Title: Condensed Bible
Author: David Coory
Format: 808 pages, 300 photos
Published: 2004
Publisher: Zealand Publishing House

This Condensed Bible is half the length of the traditional Bible yet preserves all the important details of the full length version. You’ll be astonished how much you will learn in a short time. It flows naturally, it is easy to understand, and it’s full of interest. The three gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke on the life of Jesus have been combined into one vivid, day by day account, full of fascinating detail.

At last a Bible you can easily read and understand

  • How many times have you promised yourself, “One day I’ll read the whole Bible,” but haven’t found the time?
  • Or been put off by the huge number of pages, or have found it hard to follow, or the language difficult?
  • Well now it has never been easier or more interesting for you to read the world’s greatest book.

Half the length of the full Bible yet preserves all important details

This new Condensed Bible has been condensed from the world’s finest translations by New Zealand researcher David Coory and is just half the length of the traditional Bible.

You would not think so however as you read it. It preserves every important detail of the full length Bible – all of the books, the stories, parables, prophecies, psalms, power and spiritual upliftment.

Plus you get these extra features, some of which are found only in high priced Bibles:

  • Words of God in bold.
  • Inspired words of prophets in bold italics.
  • Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke combined.
  • Books in chronological order.
  • Running date on every page.
  • 300 photos, 30 maps, large Concordance (index).
  • Maps where they belong in the text.
  • High quality white Bible paper.

Easy to understand and full of interest

You will be astonished how much you will learn in just a short time. This whole Bible flows naturally. It is easy to understand, and extremely interesting.

As one reader typically remarked, “I’m getting so much out of this book.”

The day-by-day narrative of the life of Jesus, by combining the three gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke into one account, alone makes this Bible worthwhile. It’s just packed full of thrilling detail.

Hundreds of interesting photographs

You will also find this Bible full of fascinating black and white photos, over 300 of them, of Bible places, objects and people.

Many of these unique photos are of Israel and other Biblical sites taken by a photographer in the 19th century, before modern changes took place.

You will also see impressive evidence regarding the crossing of the Red Sea by Moses and the remains of Noah’s Ark.

There are also relevant maps, useful footnotes and a large concordance (index) of over 100 pages at the back of the book for you to look up subjects that interest you.

40 life-changing parables of Jesus

You will be stimulated by the 40 life-changing parables (stories) of Jesus, the greatest teacher of all time.

Jesus told many parables because we learn best by stories – the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, Lazarus and the Rich Man, the Lost Sheep, and 35 others.

These stories and teachings of Jesus are full of interest and highly relevant to our everyday life.

Even more importantly, they instruct us about our next life in eternity.

Learn how to pray with real effect

Jesus teaches us how to pray with real effect and have our prayers answered. For Jesus says, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door shall be opened.”

Learn wisdom and how to prosper financially

The Bible is the most effective self-help book ever written. It’s packed full of true-life stories of great men and women from whom we can learn life’s most important lessons.

You will learn wisdom from the proverbs of wise King Solomon and how to solve difficult problems and prosper financially.

King Solomon was the richest man who ever lived. His practical, down-to-earth proverbs are usefully arranged by topic in this Condensed Bible; ie, Health, Wealth, Family, Love, Marriage, Work, etc.

Find peace and comfort in the beautiful Psalms

And whenever you are upset and need peace of mind, you can read from the beautiful book of Psalms. Serenity and tranquillity will soon descend upon you.

A wonderful way to start and end each day.

Beautiful love stories

You will experience the power of love in action as you read moving and beautiful love stories in the books of Ruth, Esther, and the Song of Solomon (a Cinderella type love story). You will also observe the masterful way Jesus interacted with both women and men and gained their complete loyalty.

Know the great power and love of Jesus

Jesus is by far the most powerful personality ever born on earth. He cannot be ignored. His miracles greatly exceed those of any other man who has ever lived.

He says, “I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No one comes unto the Father but by me.”

He claimed to be the son of God the Father, sent to show us the way back home to God, and he did spectacular miracles to prove it – he walked on water, calmed a raging storm, raised dead people back to life, healed the blind and the deaf, fed thousands of people with a boy’s lunch.

Again and again he taught that following him is the only way to God. Finally, to remove all doubt that Jesus was the son of God, the Father himself spoke to three of his apostles, along with the prophets Moses and Elijah, while Jesus glowed brightly. To culminate it all, Jesus was finally resurrected from the dead by God the Father and appeared to hundreds of witnesses.

Read his actual words for yourself, and the eye-witness accounts of these great events, miracles and healings.

Also his strong rebukes to hypocritical religious leaders of his day.

Jesus promises us total forgiveness of past mistakes

Jesus unconditionally promises us a total cleansing from all our past wrong doing, if we sincerely change and follow his teachings of love.

For Jesus says, “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet loses his own soul.”

And God himself says in the Old Testament, “Though your sins are red like scarlet, they can be white as snow.”

Millions of Christians have felt the genuine inner peace and joy that comes from accepting this offer of Jesus.

Recognise the signs of the second coming of Jesus

Jesus promised that he would return again in the last days, to reign on earth in love and peace for a thousand years. Also to resurrect back to life the bodies of loved ones of all who have died. He promises to “wipe away the tears from all faces.”

He spoke of the signs to watch for leading up to this eventful day. Two of these signs are family breakdown and violence, and the reestablishment of the land of Israel.

When you know these and many other signs, you will recognise them unfolding on the TV news.

NZ reader testimonials

“I have never read anything with such impact. I have read it right through. I highly recommend it.” Ed Jessup, Tauranga.

“I wish we had this book then (during his mission years) it would have made for an easier way to get people reading and understanding the Bible. It’s amazing the amount of material you have packed into a reasonably small book. The Concordance is superb! The price is most reasonable. Congratulations on a good job. Well done.” Rev Trevor Shepherd (Retired Methodist minister) Matangi, Hamilton.

“Exciting, relevant, easy to understand! Whenever I go to pick it up, I find my daughter has taken it away to read. I’ll have to get her a copy of her own. Thank you for your work in making this happen.” Peri Kohu, Tauranga.

“I have read the Bible many times, large parts were quite often a chore especially the Old Testament. With this Condensed Bible I find it very helpful in getting to the essence, especially with and thereby the context in which the Prophets and the Saviour lived, making their words come to life. It has made me hungry for the Gospel. A spiritual experience every time. The footnotes in this Condensed Bible give me a deeper understanding of the culture in which the prophets and Jesus Christ lived, making their words come to life. A spiritual experience every time!” Roy Hanson, Matata.

“The combined gospel, psalms and proverbs are definitely much more readable and easy to understand than a standard Bible.” Barbara, Palmerston North.

“I’m getting so much out of this book.” Tania Wallace, Tauranga.

  • Download a PDF version of the Condensed Bible for free.

  • Read on-line as a PDF file chapter by chapter.

  • A new print version should be available early 2014.