This is a sincere question. The more I look at the NET Bible, the more it seems to be a good successor to the NIV franchise. I say that because I personally have to wonder if the NIV will ever recover from the series of deadends that they’ve produced in the last decade in search of an update for the classic NIV.
I’ll admit up front that NET has a lot of stylistic problems that drive me crazy. For example, I can’t read the Psalms at all because they just sound too awkward. But the NET has a lot going for it:
- Wide acceptability: Despite making many of the same translation decisions as the TNIV, the NET hasn’t got any of the heat.
- Wide accessibility: It’s the premier electronic Bible translation available in more formats than any other Bible.
- Scholarship: Those notes!
- Free: It is a top-notch translation but without the kinds of usage restrictions that hinder NIV.
If Biblica wanted to save the NIV franchise, they might consider making the NIV Study Bible with text and notes freely available for download and republication. That would be a serious heavy-duty contender to the NET Bible. But I doubt they’ll do that and again the NET seems to rule the roost for freely-available Bible translations.
I’ll admit that the Zondervan/Biblica distribution system is hard to beat for print. But NET owns the Net.
What advantages should I anticipate in waiting for the 2011 NIV revision and then pitching out all my existing NIV resources that I can’t have right now with the NET?
What do you think?