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NIV, The Sola Scriptura Bible Project: The Complete Collection, Cloth over Board, Navy/Tan

Rediscover the Holy Art of Reading
Format: Hardcover

Availability: In stock

Quick Overview:

In the same spirit of Bible reading in the early church, the NIV Sola Scriptura Bible Project removes chapter and verse numbers, red letters, and cross references found in modern Bibles. The Old Testament is arranged according to traditional Hebrew ordering, and the New Testament is reorganized, placing each of the four Gospels as sectional heads.

Sola Scriptura, the foundation of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, was a call to return to the roots of our faith by embracing Scripture alone as our highest authority. The NIV Sola Scriptura Bible Project shares that vision and invites you back to read the living Word in its most ancient arrangement.

The Old Testament is ordered according to the traditional shaping of the Hebrew Scriptures: the Torah, the Former and Latter Prophets, and the Writings. The New Testament is reorganized by placing each of the four Gospels at the head of four groupings that together bear witness to the central story of Jesus.

In the same spirit of recalling the distraction-free reading of the early church, the NIV Sola Scriptura Bible Project removes chapter and verse numbers, red letters, and cross references present in most modern Bibles.


  • Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV), the world's best-selling modern English Bible translation
  • Complete 4-Volume set includes The Torah and Former Prophets, The Latter Prophets, The Writings, and The New Testament
  • Chapter and verse numbers, footnotes, subject headings, and other additional materials have been removed from text
  • The books are presented according to what scholarship has determined is their natural internal divisions
  • Individual books that later tradition divided into two or more parts are put back together again
  • The books are arranged in an order that helps you better understand the Bible flow
  • Ribbon marker in each book
  • 2-color interior
  • Thick, high-quality paper
  • The Bible text is presented in an elegant 10.3 type size
10.3-point type size
UPC 025986448127
ISBN-10 0310448123
ISBN-13 9780310448129
Release Date Oct 24, 2017
Weight (lbs) 8.5500
Height 9.20
Width 6.00
Length 2032
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $99.99
Bible Translation New International Version (NIV)
Format Hardcover
Specific Color Navy/Caramel
Features Ribbon Marker
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jordan
Overall Rating
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook Bloggers/Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an honest review.]

I have to admit, I have been somewhat converted over to the side of the “Reader’s Bible.” To be fair, I have never been against the Reader’s Bible, not in the least. But after owning one or two in the past and recently reviewing one here I came to the loose conclusion that the experience someone gets from a Reader’s Bible isn’t all that different from what they would experience while reading a more “traditional” Bible, or it wasn’t for me. While I still don’t disagree with that assessment, Trevin Wax has helped me to see a bit more of the appeal and benefit of the Reader’s Bible in his recent blog post, Why I Love Reader’s Bibles. I’ll be using some of his thinking as I review Zondervan’s latest edition of the Reader’s Bible, the NIV Sola Scriptura Bible Project.

I’m going to start with the final point that Wax makes in his blog post regarding beauty and elegance. The Sola Scriptura Bible Project is a stunningly beautiful Bible – from the case that this four-volume set arrived in, to the exterior of each volume, the presentation of the text itself, and the quality with which these volumes were crafted. This is a beautiful and elegant Bible and has become a proud addition to my bookshelves. Secondly, as Wax mentions, the Reader’s Bible “helps us encounter the Bible as literature.” The inference here is that the way our Bibles have been historically crafted and presented to us can suggest that the Bible functions primarily as a reference book or a textbook and can be used as such, much like an encyclopedia. But this isn’t actually how the Bible was written. It isn’t an encyclopedia, it’s a divinely-inspired literary masterpiece meant to be read as such. The NIV Sola Scriptura Bible Project presents the Bible in this way, stripping away cross-references, commentary, verses, and book introductions and gives the reader an opportunity to read the Bible as a story without the features that may tend to inhibit this sort of reading. Finally, Wax argues that though verse and chapter numbers have proven to be immensely helpful for us as we navigate the Scriptures, there can be a downside to these features as well; namely, distraction.

I will say, there are some unique features found within this Bible set, such as how the volumes are grouped together (The Torah and Former Prophets, The Latter Prophets, The Writings, and The New Testament), Psalms 42 and 43 are presented as one psalm (maybe there are others like this), and the reorganization of the New Testament. I have no commentary on whether these decisions were good or bad, right or wrong, in fact, some of these features, such as the Psalm 42-43 example, are “marketed” as “what scholarship has determined is their natural internal divisions.” My only comment is that the decision to make these changes provide the reader with a truly unique experience with the text.

I’m pleased with this Bible. It is truly beautiful, and it absolutely enables the reader to encounter the story of Scripture without distractions. (Posted on 11/16/2017)
Review by Teresa
Overall Rating
The printing job on the four books is absolutely beautiful, and I feel such deep appreciation that I was sent this version of the Bible for free in return for an honest review. I have this version of the scriptures setting on top of my bookshelf, and the four hardcover cloth books look wonderful decoratively -- but they won't just be a decoration. These will serve as a reading experience for the NIV scriptures. Today, I sat down and read the first 42 pages of the Torah volume. It is pretty neat to read Genesis without numbers or cross-references getting in the way. Of course, it is important to have chapters and verses listed in your regular Bible so that the scriptures can be studied and referenced more easily, but the reading experience with NIV Sola Scriptura is excellent. Obviously, the original writers of the scriptures did not put chapter and verse numbers in their texts. "The present system of chapter divisions was devised in the thirteenth century, and our present verse divisions weren't added until the sixteenth," the preface explains. As a person who loves to read, I am completely on board with this version of the Bible. I think it is an incredible idea, and I'm glad to own and read the Bible this way. This might even help me finally read the entire Bible from cover to cover, as I have wanted to do for a long time. I love it when Christians think outside the box and still stay true to God's original message. (Posted on 11/1/2017)

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