Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
One more post about the Bibles distributed by the Gideons: This time it is the oldest of the modern English versions they have distributed. It is The Revised Berkeley Version in Modern English. I believe that the Gideons started using this version in 1974. However, I have had difficulty verifying that date. It was discontinued in 1983 in favor of the the New International Version. I have found three different types of changes:
- Footnotes were removed throughout the text.
- Brackets around text were removed.
- Verses, at least in the New Testament, were changed to conform to the Textus Receptus.
An example of the changed verses can be found in John 3:16. In the original Berekeley version of 1969 it had "His only Son." In the Gideons edition it reads "His only-begotten Son."
While these differences are interesting for those of us that study Bible versions, they should not draw attention away from what God is doing through Gideons International. The organization is drawing closer to two billion Bibles and testaments distributed! These are not just in English. There are Gideons in 190 countries across the globe. More than two Bibles or testaments are being distributed every second. Every time I hear a Gideon speak, I hear a new testimony of someone whose life was forever changed because they had a Bible to read. Please support the Gideons in prayer and donations!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Gideons International recently began distributing the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. They distribute a modern English translation in addition to the King James Version (KJV). Previously, they used the New King James Version (NKJV). I believe that when HarperCollins bought Thomas Nelson the contract with Gideons for the NKJV was not renewed. This left them looking for a new modern English version.
The Gideons' agreement with Crossway allowed them to make changes to the ESV. Verses that were only in footnotes in the original ESV are restored. Other changes were made that often bring the ESV into agreement with the Textus Receptus. A full list of the changes in the New Testament was developed by Joshua Holman. You can read his list here. I have not found any changes to the Old Testament yet. You can read about the switch in the June issue of The Gideon.
Each camp will decide which issue to distribute. The existence of a modern English version does not mean they quit distributing the KJV.
I continue to be excited about the mission of the The Gideons International. According to their website history:
It's been just over 100 years since The Gideons International placed the first Bible in a hotel room in Montana. Today, Gideons are organized in more than 190 countries around the globe. Bibles and New Testaments are printed for distribution by The Gideons International in more than 90 languages. Through God's grace and to His Glory, more than 1.8 billion Bibles and New Testaments have been placed through our association, and the work continues. . .
“The sower soweth the word.”—Mark 4:14
Thank you, Joshua Holman, for links, your excellent chart and all your help!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Translated out of the Greek: Being the Version Set Forth A.D. 1611, Compared with the Most Ancient Authorities, and Revised A.D. 1881, by English and American Scholars; Embodying in the Text the Readings and Renderings Preferred by the American Members of the International Committee of Revision ; Together with Important Emendations, Having Regard to Philology, Usage, Context, and Doctrinal Import. New York: Published for Samuel Williams, Formerly Pastor First Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, Pa., by Fords, Howard, & Hulbert, 1881.I do not know if Williams made any other changes to the text. But I deeply appreciate the help of the research librarians at the Newberry in verifying this interesting little New Testament.
Monday, November 4, 2013
I'm sure there are others but those three are ones I check frequently for translation updates. Please add others in comments if you know of ones that are updated often.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
First, I want to thank Joshua Holman for alerting me to this edition. He has also done quite a bit of research on this and other Bibles. Thank you Joshua!
What Joshua discovered is that The Gideons International distributed slightly modified editions of the New International Version. This is exciting to Bible Collectors and those who study different versions. The rest of you may yawn appropriately.
I don't know all the details of this edition yet. I believe in the U.S. The Gideons International distributed the New International Version of the Bible from 1983 to 1986. I have New Testaments from 1984 and 1985. I do not know if they distributed the full Bible in NIV as well.
The editions distributed by The Gideons had the following changes:
- Footnotes were removed.
- Some alternate readings in the footnotes were incorporated into the text (John 1:14, 18, 3:16, 18; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5, 5:5; 1 John 4:9).
- Verses which were found only in the footnotes in the original NIV were incorporated into the Gideons text (Matthew 17:21, 18:11, 23:14; Mark 7:16, 9:44, 9:46, 11:26, 15:28; Luke 17:36, 23:17; John 5:4; Acts 8:37, 15:34, 28:29; Romans 16:24).
I am still trying to find out:
- What years did The Gideons in the U.S. distribute the NIV?
- What years did The Gideons in the U.K. distribute the NIV?
- Were there any other changes besides the ones mentioned above?
- Are the U.S. and the U.K. editions the same aside from anglicized spelling?
(The Gideons also distributed The New Berkeley Version in the 80s and are now distributing a slightly revised English Standard Version. More about this in a future post. I also wish to thank The Gideons International for their incredible ministry around the world!)
Saturday, October 19, 2013
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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
ninety-nine archaic English words such as, "Thy", "Thee", "doth", "morrow", and similar have been modernized to improve readability. No other changes have been made to this 1977 text of the NASB.The Kindle version includes a list of all the words that have been changed. I will try to keep watch and post notice if paper versions are published.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A Catalogue of Books in the Library belonging to the Monthly Meeting in Bristol, 3rd edit. - 1860
The Standard Edition of the English New Testament of the Genevan Version - 1864