This product brings together two highliy sought Functional Bible Translations together to enhance your study of the Scriptures: The New Internation Version (NIV) and the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). Functional (also known as “thought-for-thought” or “dynamic”) Bible translations try to reproduce the original text using more modern language to communicate the broader meaning of the text. These prioritize readability, and though they provide an easy-to-read version of Scripture (and thus tend to be easier to understand), they do this by occasionally being a bit freer to interpret than formal translations are.
The NIV Bible has become the best-selling English version of the Bible since the King James Version. The NIV Bible follows the principle of "dynamic equivalence" to ensure crystal clear understandable English and is the most readable English Bible ever produced. This translation results from the work of more than 100 scholars from six English-speaking countries, working for more than ten years to produce one of the best-selling English Bibles. This 2011 version is the most up-to-date NIV translation yet.
The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.
Using multiple translations while you study will give you a well-rounded understanding of the text at hand. Though it’s good to have a primary version for memorization and meditation, reading from different translations demonstrates sound scholarship and can help you better understand a passage by seeing what the biblical author meant in new ways.
The goal of every Bible translation is to balance faithfulness to the wording of the original language with readability in everyday English. Typically, each translation will lean more toward faithfulness to the wording or readability.