Bible recordings in it. This way the word of God is delivered to you in a simplified manner. The audio Bible is available in English, Kiswahili, Ololuyia, Lukakamega, Lutirichi, Maasai, Luo, Gikuyu, Kiembu, Kimeru, Kikamba, Borana and Somali languages.

With these tips hopefully choosing a Bible will not be too hard for you.

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