Christian Post: NIV More Popular Than KJV, NLT Bibles; 11 Million Copies Sold Worldwide

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I’m not a fan of the NIV, but still interesting.

From: The Christian Post

The New International Version remains the bestselling Bible translation, outranking the King James Version and the New Living Translation in both dollar and unit sales, according to the latest best seller’s report from the Association for Christian Retail. Meanwhile, NIV publisher Zondervan reports that more than 11 million digital and print copies of the Bible translation have been sold worldwide.

The best seller’s April 2013 list from the Association for Christian Retail, commonly referred to as the CBA, ranks the NIV, KJV and the NLT as the three leaders, respectively, among the 10 ranked predominantly English Bible translations. Only one non-English translation appears on the list – the American Bible Society’s Reina Valera 1960, a popular Spanish Bible.

Standout among the list, however, is the NIV, which has more than 450 million copies in print. The NIV, reportedly the first major translation to depart from the traditional KJV, debuted almost 35 years ago and has become the most read modern English Bible translation, according to Zondervan, one of the leading Christian publishers.

Tara Powers, spokesperson for Zondervan, told The Christian Post Tuesday that she believes the NIV has been so popular among readers due to is readability and because it stays true to the meaning of the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic texts.

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Fox News: North Korea Vows Nuclear Attack on US, Saying Washington Will be ‘Engulfed in a sea of Fire’

North Korea amplified its threatening rhetoric as the U.N. Security Council approved new sweeping sanctions, vowing to launch a first-strike nuclear attack against the United States and threatening to engulf Washington in a “sea of fire.”

An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.

At a mass rally in Pyongyang on Thursday, Army Gen. Kang Pyo Yong told the crowd that North Korea is ready to fire long-range nuclear-armed missiles at Washington.

“Intercontinental ballistic missiles and various other missiles, which have already set their striking targets, are now armed with lighter, smaller and diversified nuclear warheads and are placed on a standby status,” Kang said. “When we shell (the missiles), Washington, which is the stronghold of evils, …. will be engulfed in a sea of fire.”

Top U.S. envoy for North Korea policy Glyn Davies called on Pyongyang not to miscalculate and said the U.S. is working with South Korea to ensure it’s ready should any threats arise.

Read more here.

The Bible on History Channel Begins Tomorrow

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I’m sure you have heard by now about the History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries beginning tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to seeing the series, but have heard mixed reviews of how good it’s supposed to be. And I’ve heard that the filmmakers have taken many liberties with the storytelling.

I hope this isn’t the case and this film can be used as a great tool to spread the gospel.

I guess we will see tomorrow.

For more info on “The Bible” miniseries click here.