Friday, February 21, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
And YAH'HAVAH ELOHIYM formed a man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).
The beginning of the Gospel of Yeshua HaMashiach, the Son of Elohiym (Mark 1:1).
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
The description on Amazon.com is as follows:
God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible... if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and its interminable passages of poetry, genealogy, and law, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers and church sermons. Irreverent yet faithful, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to see past the fog of religious agendas and cultural debates to discover what the Bible really says.
This is definitely intended to be humorous. From what I've seen of the preview on Amazon.com, it is a satire of the Bible. Aside from that, it is a summarized retelling of selected Biblical stories with a touch of commentary thrown in. Cartoons are scattered throughout the text as well. Occasional profanity and satire may offend some readers. Some facts are wrong, such as when Jacob "broke his arm wrestling with an angel."
The book itself is leather like, with gilt edging and a ribbon marker making it look similar to many Bibles. Current retail cost is $19.95 USD. Amazon.com offers it for $15.11 USD. The e-book costs $9.99 USD. It was produced by Top Shelf Productions.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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.