Anglicised NIV 2011: the secret uncovered

Last night I suggested that the Anglicised NIV 2011 was “a secret publication”. Today, I am happy to uncover more of that secret, courtesy of Claire Portal of Hodder & Stoughton. In reply to my e-mail yesterday morning, Claire wrote to me:

Dear Peter,

I am afraid we have been experiencing technical difficulties with our website for a long time now and a complete rebuild is being planned.

We will very shortly have a new website which will host all the information you could need about the new NIV edition for 2011. We are planning for this site to go live towards the end of this month.

In the meantime, I have attached some information on the new NIV translation that I hope you find useful.

Best wishes

NIV 2011 trade mailing presenter p1The attached information is a trade mailing dated 24th January 2011, a four page and nearly 5 MB PDF of high resolution images. The image on the right is the first page of this presentation – click for a higher resolution version, fully legible, but not as good quality as the full presentation.

Here is most of the text of the presentation, to which I have added purchase links from – at lower prices than the recommended prices in the following text. I have also added all of these editions to the Gentle Wisdom store.

The world’s most popular Bible translation

The perfect blend of accuracy and readability, fully revised and updated for 2011

Includes the latest advances in biblical scholarship and language use

The UK’s broadest range of editions means we have the right Bible for everyone


  • The NIV Bible has been fully revised and updated for 2011.
  • The chief goal of every revision to the NIV text is to bring the translation into line both with contemporary biblical scholarship and with shifts in English idiom and usage.
  • The majority of what has changed involves comparatively minor matters of vocabulary, sentence structure and punctuation. Other changes reflect the advances in biblical scholarship over the last three decades. All of these changes aim to move the NIV from the English of 1984 to the English of 2011.

Some examples:


  • The NIV 2011 edition avoids outdated language use by replacing the 1984 edition’s ‘alien’ with the more accurate ‘foreigner’.


  • To accurately reflect the original writer’s intention to include both men and women, the NIV 2011 edition uses ‘brothers and sisters’ instead of ‘brothers’.


  • The NIV 2011 edition takes account of advances in Biblical scholarship and translates ‘kataluma’ accurately as ‘guest room’, where the 1984 edition used the word ‘inn’.


NIV Popular HB Bible 9781444701500 May 2011 Hardback £14.99

NIV Popular Burgundy HB Bible 978 1 444 70148 7 May 2011 Hardback £15.99

NIV Popular PB Bible 978 1 444 70152 4 May 2011 Paperback £11.99

NIV Popular HB Bible with Cross-References 978 1 444 70153 1 June 2011 Hardback £20

NIV Popular Cross-Reference Black Leather Bible 978 1 444 70154 8 June 2011 Leather £30

NIV Schools HB Bible 978 1 444 70155 5 June 2011 Hardback £12.99

NIV Popular Burgundy HB Bible 20 copy pack
978 1 444 70149 4 | May 2011 | Hardback | £180

NIV Popular HB Bible Pack of 20
978 1 444 70151 7 | May 2011..| Hardback | £160

NIV Schools Bible 20 Copy pack
9781444701562 | June 2011 | Hardback | £200

The NIV is the people’s Bible for 2011 just as the KJV was the people’s Bible for 1611.


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Anglicised NIV 2011: a secret publication?

According to among others, two weeks ago Hodder & Stoughton published an Anglicised edition of the NIV 2011 update:

NIV Popular Bible (Bible Niv) [Hardcover] …

Product details

  • Hardcover: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 May 2011)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 1444701487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444701487
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm

NIV Popular Bible (Bible Niv) [Hardcover]The price is £10.69, and if you buy through this link to, or through the Gentle Wisdom store, a small part of that price will come my way.

But no one seems to have told the publishers’ publicity department about this book they are publishing. There is no mention at all of this on the Hodder Faith website, even on their Popular Size Bibles genre page. And their browser page for the same genre shows no Bibles at all, which is probably because the database underlying their site has been non-operational for more than 24 hours. But Hodder Faith can’t just blame passing technical issues: I found a Google cache of their page for this Bible, dated 21st May, showing that they did intend some kind of publicity but also that this page has not been available for weeks. This morning I contacted Hodder Faith about their technical issue but have received no reply.

The NIV Bible must have been one of Hodder & Stoughton’s best selling books for more than 30 years. Sales may have been flagging in recent years, but this updated edition has the potential of re-establishing NIV’s strong market position for the next few decades. So it is very strange that Hodder Faith have not made a major event out of this release. Instead they seem to be attempting an oxymoron: a secret publication. is also taking pre-orders at a bargain price of £3.39 for a paperback NIV Anglicised Gift and Award Bible with the 2011 text, to be published on 21st July.

I haven’t seen the text of this Anglicised edition. I would expect the differences to be similar to those between the American and Anglicised editions of other recent Bibles, which I discussed in a 2007 post British and American Bible version differences at Better Bibles Blog. As NIV 2011 is quite similar to TNIV, probably the Anglicisation work is rather similar, but I hope they have avoided the mistake in the Anglicised rendering of Hebrews 4:15.

Please browse my new online store

Please have a browse through my online store, which has just gone live. I hope this will be a convenient way for you, my readers, to buy books and other items reviewed, mentioned or quoted at Gentle Wisdom. I have listed both print and Kindle editions of books, where available, in two different store categories. There is a separate category for Bibles, and one for a few other Amazon products relevant to this blog.

The store is an aStore. This means that it is most accessible to my UK readers, although products can be shipped worldwide. I will be working on a parallel store with for my North American readers. logoTo set up this store I first joined the Amazon Associates Programme. So I am now required to add the following to this site:

Gentle Wisdom is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

I was surprised how many books and other products I found mentioned here at Gentle Wisdom. I am not endorsing all of these books, not least because I have read only a few of them. Indeed I have included a few books which I fundamentally disagree with.

I have also edited many of the mentions of these books in my past posts to include direct purchase links from If you hover over the links, you should see more details about the product and its availability.

Rob Bell: I'm not a universalist

Rob BellSome words of Rob Bell:

I believe in heaven, and I believe in hell. …

I’m not a universalist, because I believe God’s love is so great God lets you decide. …

I believe it’s best to only discuss books you’ve actually read.

Taken from this YouTube video:

As I haven’t read Love Wins, I will not discuss it here.

Thanks for the video link to Phil Ritchie, who is now Team Rector of the parish whose electoral roll I have been on for more than 30 years, and is based at the church building where I was married in 2009.

The Perils of Rapture Theology

Rapture TheologyKyle Roberts and Adam Rao have written about A Teachable Moment: The Perils of Rapture Theology. Like the article I wrote about in my post The Rapture and the Spirit of the Antichrist, this is a good and timely contribution to the current debate about the Rapture. Roberts and Rao quote N.T. Wright on this subject, as I did in my own Rapture non-post-mortem post. Here are their conclusions:

American Christianity will always be infatuated by and prone to predictions about the coming end. The recent media preoccupation with the doomsday, rapture theology of a well-meaning but deeply mistaken radio broadcaster is just the latest example. Christian leaders have a responsibility to remind people that we cannot know the “day or hour” and that it is counter-productive to speculate about it. They should also emphasize, however, that Christians should not seek to escape the world, but to embrace and engage it instead.

Thanks to Eddie Arthur for the link – also for linking to one of my other posts.

Todd Bentley: From Restoration to Resurrection Power

In March I reported that Todd Bentley is coming to Dudley, England in July, to minister at Trevor Baker’s Revival Fires venue – which is very much smaller than the NEC to which Revival Fires invited Todd in 2008, before his marriage breakup. But when I wrote in March, and indeed until quite recently, this year’s visit had been announced on Todd’s website but not at the Revival Fires one. There was also no mention of it in the Revival Fires magazine Summer 2011 issue. I can’t help wondering if this was because Trevor is no longer as enthusiastic about Todd as he was in 2008.

But now, I see, this visit has been put on the Revival Fires conferences page, indeed at the top of the page as it is now their next conference. And apparently Trevor and his Revival Fires team will be ministering together with Todd, so they are not just letting him use their venue. More details are given on the page, including the conference title:

From Restoration to Resurrection Power 2011 with Todd Bentley

21 – 23 July 2011, £10 registration per person. Session times are Thu & Fri at 7.30pm and Sat at 10.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Evening meetings are open to all. Held at the ARC.

Todd BentleyCome join with us as Todd shares his process of restoration, which will be followed by resurrection power! Do you want to see the curse of sin, sickness, disease, death and poverty broken? Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1) and you can know resurrection power in every area of your life. …

This looks like being an interesting conference. I would like to hear Todd sharing about his process of restoration. It’s not far from our home, but I’m not sure if my wife and I will be free to go.

Noah's flood came from Canada – British scientists

Was Noah’s flood caused by the sudden emptying of a huge glacial lake in Canada, which led to a catastrophic rise in sea level? This was suggested in a 2007 press release from the University of Exeter here in England, quoting one of the university’s professors, with the title ‘Noah’s flood’ kick-started European farming. The same material was also published by ScienceDaily, but with a question mark added to the title.

This press release is about a proper scientific paper published in a respected journal. It must be rare for such papers to mention biblical stories. No creationist pseudo-science is in sight.

I came across this paper while researching for a discussion on Facebook about my recent post Instone-Brewer: Did Noah’s Ark actually happen? One of my friends in that discussion suggested that a flood caused by rivers would not last as long as the biblical flood is said to have lasted. In response I looked into the possibility that the flood could have been caused by a sudden rise in sea level – and found that the Exeter scientists had got there before me.

Lake AgassizThe culprit, apparently, was Lake Agassiz, a huge prehistoric body of fresh water which covered a large part of what is now Canada and a smaller part of the northern USA, centred in what is now Manitoba. This lake, according to Wikipedia, “held more water than contained by all lakes in the world today”. Its waters were dammed up by the Arctic ice sheet.

As that ice sheet gradually melted at the end of the last major ice age, on at least two occasions the water from Lake Agassiz escaped rather suddenly into the oceans. The first event, around 11,000 BC, is thought to have triggered off a thousand year mini-ice age called the Younger Dryas. Presumably this freeze caused the lake to form again. But renewed warming caused the water from Lake Agassiz and from the linked Lake Ojibway to the east to escape again around 6,400 BC. Again this led to a cold period, but not as long or severe as the Younger Dryas. Since then, it seems, the large glacial lakes have never formed again, although some remnants remain as modern lakes.

The important point concerning Noah’s flood is the rather obvious one that the release of all that water into the oceans caused a significant rise in sea levels worldwide – and one which has never been reversed. Estimates of what Wikipedia calls a “near-instantaneous rise” range up to 4 metres, although the Exeter paper gives a more conservative figure of 1.4 metres.

This rise in sea level would not of course have covered “all the high mountains under the entire heavens”, as recorded in Genesis 7:19 taken literally. But it may have caused especially catastrophic flooding in the Black Sea region. The Exeter paper links this with Noah’s flood. But I would look elsewhere, as David Instone-Brewer does, to low-lying Mesopotamia. What would the effect of the sea level rise have been there?

Now “near-instantaneous rise” should not be taken as implying something like a tsunami. Probably the sea did not spill on to the land in the way seen in recent videos from Japan. But once Lake Agassiz started to break through the ice it could quickly have carved out a very wide channel, and so need not have taken many years to drain. Scientific papers mentioning a period of 200 years are probably only giving a maximum time. There is no reason to doubt the biblical account that the waters rose for forty days (Genesis 7:17), although this is probably to be understood as a round number rather than a precise figure.

The account in Genesis also mentions both that “all the springs of the great deep burst forth” (7:11), a good poetic fit for the bursting of a glacial lake, and that there were forty days of rain (7:12), perhaps caused by the initial disturbance of weather patterns by the rush of fresh water into the oceans – although the following cold spell was generally also dry.

Thus floodwaters flowing down the rivers into Mesopotamia would have met sea water flowing up them. No doubt channels would have become blocked with sand and silt, and a huge low-lying area would have been flooded with nowhere for the water to drain away. The recent Mississippi floods give an idea of how this event might have looked, but there would have been no artificial levees to contain the flooding and no floodways to channel it into the sea. Indeed probably quite a lot of land was permanently lost to the Persian Gulf. But further upstream the floods eventually retreated, but only after 150 days (7:24).

So, I would continue to argue as I did in my previous post, the biblical account if understood as intended, and not as a detailed record of events, tells a realistic story of a huge regional flood which could have happened, which indeed scientists also tell us actually did happen. There is no scientific record of the actual ark, but then one would not expect that. But science agrees with the Bible story in saying that a flood did happen – and adds some interesting details such as that it had its origin in Canada.