Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The New Testament In Plain and Simple English

The New Testament In Plain and Simple English was produced in 2012. It was published through Createspace/BookCaps. I found this quote from Matthew very interesting:

This is the geology of Christ including fourteen generations, from Abraham to David, and from David to the Babylonian exile.
The description on Amazon states:
Have you ever wanted to read the Bible, but every time you open it up to try it just doesn't make sense? BooKCaps is here to help with this translation of The New Testament. This translation is based on the King James Version. It contains both a comparative version of each version and a standalone version of the modern translation.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Enhanced American Standard Version

The Enhanced American Standard Version of Jude is the work of Robert Alan King. It is
is based on the ASV and the original Greek. It stays true to the Greek as much as possible while also ensuring a smooth and understandable read with an enhanced clarity and richness.
According to Smashwords, it was published April 16, 2014. "Words in brackets are absent from the Greek text, but implied." Also, if you aren't reading this one on a black and white reader, "some specific words or phrases have been marked with the same specific color to emphasize what appear to be deliberate correlations of the same Greek word or relevant forms by the biblical writer."

Thanks to JH for notice of this version.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Simplified New Testament Study Bible

The Simplified New Testament Study Bible was produced by Glenn Rogers in 2009. It was published through Mission and Ministry Resources. John 1:1 reads:

Before anything else existed the Word always existed. Not only was he always with God, the Word was God.
The description on Amazon states:
In The Simplified New Testament Study Bible, Dr. Glenn Rogers provides a contemporary translation and explanation of the New Testament that helps the reader understand and apply the biblical message to his or her life in meaningful ways.

Thanks to DJ for this version.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Scripture interpretations by Frederick Smith

Today I found a series of Scripture interpretations by Frederick Smith. All are available through Kindle Unlimited.

A Superior Rendering of the Gospel - What Messiah Himself Actually Said

A Superior Rendering of the Gospel - What Messiah Himself Actually Said was produced by Orion LeRoy Moses III in 2012. This translation takes into account the "shuffled manuscript theory." This theory posits that the original manuscripts came apart, were shuffled out of order and subsequently copied that way. The translation is described as a "functionally literal translation of the more conservative Majority Greek Text." Visit the Amazon page for a full description.

Original Gospel of Matthew: The Final Reconstruction of the Earliest Matthew

Original Gospel of Matthew: The Final Reconstruction of the Earliest Matthew was produced by Standford Rives in 2012. The description on Amazon states:

Standford Rives seeks to provide the best approximation of the original Gospel of Matthew in Hebrew. There is no disputing Matthew wrote his gospel in Hebrew. In about 400 AD, Jerome translated it from a copy at the Library of Caesarea. It was quoted dozens of times by the earliest church commentators. Jerome explained that our Greek version of Matthew came from this Hebrew version. Jerome noted a score of variants that were interesting. Rives takes the 49 quotes in the early church and combines them with the best sources that reflect the early Hebrew Matthew, such as the Shem-Tob version of Matthew. In addition, Rives uses the Agrapha -- early quotes of the Lord Jesus by the early church commentators but which do not match any surviving gospel. Scholars regard the Agrapha as likely sayings from the original Hebrew Matthew. They are thus restored in this volume. Also, Jesus' sayings contained in the Didache -- the oldest manuscript of sayings of Jesus which are similar to Matthew --- has numerous interesting variants. It too is believed to contain much from the original Hebrew Matthew.

The Jesus Saga

The Jesus Saga was produced by John Stephen Wright in 2014. This version consists of a gospel harmony. The description on Amazon states:

The Saga of Jesus Christ is a new translation and chronological arrangement of the four gospels that will allow you to experience the life of Jesus the way the apostles did—as it really happened, in their own words.

The Saga features:
  • A powerful, dynamic translation of the four gospels directly from the Greek
  • Parallel passages in the gospels blended into one streamlined narrative that includes every word in all the passages, while eliminating any repetition
  • The words “I command you” highlight all of Jesus’ imperatives, to make His commands as plain to today’s readers as they were to His original disciples
  • Passages in the Old and New Testaments outside the four gospels incorporated to present every word and deed of Jesus recorded in Scripture

Ethiopian Orthodox Bible Project

Yesterday, I heard about a Bible translation project called the Ethiopian Orthodox Bible Project. Those involved with this project are:

dedicated to making the COMPLETE Ethiopian Orthodox Bible available in the English language. Although unknown to most of the world the Bible of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church contains books that are not to be found in any other Bible canon (with the exception of the Eritrean Orthodox Church which itself split off from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and with the exception in the case of some of the books of the EOTC Old Testament accepted by Ethiopian Jews known as Beta Israel who preserve an ancient pre-rabbinic form of Judaism.
This project is currently ongoing. Perhaps you can help them? They are "currently looking for individuals who can read Ge’ez and Amharic fluently as well as English." They say the project could take years depending on how much help they get.

There is a list of the books in the canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church here. I cannot verify that this is the same canon the project will use, but it appears to be the same church. Wikipedia has an article that describes the broader and narrower canons better.

This is another version I heard about at the Bible Versions Discussions/Dialogue group on Facebook. Thank you to AK for this one!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Faithful Version

I just received word that A Faithful Version by Fred R. Coulter is now available online.
Thanks, K!

Version Flood

Today's flood of new versions is a result of scouring Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited. This program allows you to read a subset of Amazon's books for one monthly fee. There are over 600,000 books in the program. I found it was hit and miss as to quality. If you haven't signed up for Kindle Unlimited, you are eligible for a one month free trial (that's what I am using right now). The program allows you to borrow up to 10 books. Books that are eligible will have a button "Read for Free" above the purchase button. If that button does not show up, it isn't eligible through the program. Returning one is as easy as clicking on the one you want to return. If you don't have a Kindle, you can get a free reader for many platforms.

Mark, Matthew, Luke and John: The 4 Gospels

Mark, Matthew, Luke and John: The 4 Gospels was produced by John Howard Reid in 2014. He has also translated Bible Wisdom: PSALMS of Praise and Power newly translated from the Greek Old Testament (2010). The description on Amazon states:

Newly translated from the best recently available Greek texts, this book presents not only the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John (placing them in their correct order of composition), but fresh translations of other New Testament books as well. The author is not an adherent of any particular Christian religion and is therefore free to report what Jesus actually said, what Mary and the apostles actually thought, not what various religious bodies think they ought to have said or ought to have thought. Extensive notes accompany the text for readers who wish to probe deeper into the Gospels, their philosophy and their authorship. Other New Testament documents translated in this book include the three letters by John, the Elder; the Letter to Christian Exiles, often incorrectly identified in other Bibles as written by Peter, the Apostle, but actually credited by Peter himself to Silvanus; plus Paul's disputed First Letter to Timothy, as well as his disputed Letter to Titus.

The New Word: God's Word for All People

The New Word: God's Word for All People was produced by Kimberly M. Hartfield in 2012. It was published through Go Fish Ministries, Inc.. This version consists of the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. She has also produced The New Word According to Luke: The Gift and Prophecies for Today: The Minor Prophets Paraphrased with Daniel . Work is underway on the Old Testament which can be viewed at the Go Fish Ministries website. The description on Amazon states:

The New Word and the Sayings and Hymns is a unique Christian feminist approach to a gender-neutral paraphrase of the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs portion of the Holy Bible, which uses the true name of Yahweh God and of Yeshua, the Christ. Features include a unique and easily readable paraphrase of the New Testament and the Proverbs and Psalms, easy to read print, art work by Rock and Kimberly Hartfield, Daily Bible Reading Plans, unique paraphrases of the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, brief testimony of the Author of this paraphrase, Kimberly M. Hartfield. This work took about 10 years to complete and the Old Testament is in progress at this time. This is a project that Kimberly has completed for her ministry at