Bestselling Bible Translations

Here is the current CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) bestselling bible translations list, according to unit sales, for January 2008:

1 New International Version
2 New King James Version
3 King James Version
4 English Standard Version
5 New Living Translation
6 Holman Christian Standard Bible
7 New American Standard Bible
8 The Message Eugene Peterson
9 Today’s New International Version
10 Reina Valera 1960 (Spanish)


Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “Bestselling Bible Translations

  1. No, no real surprises. The Message seems to have peaked in popularity. The NIV/Today’s NIV is the most familiar version around.
    The high ranking of the KJV does not surprise me, either. Given that conservative Christians (in any denomination) are the primary buyers of Bibles, it should come as no surprise that a very traditional translation is still a big seller. And to some people, both Christians and non-Christians alike, the KJV just “sounds” like the Bible.
    And honestly, even though I find many passages in the KJV nearly unreadable, I kinda like the KJV’s translations of the Psalms.

  2. I am surprised. Tim, I have been using the NAS for as long as I can remember. It is still my favorite. I had no idea that it would be that popular.
    I have started to paraphrase more than quote. And I do like to use the Phillips as well.