Course 2: Bible Types


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  • Course 2: Bible Types

    1. 1. Practical Tips for Helping Customers Choose the Right Bible Type Course 2: Bible Types
    2. 2. Our goal in this course is to help you better understand Bible types available In the following course, you will learn more about: 1. Why choosing a Bible is confusing for consumers 2. 2 questions to ask to help the consumer 3. Introduction to 4 different Bible types ① Text ② Study ③ Devotional ④ Specialty 4. Understanding the differences of each Bible type
    3. 3.  Why choosing a Bible can be a very confusing process.  Most customers don’t understand the breadth of Bible types available when shopping for a Bible.  This is the most likely reason that 50% of Bible customers walk away from their first visit without purchasing a Bible.  In order to approach your customers confidently, you need to understand the different types of Bibles available and the differences between them. Choosing Can Be Confusing Remember: Knowledge is the Key to Helping Customers Find the Right Bible!
    4. 4. By asking these simple questions, you can help guide customers towards the perfect Bible for his or her needs! 1. Who are you buying for? and 2. How do you intend for the Bible to be used? The 2 Key Questions * In the next course we will cover more specifically HOW to approach customers, and pair them with a Bible that best fits their needs, but want to expose you now to these 2 questions to help you begin to understand how to effectively lead a customer to a Bible that fits their needs.
    5. 5.  Questions provide a roadmap to successful customer service in the Bible Department!  Understanding who the Bible is for will:  Help you begin to narrow the many options  Give you a first point of entry for engaging the customer  Help you get to know them and what they are looking for  Bibles are available for all “Ages & Stages”  This means you can buy a bible specifically for an infant (presentation Bible) or an elderly person (who might need a super giant print Bible!), and many, many options in between.  The answer to this first question will help you begin to assess how much the customer knows about the decision they are getting ready to face. Question 1 – Who is the Bible For?
    6. 6.  Understanding how the Bible will be used will:  Lead you into the details of the choices  Each question you ask will move you from a general to more specific understanding of their needs  You may need to prompt them with a more specific question to help you narrow the choices  Customers will appreciate your thoughtful approach to meet their needs Question 2 – How do you intend for the Bible to be used?
    7. 7. There are primarily 4 different types of Bibles that you need to be aware of: 1. Text Bibles 2. Study Bibles 3. Devotional Bibles 4. Specialty Bibles The 4 Main Bible Types
    8. 8. Text Bibles are primarily scripture* and may include: • Reference Bibles (scriptures that link to other passages) • Compact Bibles • Thinline Bibles • Large Print Bibles • Giant Print Bibles, etc… What do all these have in common? • There is no additional content included within the text of the Bible page! Text Bibles * Grey Area: There may be some Bibles that include additional features/study content in the front or back of the Bible (i.e. a “plan of salvation.” The type & amount of content included will determine if a Bible is still considered text or not.
    9. 9. What is the goal of a Study Bible? • To provide study material that allows the reader to dig-in and study the scripture, to gain greater insight and understanding from the text itself. A Study Bible includes information to support the studying of scripture, such as: • Front and/or back matter helps • Annotations • Scripture by scripture commentary • Enhanced charts or maps • In-text articles • And many other types of supplemental material Study Bibles
    10. 10. Study Bibles can come in all shapes & sizes, and… • Include different formats • Be personality driven (w/notes from a specific pastor or author such as John MacArthur or Scofield Study) • Concept Driven (focused on specific topics like the Archaeological Study Bible or the Apologetics Study Bible) • Have broad appeal & be focused more on scripture itself (NIV Study Bible or the Life Application Study Bible) Understanding the differences and strengths of each study Bible can be a bit daunting! There are so many to choose from, and some features may sound similar, but could actually be quite different. Study Bibles (continued)
    11. 11. So what is the best way to become more familiar with the differences in Study Bibles? Follow these 3 simple steps: 1. Try reading through the summary on the back of the Bible, and familiarizing yourself with the features that the publisher feels are most important. 2. It’s great practice when reviewing a new Bible to read through the introduction to the Bible. • Usually this is placed in the front few pages of the Bible after the table of contents • This introduction will provide a more in-depth understanding of the features that are included in each Bible • It will also explain what each of the features sets included is trying to accomplish 3. Find similar passages to compare from Bible to Bible. • Open up different Bibles side-by-side and find examples of each feature • Determine for yourself how well the Bible accomplishes what it set out to do, and how that compares to other Bibles. Study Bibles (continued)
    12. 12. A Devotional Bible has built in plans and/or content to encourage reading of the Bible on a consistent basis. Some options are: • Daily reading Bibles where the Bible is set up in a format that organizes the scripture in chunks that allow for similar readings each day throughout the plan. (like the One Year Bible or Once A Day Bibles) • Author written devotionals placed within the text that support the Bible text around it. • Audience specific (like for children, teens, or women to name just a few) • Themed (like writings from classic authors or devotions for those in recovery) Devotional Bibles
    13. 13. Specialty Bibles tend to be a broad and comprehensive category! • Depending on how a Bible Department is organized, many Bibles within this category could fall within other categories as well. • When we refer to specialty Bibles we could be referring to Bibles with special themed content that could fall in-between study Bible and devotional Bible or could refer to special formatting. • The differences between each “specialty Bible” may be vast, so the best way to understand this category is for us to list different types of Bibles that could fall within this category and then define them. • Special Content/Themed • Special Format • Special Purpose Specialty Bibles
    14. 14. The 3 Categories of Specialty Bibles are: 1. Special Content/Themed • An example of this might be The Celebrate Recovery Bible, where the content included in the Scripture is really as much about the issues a reader might be facing, and what the Scripture says about that issue. 2. Special Format • Wide Margin – Text itself is formatted in a way that provides space for making notes in the margins. • Single Column – One column of text opposed to the more traditional 2 columns. • Parallel Bibles – Text would include multiple columns that would place translations side-by-side for easy comparison of translation differences • Audio Bibles – The Bible text delivered in an audio format that is read and can be purchased on CD, MP3, or other audio formats • Electronic Bibles – Electronic device sold that includes the scripture on it. • Software – Bible text and content that can be purchased for a computer Specialty Bibles (continued)
    15. 15. 3. Special Purpose (Not full text) • This typically would include Bibles produced to deliver the Bible text in an untraditional way that would lead to greater Bible engagement. Examples: • The Story (created as a condensed version of the Bible to give you a greater understanding of the over-arching story of the Bible) • Graphic Novels (created to visually represent specific portions of the Bible with quality) • Children’s Storybook Bible (Condensed or simplified scripture, usually illustrated, allowing the Scripture to be engaged by children) Specialty Bible variations can be numerous, however, many times the feature being requested is a bit obvious by the name (single column, wide margin, black letter, etc). So, the different variations can be learned quite easily. For more on this, refer to our glossary of terms! Specialty Bibles (continued)
    16. 16. Conclusion • Don’t be intimidated by the breadth of choices available. • The more you use them the more familiar you will become, and the easier it will be to point to a specific Bible when customers come looking for them. • However, until you are fully comfortable, don’t be afraid to join the journey of finding the right Bible for your customer. • Knowing where to look (on the packaging or in the Bible) to identify the features of each is half the battle. • Then find a few Bibles, and do side-by-side comparisons until your customer begins to identify what features are appealing. * This is an important decision for each customer that comes through the door, and by showing interest in them and their needs, and then joining them in their journey, you will most definitely help ease some of the surprise of how many choices are available to them.
    17. 17. * Key Points to Remember • Choosing can be confusing • Ask these 2 questions to help guide the customer: 1. Who is the Bible for? 2. What is the intended purpose for the Bible? • There are 4 Bible Types 1. Text Bibles - no additional content included within the text of the Bible page 2. Study Bibles - provides study material that allows the reader to dig-in and study the scripture, to gain greater insight and understanding from the text itself 3. Devotional Bibles – Helps readers engage in the scripture consistently. 4. Specialty Bibles – This variation contains many options – such as special themes, special formats or special purposes
    18. 18. Download Samplers: Please see the “files*” section of this training to download a samplers of the following: • NIV Notetaker’s Bible – text/reference sampler • NIV Study Bible – study Bible sampler • NIV Celebrate Recovery Bible – Devotional/Specialty Sampler • NIV Women’s Devotional Bible – Devotional Sampler • Parallel Bible – Specialty Sampler • The Story – Specialty Sampler *files are in the upper right corner of the Course 2 training screen