Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New New Testament

This is the second one I've seen with this same name. This one is called The New New Testament: The good news minus the misinformation. It appears to be a revision of the King James version. The reviser, Johnathan M. Carter, has changed words he says were mistranslated. Also, entire passages that were "later insertions by copyists or the Roman Catholic Church" have been removed.
The New New Testament: The good news minus the misinformation

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Voice update

The Voice OT is due out in April. Two books (Genesis & Isaiah) are available for download from the web site. The Voice of Psalms has already been published.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Composite Bible

This one is a "three for the price of one" deal. This is the Composite Bible by Gary D. Rose. It has three versions in parallel (horizontally). There are modified versions of Webster's, Darby's and Young's Bibles. The principal modification has been to replace "Jehovah" with "Yahweh." In the New Testament "Jesus" is replaced with "Iesous [Yashua]." There are several formats available: A software version with installer, PDF format and a print-on-demand from

The Holy Bible (Binary Code)

This isn't a version in English, but it is a revision of English texts. This is the Bible converted into binary code. Judging from the cover (aha!), it appears that it was converted by taking the ASCII code for each English character, then representing that number in binary. The word "Holy" is thus rendered 01001001 01001111 01001100 01011001. I'll leave potential applications for this work up to you. You can get your copy, should you be so inclined, on

Logos Bible

Here's another new one for today: Logos Bible. This should not be confused with another Logos Bible which is a translation by Paul Esposito. This Logos Bible is by Michael Mauseth. The description reads:
The Logos Bible is a combination of the Aramaic Peshitta New testament, with a reconstruction of the Hebrew gospel of Matthew, the gospel of Thomas, and the Secret gospel of Mark. Things that were taken out by early church fathers have also been restored to the text. The book is based on Ethridge's translation of the Peshitta but all the odd English has been replaced by Elizabethan English.

Gabriel Version

Today's new version is the Testimony of Yeshua: Gabriel Version. This is based on Murdock and Etheridge's translations of the Peshitta. This was done by Lonnie W. Martin. It is available in Hardback, paperback or a free PDF with links on
The New Testament is also online here. The Old Testament, called the Word of Elohim, is not yet finished but the work in progress is available here.

Friday, February 24, 2012

New Douai Rheims Bible

The New Douai Rheims Bible is based on the original Rheims NT from 1582 and the Douai OT from 1609-10. The reviser has changed the spelling and punctuation. The books recognized as apocryphal by protestants have been removed. The editor(s) retyped the entire Bible from a microfiche copy of the original Douai Rheims Bible! This self-published Bible is available through the website, eBay or through Amazon. The Bible is a product of Straightway Ministries.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The New Messianic Version of the Bible

The New Messianic Version of the Bible is a new translation by Tov Rose. So far he has published the Torah. It is marked as Volume 1, so I assume he will be publishing more.

The New Messianic Version: The Book of GOD: Volume 1

Update: Just got word from the author that he has released the book of Matthew as well. View the Hebrew Gospel of Matthew - The Real Thing on (Kindle format).

Lexham English Bible OT

The Lexham English Bible is now complete. The OT was released sometime this month. Unfortunately, the OT is only available in Logos Bible Software right now.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

New Testament Version of Yahshua Ha Mashiyach

This version is for sale on Very little information is given about this NT. There is a short sample available. From that one can see that this version uses "Yahshua" for "Jesus," "Ha Mashiyach" for "Christ", "El" for "God" and "Yahovah" for "Lord." At the top of some pages is the name "BB Edwards" - anyone know who that is? If you've got this Bible or know information, please leave a comment. I'd love to know more. I'm in the last weeks before I need to send my manuscript in to the publisher. Some of these versions are just making it in!

Revelation App

The Revelation App is an illustrated version of the book of Revelation. I can't wait to see what this looks like. Unfortunately, it is not currently available. However, the web site states that it will be back soon. It is also supposed to be published in formats other than iOS. Good news for those of us without Apple devices! (I've sold my iPad so I'm cut off from all those goodies now).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

NIV Student Bible

I was given a complimentary copy of The NIV Student Bible (e-book) by Zondervan for the purposes of this review. This does not affect my review in any way (positive or negative).

The NIV Student Bible was released in 2011.

After the table of contents is a section titled "Why the Student Bible?" The subtitles "I Get Discouraged" and "I Can't Understand It" grabbed my attention right away. This Bible addresses those concerns.

First, it has three different tracks to reading the Bible. Each track takes 5 to 15 minutes to read. Track 1 takes two weeks for each section. There are sections on Jesus, Paul, the Old Testament and other subjects. If one wishes to dig futher, track 2 presents a guided tour of the Bible. This hits the highlights and well known portions. Finally, track 3 is a slow read through the entire Bible. This plan is unique as it takes 3 years to read the whole Bible.

Secondly, the Bible has quite a bit of extra helps. The guided tour of the Bible is mostly commentary and "life questions" for applying lessons. Other notes are inserted into the text, but in a different color to distinguish them from the Scriptures. There are also the footnotes which are at the bottom right of each page.

The content of the footnotes appears to be limited to language notes, variants and other readings. The inserted notes are commentary on the text. The guided tour notes go a bit further than the commentary. On the whole I found them to be helpful. I believe they would be excellent discussion topics for a student study group.

The Scripture text itself is the NIV 2011 edition. While I like the layout, style and content of the notes, I am not sure about the 2011 NIV. I prefer the 1984 edition. Still, if looking for a Bible for a student group I would certainly consider this one.

NIV Student Bible

Action Bible New Testament

I was given a complimentary copy of The Action Bible: New Testament (e-book) by David C. Cook Publishing for the purposes of this review. This does not affect my review in any way (positive or negative).

The Action Bible New Testament is due to be released in March, 2012. The full Action Bible was released in September, 2010.

The introduction states that the intent of this work is to present God & Jesus as a heroic figure. Instead of being amazed at the fictional stories of Superman, we can be amazed at God's works. The hope is also that this will inspire readers to be active - to be "difference-makers."

The first thing I noticed when reading this NT was the artwork. The pictures are realistic, not cartoonish. Even as an adult, I found it enjoyable to look at the pictures. All those I viewed were tastefully done.

The next thing is, of course, the text. The text is not taken directly from any existing Bible version. It appears to have been written specifically for this Bible. It is a creative retelling of Biblical stories with additional information added. For instance, the book begins with the story of an old man being oppressed by a Roman soldier.

I have used picture Bibles in the past to stir up interest in children for reading the Bible. The Action Bible New Testament would certainly serve that purpose. It may be a stretch to call it a "Bible" since it does not present all the Scriptures. Also, it has information not taken from the Scriptures. But it certainly should interest young people while giving them an overview of some important Christian truths.

The Action Bible New Testament: God's Redemptive Story (Picture Bible)

The Action Bible

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Bond Slave Version

I just found this version on in a module for e-Sword. The information section of that module led me to the Bond Slave Version Bible Project. The name is derived from the usage of "bondslave" rather than "servant." This is a revision of the King James Version.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bible for a New Generation

This is a new version I just found this morning: The Bible for a New Generation. So far, only the book of Romans is available. The book of Galatians is expected soon. There is a sample presented in a video format. The web site says this version is:
  • easy-to-understand, not confusing or difficult
  • an accurate word-for-word translation, not a faulty paraphrase
  • new and fresh, not the same, old, rehashed words
  • based on Greek manuscripts, not on old English versions
  • real and practical solutions, not just religious talk
  • easy-to-read, not hard or complex
  • uses everyday regular words, not archaic "Bible words"
  • a collection of books, not a collection of verses

Friday, February 3, 2012

Bibliographic Help?

Does anyone know the proper MLA style bibliographic entries for Bible Software packages? I need entries for e-Sword, Bibleworks, Sword Project, TheWord, Logos and Online Bible. I know the general format for a bibliographic entry for software but am having trouble finding the details for these Bible programs. Help?