A new edition of the Bible known as the “Couple’s Bible” was introduced during the meetings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Executive Committee’s Annual Council in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, on October 14, 2019. The new edition of the Bible was developed by Spain’s Editorial Safeliz publishing house, in partnership with the Family Ministries department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
“This new edition of the Bible includes numerous resources and study tools,” said Safeliz president and CEO Mario Martinelli in introducing the edition to Executive Committee members. “It has been specially prepared for couples at different stages of their life,” he added.
Martinelli explained that the Couple’s Bible contains special resources to help couples better understand God’s plan for marriage and how to attain fulfillment and happiness in marriage. At the same time, he mentioned some of the unique features of this new edition, including introductory pages and Bible verses especially for couples.
“The introductory pages include notable articles about marriage in the Bible, the biblical theology of the family, and habits for long-lasting marriages,” Martinelli said.
This New King James Version edition also comes with more than 170 articles divided into five sections, such as “Strong Marriages and United Families” (articles on love and communication); “Facing Challenges” (about issues like abuse, forgiveness, favoritism, addictions, and divorce); and “Happy Marriage” (articles from passages in the Bible that provide tools to help couples obtain balance and happiness in marriage). Two additional sections, “Keys to Successful Parenting” and “Marriage in the Bible,” add to what editors hope is a practical and down-to-earth approach to God’s Word.
“It is our hope this new edition of the Bible can help strengthen the marriage bond and relationships within the family,” said Willie Oliver, who, together with his wife, Elaine, lead the Family Ministries department for the Adventist Church. It is one more feature, the Olivers said, in the year-long celebration of 100 years of the Adventist Church’s efforts to help couples and families to thrive.