Wednesday, August 26, 2009

John 1:1-18 Retranslated and Explained

Craig Bluemel retranslated John 1:1-18 as part of his Bible Answer Stand Ministry.

The Way to Yahuweh

Here is another translation (?) in the Amplified tradition. The author plans 3 different versions with decreasing degrees of amplification. A sacred name type version, it uses Yahushua for Jesus' name. Visit the author's website for more information.

Essential Bible Wisdom: Good News

This is a translation by John Howard Reid called Essential Bible Wisdom: Good News. It is a translation of the book of John.

Translation Pieces

Here are a translation of Matthew 2-5 and a paraphrase of Psalm 139 by John Squires.

One you probably don't have

If you are a Bible collector, I may have found one translation you don't have yet. It is a personal translation by Kenneth Johnston. He wrote about it on

GAV Bible

It must be new Bible Version week! Here is another project underway. This is being produced by Graham Gould. You can see his work on the GAV Bible blog. It is intended to be an amplified version.

Translating My Favorite Bible Passages

No, I'm not starting my own translation project. That's the title of a new work by Dr. Edwin Lee Vrell. It is for sale on Inkwater Books. There isn't much information there and no sample verses.

MAS Translation

Mark Shepherd has started his own translation of the New Testament. So far he has finished revelation. You can download his work here or here.

Kata Mattyah

Here is a new translation of the Book of Matthew called Kata Mattyah. It is translated from the Hebraic New Testament of Yahshua the Messiah according to the Matthew page. However, this page indicates it was "Translated from 3rd Century Sinaitic Manuscript (א) and Diligently Compared with the Anderson New Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, Aramaic Peshitta, and Nestlé-Aland 26 Greek Text: For Readers of the English Language." Translated by Jackson H. Snyder.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bible Illuminated

If you were curious about the "Bible Illuminated" which uses "The Book" or the "Good News Bible" which is also known as "Today's English Version." It is filled with pictures (many of which aren't directly relevant to the text). But, you can download a sample and examine it for yourself. Visit Bible Illuminated.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Conservative Bible

A new Bible project is now on the Conservapedia website. It is called the Conservative Bible Project. It is a revision of the King James Version (Authorised Version). Some of the revisions are available on the Conservative Bible Page. It isn't immediately clear to me if it is part of the Bible Retranslation Project. Anyone know the answer to that one?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Theodore Haak Bible

Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the facsimile of the Dutch Annotations Upon the Whole Bible by Theodore Haak? I had to sell my only copy a couple years ago and now would like to get another one.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Book Review: Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions

Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions: A Comprehensive Introduction to the Religions of the World
by James A. Beverley (Thomas Nelson,2009)

I have read several books that cover the world religions. This was the first I've read from a Christian viewpoint. As I read the introduction I began getting the feeling I would not like the book. It first sounded like a lecture on how we should view world religions. I got the feeling the writer assumed I was simple minded and ignorant about world religions in general.

However, when I began reading the descriptions themselves, my opinion changed. I found that the author engaged world religions from a Christian viewpoint in a way that challenged me. He also showed how each religion varied from Biblical Christianity. Understanding these differences is critical in helping us understand our neighbors of different religions.

Some of the book spent too much time on what seemed to me to be irrelevant details. The discussion about who in Hollywood follows the Dalai Lama was not useful to me. I found the long section on Tibet and its history were also unhelpful. Information on the various Buddhist leaders did help me to differentiate between the various groups. The lengthy section on the Branch Davidians should have be shorted into a sub-section under Davidian Adventism.

The book presents many resources using timelines, more information tables and references to other works. It does not read like an encyclopedia. One can simply turn to a specific religion and read that entry. But that entry is written in a more engaging style than a list of facts.

This work is very up-to-date. I was especially helped by the discussion of the issue of violence in relation to Islam. The role of women and an overview of the Quran were both good as well. It was refreshing to read a reference of this type that clearly was informed about the religions of today.

This guide might be well used as for a Bible study group dealing with world religions. It would be quite possible to use it as the primary text. It is also quite good for personal study. I might not recommend it as a primary, authoritative reference on world religions.

(This post is done as part of the Nelson Book Review Bloggers. Visit their site to discover how you can get copies of books to review.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What do you think?

OK, this isn't really new (it was published in 2005). But how would you categorize this one? Is it a new version?

Here's what the author has done: He took the Hebrew text of Daniel and reversed it...letter for letter backwards. Then he translates the resulting Hebrew text into English.

It is called the "Linear Bible Code." An example of reversing and translating is here. This was done by Gustav Mahler. I assume this is not the same person as the composer.

Visit Linear Bible Code: The Secret Book of Daniel Revealed for more explanation, samples from the text and information about other books of the Bible that Mahler is working on.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Project

There is a new project underway to produce a new version of the Bible. It is called the Bible Retranslation Project. Debate about it is ongoing on the Talk Page.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Douay/Rheims - Challoner Editions

I've started a new section of my links collection on my website. Click on LINKS or visit the links directly. The new section (DRC Bibles) contains links to facsimiles of Douay/Rheims - Challoner editions of the Bible.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Logos Bible Giveaway

Logos software is giving away several Bibles each month. For details on entering see the ad below.

Logos Bible Software is celebrating the launch of their new online Bible by giving away 72 ultra-premium print Bibles at a rate of 12 per month for six months. The Bible giveaway is being held at and you can get up to five different entries each month! After you enter, be sure to check out Logos and see how it can revolutionize your Bible study.

Spirit of Prophecy Version

The Spirit of Prophecy Version has been updated (last month) with several new books.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Holy Bible - Lighthouse Version

Here is a new version of the Bible. It is an update of the language in the KJV. The Holy Bible - Lighthouse Version is edited by David Plaisted. For more information read his blog entry or visit for free downloads or to purchase print versions.

Pioneers' NT corrections

The Pioneers' NT is going to receive some corrections. You can read this list at the Pioneers' NT site. The PDF will be updated soon, but probably isn't yet.