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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Holy Bible in its Original Order (Bob Barney)

No, this isn't the work of the same title by Fred Coulter. This one is by Bob Barney, who runs the Plain Truth website. I first wrote about it back in 2012. It appears that it came out as a Kindle book last year. That is the only format I have been able to find. The full title on Amazon is "The Holy Bible - In Its Original Order - God's Words in RED." The advertisement on Amazon states:
The most unique Bible you have ever read. First, the Old Testament is divided into the correct order as Jesus read (yes modern Bibles are not arranged in the right order, or have the correct amount of books). Next, this Bible has every word of God in RED in both the Old Testament and New! The author's own translation trying to marry easier to understand English with the style of the King James.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Expositor's Study Bible

I recently received notice about this new version from Joshua Holman (thank you!). It is found in the Expositor's Study Bible by Jimmy Swaggart. It is a modification of the King James (or Authorised) version. In a section titled "seven reasons why the Expositor's Study Bible will help your understanding of the Word of God" it states:
The King James Version is used, with the exception of Elizabethan words, such as "ye," "hast,"thy," etc., in some cases, changed to words presently used, making the Text much easier to understand.

Also, comments are included in the text as parenthetical insertions. Bible text is in black, comments are in red:

In the beginning (refers to the beginning of creation, or at least the creation as it refers to this universe: God, unformed, unmade, uncreated, had no beginning: He always was, always is, and always shall be)...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jonathan Mitchell's New Testament Translation

Jonathan Mitchell's New Testament Translation was first available in 2006. He recently updated his work which is available in PDF for free or for the Kindle or Nook for purchase. Some of the features of this translation (from his website):
  • Multiple possible translations of the Greek text are presented.
  • Contrasting readings from other New Testament manuscripts are presented.
  • Expanded renderings of the Greek verb tenses are presented.
  • Optional functions of noun and adjective cases are presented.
For more information visit Jonathan's Mitchell's New Testament Translation

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Waterproof Bibles

Back in 2011 I mentioned that I found a Waterproof Bible at a book store. I was looking into these again and thought I would update on other interesting products from Bardin Marsee Publishing. Back then I found NIV(1984), KJV, NLT and ESV. They now offer NIV (2011), NKJV and Reina Valera 1960 Bibles. They also have weatherproof, stain resistant synthetic leather covers for the full size Bibles. Covers for their New Testaments are available on a custom basis. Space pens and dry highlighters offer the ability to write in and highlight your Bible in any weather. Waterproof journals, spiral notebooks and sketchbooks round out the new items. One of the reasons I took another look at these is due to a review I read at the Bible Buying Guide. Many of these items are available on Amazon and Christianbook.com.

I should mention that I have tried running water over this Bible. The publisher's claims are accurate. Here's the "About this Bible" section from the copyright page:

The Waterproof Bible is printed on 100% plastic. This material is both waterproof and tear-resistant with normal use. This material is adversely affected by temperatures above 150 F. If this product freezes while wet, thaw before opening. This durable format can be dried with a towel or by standing on the spine with the pages up. Water will cause the pages to adhere to one another, but once dry, they will return to their original condition. Petroleum products can cause the ink of this product to smear, so keep it away from all such products, including bug spray.

I've seen this recommended for missionaries. It would indeed be a good Bible for such use. However, bug spray (especially that with high concentrations of DEET) should be kept away from the pages. If you get the spray on your hands, you could damage the Bible when reading.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Gospel of John Cowboy Style

The Gospel of John Cowboy Style is the work of Mel Hooten. It is described as a "Paraphrase of the Gospel in Cowboy Language." More specifically, it is in the "straight-talking dialect of the Texas Panhandle's traditional cowboys." The Amazon page gives this sample:
Ya see, God loves this world so much, that He gave His one and only Son to die, so that every man, woman, boy, and girl who believes in Him will not die, but will be a-livin' forever" (John 3:16).
Thanks to the Bible Versions Discussions/Dialogue group on Facebook, especially JH for this version notice.

Simplified Cowboy Version

This version is another one that comes courtesy of the people at the Bible Versions Discussions/Dialogue group on Facebook. The Simplified Cowboy Version is the work of Jake Hershey (Author), Kelli Sullenger (Editor) and Kevin Weatherby (Contributor). The description on Amazon states:
"This paraphrase is not a Bible, but the hope and prayer is that a person might come to know Christ better and open a real Bible and get to know Him."
So far, Proverbs, Matthew and Romans have been completed. Genesis 1 is available on the website of the Campfire Cowboy Ministries:
The outfit, which the Boss elected to call heavens and earth, hadn’t been surveyed, staked, nor fenced yet, and was kinda empty, and darkness covered all the tanks, springs, creeks, rivers and lakes. And the Spirit of the Boss was hovering over the surface of those waters.
Campfire Cowboy Ministries also has a Facebook Page.

Thanks to DJ for notice of this version

Monday, July 7, 2014

Versery Rhymes

I just received notice from Dr. Reece Sherman that he has finished his rhyming paraphrase of the New Testament (first mentioned on this blog October 4, 2008). His work, Versery Rhymnes, is in several volumes. To see a sample or for ordering information, visit his website. The website states:
If you read the Bible
And you are perplexed
Try VerseryRhymes
You'll see I rhymed the text

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Word of YHVH Bible

I recently received an e-mail from Mary E. Lewis that she has just finished updating her work, the Word of YHVH Bible. She writes "The most important feature is the Hebrew name and title YHVH Elohim replaces the words LORD and God in both the OT and NT." For more information about her work or to download a free PDF of the updated version visit fireofthelord.com.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Pre-Nicene New Testament

The Pre-Nicene New Testament is a work by Robert Price with a copyright date of 2006. I'm not sure how I missed this one. Thanks to one of the folks in the Bible Versions Debate and Discussion group now we all know about it (Thanks, DJ)! Price is a member of the Jesus Seminar, so expect that brand of "scholarship" and theology. He adds 27 other books to the New Testament for 1200+ pages. There is a review of it in the Bible Versions Debate and Discussion group. I do not have copy yet. It is expensive at $36 USD.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

International Society of Bible Collectors

Have you heard of the International Society of Bible Collectors? It started in 1964 and continues today. The society produces the "Bible Review Journal" twice a year. Our yearly conference will be in Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A. In addition to our meetings (and countless discussions about Bibles) we will be visiting "The Passages: Treasures of the Bible." It is The Green Bible Collection. The dates will be October 10-11, 2014. I will try to post more when other details are available. The ISBC website is: www.biblecollectors.org

Monday, June 9, 2014

Little Watchman Translation

I have just received word from the translator that the Little Watchman Translation (of the New Testament) has been finalized. It is available for free in PDF, Kindle and ePub through the website or you can read it online.