Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Neat feature on Google Books

I haven't noticed this before - Google has a "clip" feature when reading one of the digitized books on Google Books. This allows you to select a portion of a page then gives you either the text (for pasting in a word processor, etc), a link to the selection image or the code to embed the image. For instance, here is the first paragraph of The First Mortgage by E. U. Cook.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Original King James Version

I frequent a local store that sells (and trades) used Christian books. Today I ran across a Bible that intrigues me. The title page says it is "Original King James Version." It has a trademark symbol next to the word "Original." (View the title page here.) Upon getting it home, I remembered and verified that I have a pocket NT called the "Shoeleather New Testament" that has the same designation on the title page. However, I cannot find out any information about what version/edition of the KJV they used. Neither Bible offers any information about the version itself. If you have heard of it or know how to contact Dugan Publishers, Inc - I would love to hear from you!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Simplified Bible

There is ongoing work being done on the New Simplified Bible. There is now a Jehovah Version, a LORD version, a Yahwist version and a research version. The first three refer to what name is used for God's name. The last is a combination of the NSB dictionary and the Bible.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

American Folk Gospel / American Koine Version

In 1999 (copyright date) Thomas E. Q. Williams edited a volume known as The American Folk Gospel. It contained a New Testament by Ben Johnson called the The American Koine Version. It can be found on's wayback machine here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New View Old Testament

This is a new book, "How Often Would I Have Gathered You," by Val D. Greenwood. It contains 229 Old Testament stories written in "clear modern English for adult and young adult Latter-day Saints." Visit Greenwood's site at New View Old Testament.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Internet Archive Problems

One of the great digitized Bible and book resources on the world wide web is the Internet Archive. Unforunately, someone has found a way to flood the newer listings with entries for pornography. Even the listings themselves are offensive. You may not see them in your searches unless you click "Date Added" which will sort the entries with the most recently added first. Here's a work around until things get fixed over there - add "NOT sex" to your search. (So when searching for Bibles type "Bible NOT sex" or click this link for newest Bible listings and this one for newest New Testament listings.

Matthew's Bible 1537

Doing my rounds this morning, I came across a notice at the Bible Versions Discussion Board that may interest you. Hendrickson Publishers will be releasing a 1537 Matthew's Bible in June of 2009. It will be available in hardback and leatherbound. Unfortunately, it will only be 7 x 10 inches. Here's Hendrickson's page on this new version. They've got a free sample (PDF) of the Introduction and one chapter. It is available for pre-order at and I'm sure it will be available at other sellers.