for young readers
A New Testament featuring the newly-released New
Reader's Version Bible text, provides
easy-to-read- and-understand copy for young readers. Bright
Beginnings - My Journey with God, also features beautifully
crafted computer-generated illustrations created by IBS designer,
Developed to provide young and new-English readers
with an easy-to-understand Bible, the NIrV was four years
in production. It was released in late 1996.
Beginning with the eighth grade reading level text
of the New International Version, the NIrV
simplifies the Bible to a third grade reading level. "The
potential for this new version is immense," said Dr. Eugene
Rubingh, vice president for translations, "especially in the
non-western world." Rubingh managed the team of nearly 40 Bible
scholars and literacy experts to create the NIrV.
Working from Greek and Hebrew sources, as well as
the NIV text, translators revised the text
thought-for-thought - instead of word-for-word - resulting in
shorter sentences and simpler grammar for ease in comprehension.
While using simpler language and grammar, the
NIrV retains the flavor and rhythmic phrasing of the
NIV. In this way, readers can make a smoother transition in
Bible reading when they move on to the NIV or another
version, Rubingh explained.
In addition to the children's New Testament,
Bright Beginnings, the NIrV text has been used with
Free On The Inside, a study Bible for prisoners; and The
Jesus Way, a New Testament for Native Americans.