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A Bible version is inspired word of God

A Translation of the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

Introduction:

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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Good overview of Bible translation

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.

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My favorite Bible sites: No content but Bible

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

#bible, #bible-versions

Compact NET Bible at special price

If you’ve been thinking about buying a print Bible in the NET version, this might be the time to do it. The compact Bible in brown cover with Smyth-sewn binding is now just $6.50. A box of 32 goes for $100.00. They make great gifts.

You can order at this link. This is not an affiliate link. TFR receives nothing for this recommendation.

NET is a solid translation, available free online, with more than 60,000 notes, mostly related to the process of translation.

#bible, #bible-versions

Stunning election results provide great opportunity

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

#bible-versions, #corollaries, #usa

The town of Madmen

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.
Jer 48.2b

Madmen is a Hebrew word, not English. It is not where mad men live. Continue reading

#bible-versions, #jeremiah, #judgment

The most exciting find of all (and it’s not bacon)

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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

#bible-versions, #corollaries, #evangelism, #jesus-christ, #power

Joy and tears and the heart of Philippians

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is known, appropriately, as the letter of joy. The topic is an important keynote, all the more so because Paul was in prison when he wrote it. So it is noteworthy when, at one point in the letter, Paul says he writes “with tears.” Do you know what it is that causes his tears, and why the subject brings him to tears? Read Php 3.

Philippians is less known as a letter of mission cooperation. Paul opens and closes with thanksgiving for their participation in his effort. This literary technique, called inclusio(n), marks their financial gifts as a major theme of the letter. Perhaps we don’t notice it because we lack the missionary spirit the Philippian saints had, or because we’re reading commentaries whose authors don’t have it and therefore treat it briefly. Continue reading

#bible-versions, #christian, #corollaries, #philippians, #time

Brotherhood translation of hardcover NT for $1.99

Slightly imperfect, but a great deal on hardback edition of the Plain English Bible. See details here.

#bible, #bible-versions, #deals, #translations

Beautiful Bible with no chapters or verses

Very interesting project here, a shame it’s not an updated Bible version:

http://www.bibliotheca.co/

There are a few Bibles out there with just the text, no chapter or verse divisions or notes or other distractions. Are you aware of any of these? If so, please provide a link or description on the comments.

#bible-printings, #bible-versions, #bibles

Good descriptions of patience and self-control

Even though I’m not a fan of that foot-loose and fancy-free paraphrase called The Message, I happened across a couple of items in it I thought were good.

Mr. Peterson, the author of the work, describes patience, in Galatians’ fruit of the Spirit, as “a willingness to stick with things,” and self-control as being “able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

Those seem to be fairly good depictions, the latter one especially, as far as they go.

Also, from the two descriptions, it’s possible to see that a relationship exists between the two.

How would you qualify these descriptions of the two qualities that the Spirit of God produces in the saint?

#bible-versions, #fruit-of-the-spirit, #patience, #self-control

Languages, word order, Bible versions, Day of the Dying, and the same God for all

iciclesOn the nature of languages, grammaticist and author Maria Tereza de Queiroz Piacentini writes,

As the linguist José Luiz Fiorin explains in the magazine Língua Portuguesa no. 26, “The meaning of expressions is formed as a unit and not by the sum of the words which compose them.”

This is a more elegant way of saying that words acquire their meaning in context, both the immediate grammatical structure and the larger social and historical setting. Continue reading

#bible-versions, #corollaries, #death, #god, #linguistics

Your Bible version

Stack-of-BiblesYOUR BIBLE VERSION

Your Bible version, even if
King James himself decreed it,
Will do no good, in covers stiff,
If you never bother to read it.

J. Randal Matheny

#bible-reading, #bible-versions, #christian-poetry

US Bible sales in 2012

From LifeWay’s prez Thom Rainer.

2012 – Based on Dollar Sales

  1. New International Version
  2. King James Version
  3. New Living Translation
  4. New King James Version
  5. English Standard Version
  6. Holman Christian Standard Bible
  7. New American Standard Bible
  8. Common English Bible
  9. Reina Valera 1960
  10. The Message

2012 – Based on Unit Sales

  1. New Living Translation
  2. New International Version
  3. King James Version
  4. New King James Version
  5. English Standard Version
  6. Common English Bible
  7. Holman Christian Standard Bible
  8. New American Standard Bible
  9. Reina Valera 1960
  10. New International Readers Version

Reactions?

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Who will rise to the occasion for a Bible-only website?

This is a call to encourage brethren, churches, somebody out there in the brotherhood, to put together a site for the biblical text, nothing more. Seems we who preach that the Bible alone is sufficient ought to be out in the forefront of sharing the Word of God in its purity and uniqueness, without garnish or explanation.

The people behind the NLT have put that version online in what I consider pretty much an idea approach. Others are also good. See these three I’ve found so far with just the biblical text. Few sites, however, offer one or more versions of the Bible without some sort of teaching material.

To my mind, a good recent version should be used, if not several. The KJV/ASV duo were great in their day, but that day is long past.

#bible, #bible-versions, #online-bibles