New International Version (NIV)

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Gospel of John - A Contemporary Translation - 1969

A Contemporary Translation (ACT) was the preliminary name for what eventually became the New International Version. This sample booklet was published by the New York Bible Society in 1969. In it, the Committee on Bible translations says, this is a "tentative translation embodying the principles and policies of ACT. Constructive criticism is welcomed and should be directed to the Committee on Bible Translation in care of the New York Bible Society."

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Title: The Gospel According to John A Contemporary Translation
Date: 1969
Publisher: New York Bible Society: New York, NY
Contents: John
References: Chamberlin p. 48-3, 689-7.
Images: Cover, Title page

Gospel of John - Transition Edition

This publication represents a transition between the name "A Contemporary Translation" and the "New International Version." The text is copyright 1969 which means it is the "A Contemporary Translation" listed above. Also the cover and title page design are very similar to the "A Contemporary Translation." However, the translation name is now given as "New International Version" with the words "A Contemporary Translation" given as the sub-title.

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Title:The Gospel According to John New International Version A Contemporary Translation
Date: Copyright 1969 but certainly published slightly later (The name "New York Bible Society International" was used from 1971 to 1974 (see wikipedia)
Publisher: New York Bible Society International: New York, NY
Contents: John
References: Chamberlin p. 48-3, 689-7.
Images: Cover, Title page

Gospel of John - New International Bible - 1973

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Title: The Gospel According to John The New International Bible
Date: 1973
Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers: Grand Rapids
Contents: John
References: Chamberlin p. 48-3.
Images: Cover, Title page
Comments: Taliaferro's Encyclopedia of English Language Bible Versions does not mention the Gospel of John that was published in 1973.

Acts - 1973

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Title: Acts The New International Version of the New Testament
Date: 1973
Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers: Grand Rapids
Contents: Acts
References: Chamberlin see 48-3, Taliaferro-EELBV 8155.090
Images: Cover, Title page

New Testament - 1973

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Title: The Holy Bible New International Version The New Testament
Date: 1973
Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers: Grand Rapids
Contents: New Testament
References: Chamberlin p. 48-3, Taliaferro-EELBV 8155.100
Images: Cover, Title page

Old Testament Portions - 1975-1977

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Title: The Book of Isaiah from the New International Version
Date: 1975
Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers: Grand Rapids
Contents: Isaiah
References: Chamberlin p. 48-3, Taliaferro-EELBV 8155.102
Images: Cover, Title page

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Title: The Book of Daniel From the New International Version
Date: 1976
Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers: Grand Rapids
Contents: Daniel
References: Chamberlin p. 48-3, Taliaferro-EELBV 8155.104
Images: Cover, Title page

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Title: Proverbs and Eclesiastes From the New International Version
Date: 1977
Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers: Grand Rapids
Contents: Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
References: Chamberlin p. 48-3, Taliaferro-EELBV 8155.106
Images: Cover, Title page

Complete Bible - 1978

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Title: The Holy Bible New International Version Containing The Old Testament and The New Testament
Date: 1978
Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers: Grand Rapids
Contents: Bible
References: Chamberlin p. 48-3, Taliaferro-EELBV 8155.110
Images: Title page

Gideon Edition - 1983

The editions distributed by The Gideons had the following changes:

1. Footnotes were removed.

2. Some alternate readings in the footnotes were incorporated into the text (John 1:14, 18, 3:16, 18; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5, 5:5; 1 John 4:9).

3. Verses which were found only in the footnotes in the original NIV were incorporated into the Gideons text (Matthew 17:21, 18:11, 23:14; Mark 7:16, 9:44, 9:46, 11:26, 15:28; Luke 17:36, 23:17; John 5:4; Acts 8:37, 15:34, 28:29; Romans 16:24).

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Title: The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with Psalms and Proverbs New International Edition The Gideons International 1983 Edition
Date: 1983
Publisher: (no publisher indicated)
Contents: New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs
References: Chamberlin see p. 48-3, Taliaferro-EELBV see 8155, Bradford Taliaferro's The Bible Hunter blog, October 26, 2013.
Images: Cover, Title page

British Gideons' Edition - 2012

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Title: The New Testament and Psalms ◆ New International Version
Date: This edition 2012 - 05/ 12. © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society
Publisher: Lutterworth/ Leic., England (U.K.): The Gideons International / In the British Isles.
Printer: Edinburgh, Scotland (U.K.): Charles Letts & Co.
Contents: The New Testament and Psalms. Appendixes: Where to Find Help (7 pp); What the Bible says about (2 pp); About the Bible (8 pp); The best known verse; The Commandments; Praying; When feeling the need to pray; Thirty days selected readings; Daily readings; Suggested readings from the Psalms; About the Gideons; The Gideon Story.
References: Bradford Taliaferro's The Bible Hunter blog, October 26, 2013.
Images: Cover, Title page, Title & Publication Information
Location: Collection Bibelarchiv–Birnbaum. Karlsruhe/ Baden, Germany
Comments:FlexCover 12mo; sewn binding. 766 pp. British spelling. »N. I. V. text used by agreement with Hodder and Stoughton.«
Scripture text in single column and bold print, which is way better to read than the eye- inflaming print in the NIE (above); all poetic parts, Psalms etc. in ciolometric print; no extras except paragraph headings. Appendixes start with page 2; Scripture text with p. 52.
In the "Acknowledgements" we read: " The followin changes [are] incorporated in this special edition:
"1. The omission of the footnotes in both the Old and New Testaments (which formed an integral part of the original translation).

2. The incorporation into the text in the following instances of certain alternative readings which formed part of the footnotes in the original translation: John 1.14, 18; John 3:16, 18; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5; Hebrews 5:5 and 1 John 4:9.

3. The incorporation into the text of the New Testament of certain verses which formed part of the footnotes in the original translation. These verses have been placed in corner brackets." [Just to name a few: Mat. 6:13b and the "comma Iohanneum" 1 John 5:7, to incorporate readings that are borrowed from the Majority text.]

Birnbaum's remark: Not clear is since when Gideons in Britain had the "special NIV" printed. This 2012 edition was edited after (!) the publication of the 2011 update of the NIV. Other than in the U.S. predecessor NIE, the British Gideons have clearly pointed out, that there are a textual differences between the standard NIV and their "modification".

Complete Bible - Revised 1984

Gospel of John - 1984?

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Title: The Gospel of John from the Holy Bible New International Version
Date: Undated (The text has a 1984 copyright date)
Publisher: The Pocket Testament League: Lititz, PA
Contents: Gospel of John
Facsimile: A facsimile is available on the Pocket Testament League website.
Images: Cover, Title page, Introduction, Back cover
Location: Personal library, Havelock, North Carolina, USA
Comments: This is a large print edition.

Witness edition - 1986

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Title: The Holy Bible New International Version Containing The Old Testament and The New Testament
Date: 1984
Publisher: Zondervan: Grand Rapids, Michigan USA
Contents: Bible
References: Taliaferro-EELBV 8155.120
Images: Cover, Back cover, Title page
Comments: This copy is of the Witness edition published in 1986.

Recovery Devotional Bible - 1993

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Title: Recovery Devotional Bible New International Version
Date: 1993
Publisher: Zondervan: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Contents: Complete Bible
References: Taliaferro-EELBV see 8155.120.
Images: Front cover, Title page, Back cover
Location: Marine Warrior Library, Cherry Point, North Carolina, USA
Comments: The Recovery Devotional Bible has helps and other resources based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Electronic edition - 2002-2007

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Title: Holy Bible New International Version
Date: 2002-2007
Device Model Number: NIV-570
Publisher: Franklin Electronic Publishers: Burlington, NJ
Contents: Bible
Images: Cover, Manual title page, Instructions, Screen and keyboard
Comments: The New International version is preloaded on the device; a user can look up verses and search for words. The Holman Bible Dictionary lets the user lookup and search for words in the Bible texts and the dictionary itself. As of November 2016, this product is no longer available from Franklin. A device with the KJV and a Bible dictionary was also released; more details on that device can be found here.

Chunky Bible - 2010

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Title: New International Edition Holy Bible Chunky™ edition
Date: 2010
Publisher: Zondervan: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Contents: Complete Bible
References: Taliaferro-EELBV 8155.120.
Images: Spine, Front Cover, Top panel, Front panel, Left side panel, Back panel, Right side panel, Bottom panel, Title page, Back cover
Location: Personal library, Havelock, North Carolina, USA
Comments: The Chunky Bible has detachable notes; besides orange the Bible was available in blue, green, and pink. The NIV is called the New International Edition on the title page. A website for the Chunky Bible was located at http://www.chunkybible.com; the page now redirects to Zondervan's website. Archive.org has the site archived here. A Youtube video introducing the Chunky Bible can be found here.

The front, right side and bottom panels of the Chunky Bible box.

New International Version - Inclusive Language Edition

New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs - 1995

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Title: The Holy Bible New International Version Inclusive Language Edition The New Testament Psalms and Proverbs
Date: 1995
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton: London
Contents: New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs
References: Taliaferro-EELBV see 8475.
Images: Cover, Front flap, Back flap, Title page, Back cover
Location: Personal library, Havelock, North Carolina, USA

Complete Bible - 1996

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Title: The Holy Bible New International Version Inclusive Language Edition
Date: 1996
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton: London
Contents: Bible
References: Taliaferro CN00057, Taliaferro-EELBV 8475.
Images: Jacket with Inclusive Language overlay, Jacket, Title page

Complete Bible - Revised 2011

Updated NIV Released - The Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) is the body of scholars with responsibility for overseeing the text of the New International Version of the Bible. They have released an update to the New International Version that is available on-line at their web-site. Printed editions are now available in many different formats and bindings.

The 2011 edition title page does not indicate that it is the updated edition. The surest way to distinguish the 2011 edition from the previous editions is to check the copyright page.

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Title: New International Version Holy Bible
Date: 2011
Publisher: Zondervan Bible Publishers: Grand Rapids
Contents: Bible
References: Taliaferro-EELBV 9535.110
Images: Cover, Title page

Portions - Revised 2011 edition

Proverbs - 2011

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Title: NIV Once-a-Day 31 Days of Wisdom
Date: 2011
Publisher: Zondervan: Grand Rapids, MI
ISBN: 9780310440901
Contents: Proverbs
References: Taliaferro-EELBV see 9535.
Images: Cover, Title
Comments: This edition contains notes written by Walk Thru the Bible. This is the Apple iBooks edition; iBooks is available for the Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

John - 2011

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Title: The NIV Gospel of John
Date: 2011
Publisher: Zondervan: Grand Rapids
ISBN: 9780310441489
Contents: Gospel of John
References: Taliaferro-EELBV see 9535.
Images: Cover, Title
Comments: Besides the text, there are notes that cover "every subject connected with the theme of salvation". This is the Apple iBooks edition; iBooks is available for the Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.


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