The NET Pastor’s Bible Pack
This is my kind of Bible. First, it’s a new translation, where, in addition to the usual concerns for accuracy and readability, they also paid attention to the writing styles of different authors, instead of merely fixing their vocabulary at a particular reading level. Second, in an attempt to provide the greatest level of transparency in the translation, they’ve included 60,000 translator’s notes. You can see exactly what choices were made, and why. Third, there’s a reason why they chose the acronym NET, since this is the first bible (they claim) to fully use the electronic translation resources now available. All the research and collaboration was done on-line, and in that spirit, they’ve waived nearly all copyright considerations: you may distribute the NET bible, without cost, in any form that you like, provided you don’t charge for it. The whole thing can be downloaded free off their web site.
However, if you want a nice print copy, with all 60,000 footnotes, like I do, apparently the only place you can get is directly from the manufacturer. So, anyway, I know what I want: There’s a nice “Pastor’s Bible Pack” that has the complete first edition, with all 60,000 notes, a reader’s edition, which only has 7,000 or so notes, and a diglot New Testament edition, with Greek on one page and English on the other. All in all: Yum!