Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The New New Testament: The good news minus the misinformation
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
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 The book is based on Ethridge's translation of the Peshitta but all the odd English has been replaced by Elizabethan English.
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
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: 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 Amazon.com (Kindle format).
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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
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
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
- 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