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Zondervan introduces a distraction-free Bible
reading experience with books of the Bible arranged
in an ancient and traditional way

Rediscover the Holy Art of Reading with The NIV Sola Scriptura Bible Project

Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 20, 2017 — Sola scriptura (Latin for “by Scripture alone”), 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 us 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 and Former Prophets, The 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.

This project uses the New International Version (NIV), which is the most widely read Bible translation in contemporary English and is trusted for its combination of accuracy, readability, and beauty.

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 that are present in most modern Bibles. It combines thick, high-quality paper, a ribbon marker in each volume, beautiful full-color end sheets, two-color interior, and an elegant 10.3 type size for a reading experience to savor.

“This special project harkens back to the core principle of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago—embracing Scripture alone as our highest authority,” said Melinda Bouma, associate publisher, Zondervan Bible Group. “By eliminating elements that can get in the way of simply reading the Bible text, such as chapter and verse numbers, footnotes, cross references, study notes, and red letters, this special edition of the NIV translation promotes digging into Scripture by simply reading God’s Word. No distractions, just the Scripture text alone.”

“And at this phenomenal price point,” Bouma added, “this is the most accessible high-end, multi-volume Bible available today.”

The complete four-volume set retails for $99.99 and goes on sale October 24, 2017. To learn more, visit

The New International Version (NIV) is the world’s bestselling modern-English Bible translation—accurate, readable, and clear, yet rich with the detail found in the original languages. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research in order to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica, a nonprofit ministry organization, translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world. To learn more, visit

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For additional information, please visit

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