The bible is the most important book ever written – a gift to us from God, himself. Styles and tastes change, but people all through history have recognised the Bible's uniqueness. They have treated it with special reverence.
Yet, strangely, even people who value the Bible often fail to read it. Most Britons believe the Bible to be from God. But Gallup polls reveal that only a small percentage of them can name basic biblical fats, such as four of the ten commandments. Their Bibles sit somewhere on a shelf or coffee table, impressive to look at, but unread.
Christians we meet mention repeatedly their guilt about not reading the Bible consistently. They believe in the Bible. They expect to find help there. But they do not read the Bible nearly as often as they think they should.
Troubled by this reality, we began work on The Student Bible. Our aim: to produce an edition of the New International Version of the Bible that ordinary people could – and would – read on a regular, sustained basis. We used modern research techniques to try to find an answer to the question, “What keeps you from reading the Bible?” We discovered three main reasons. In developing this edition of the Bible, we worked hard to address those three reasons….