A Translation of the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
1. Without Divine inspiration, the Bible would be the most unreliable book known.
2. Emperor Diocletian ordered wholesale destruction of the Bible (A.D. 302). But
Constantine then commanded large numbers of Scriptures be made available to the churches of his day (A.D. 330). God has preserved some 5500 small to large “fragments” of the New Testament until today.
3. The Bible is “the living oracles” entrusted to man (Acts 7:38).
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Kevin Pendergrass has a good article, posted yesterday, on his blog. He provides some background history and a bit of information about how Bible translation is done.
And any and every English translation of the Scriptures is a translation and cannot, by the very nature of the translation process … communicate word-for-word every time what the original source text says. A strict word-for-word translation is a unicorn. It does not and cannot exist. Every translation by its very nature contains an “interpretation of meaning.” Meaning must absolutely be interpreted—and mediated to the reader—at every turn.
In an appendix he evaluates some Bible versions, most of them older English versions.
The article is well worth your time.
To get a devotional by email on the NLT.to site, you have to give them lots of personal information. No thanks! About the only thing they don’t ask for is your shoe size. That’s not a service, it’s a data-collection effort by the company.
Even if the version wasn’t my favorite, the site was once the best I’d ever seen, since it offered the Bible text only. (That’s my number one criterion.) Later, they offered the devotional material by email. It’s still one of the better ones. Continue reading
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NET is a solid translation, available free online, with more than 60,000 notes, mostly related to the process of translation.
Americans awoke to stunning election results. I admit to a sense of relief that the Democrat nominee will not afflict the nation with harmful policies of every type. That relief at the moment is overpowering concerns for the future.
God controls the affairs of men. He delights in upsets. What appears stable and unbeatable to mere humans he upturns with a mere word. In the halls of power men plan and plot, but God continues to do his will. Continue reading
In Jeremiah’s condemnation of Moab, he mentions a number of its cities along the length of the nation, which lay to the east of the Dead Sea. Among them, this one:
City of Madmen, you will also be destroyed.
A destructive army will march against you.
Madmen is a Hebrew word, not English. It is not where mad men live. Continue reading
There must have been no greater exclamation among the Jews of the first century than that which Andrew declared to his brother Simon and what Philip told his friend Nathaniel: “We have found the Messiah!” Jn 1.41, 45. One can feel the excitement in those words. The NET Bible rightly ends it with an exclamation point. Continue reading