Sunday, September 30, 2012

The New Testament: Order of Christ Sophia Version

This New Testament is "A new edition of the New Testament, edited by Father Peter Bowes, Priest, Master Teacher and Co-Director of the Order of Christ Sophia. This version speaks to the spirit of the Law of Jesus and the message of the apostles."

If, like me, you've never heard of the Order of Christ Sophia, try reading the Wikipedia Article for some background.

The Simplified King James New Testament

The Simplified King James New Testament was edited by Dr. James Ross and S. David Ross. S. David Ross "de-victorianized" the text. They also retranslated some verses and added alternate definitions. Available in PDF and in print from

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nicholas King's Translation

Nicholas King's New Testament: Freshly Translated was first published in 2004. He is now at work on the Old Testament. Volume 3 (The Wisdom Literature) was published in 2008. Volume 1 (The Pentateuch) was published in 2010. These two volumes are available through his website. The Psalms were published separately in 2009 and are available here.

Thank you to the Internet Bible Catalog for this information!

The Antioch Bible

Today's new Bible news comes from William Chamberlin, the author of The Catalogue of English Bible Translations. The Antioch Bible is a "A fresh new idiomatic English translation based on the Aramaic text of the Syriac Peshitta."

It will be published in 28 volumes at the rate of 4 or 5 volumes per year. Individuals can get a 50% discount on each volume by signing up now to receive them as they are published. The cost (with discount) per volume is $75.00! That means the total cost for an invdividual will be $2,100! Institutions will be charged $100 (with discount) per volume. Full price will be $150 per volume.

The format is a parallel with the Aramaic on the left and a new English translation on the right. A sample of Isaiah can be downloaded in PDF format.

A sample of this new translation:

Praise the Lord with new praise, his praise from the ends of the earth, those who go down to the sea in its fullness, the islands and those who dwell in them (Isaiah 42:10)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Doric New Testament

Doric is a dialect of Scots spoken in the North-East part of Scotland. While it is debated whether or how Scots is related to English, I'll include a note about this new version here. The Doric New Testament was created by Gordon McKenzie Hay. It is due to be released at the end of October. You can read a bit more in this article on STV News. Here is a sample Scripture:
The Acks o the Apostles, Chaptir 14, verse 8

**Noo, at Lystra, there was a cripple mannie vrang amo e feet fae e day he wis born, nivver haein waalkit. He wis hearknin tae Paul as he spak, an Paul, leukin him straicht in e ee an seein he hid e faith tae be made aa better, says till him wi a lood vice: "Stan straicht up on yer feet!" He jumpit up an set oot waalkin. An fan e crood saa fit Paul hid deen, they roart oot o them in their ain tongue, "E gods hiv come dooon till hiz in e form o a mannie."

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Free Bibles for Kindle

There are still free Bibles available in Amazon's Kindle store. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) and The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition are both still free.

Another Pure Cambridge Edition?

Some of you may be familiar with the Pure Cambridge Edition presented by Matthew Verschuur. Today I discovered there is a new contender for the "Pure Cambridge Edition" presented by Jason Barlow. The 1769 Pure Cambridge Edition is available as a free PDF download on

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Voice New Testament

If you would like to read the New Testament of The Voice by Thomas Nelson then visit their web site and click on "Download the New Testament for Free."

Saturday, September 15, 2012

E-Encyclopdia of English-Language Bible Versions

I just discovered that the Encyclopedia of English-Language Bible Versions will be made into an e-book as well as a paperback. The ISBN is 978-1-4766-0138-0. I look forward to having it on my Kindle!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Pacific Bible

The Pacific Bible is the work of General Editor Eliza Wood, founder of Progress Planet, and other editors. The web site states that:
By archiving nearly four hundred former Bible verses that promoted rape, genocide, human sacrifice, slavery, sexuality and homosexuality, subjugation of women, cannibalism and other highly problematic practices, The Pacific Bible promotes exactly what most modern religions preach. In its newly revised form, The Pacific Bible is more consistent with the messages people hear from their churches and synagogues today everywhere in the world.
"Archiving" means "removing" since the verses in question are replaced with the word "archived." Here is another article on her site discussing the Bible.
If you happened to notice her mention of another Bible, by Pink Cross Publishing, don't go looking for it the way I did. According to, the "Gay Bible" is a rumor started by those who failed to realize that an article about it on Dead Serious was a satire.

Updates: Many thanks to Eliza Wood for a fast and informative reply to a request for more information. Neither the Pacific Bible nor the section of removed verses will have commentary. The Pacific Bible is based on the World English Bible, a modernized English text. Publication is set for January 15, 2013.
What do you think of the idea of making a Bible with "offensive" materials removed?

Report on the New American Bible

Thanks to Timothy at Catholic Bibles for an update on the New American Bible. Head over there to read his report.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Just Verses

Here is another Bible reading site for you: Just Verses. This site offers several Bibles for reading online as well as in PDF downloads or text downloads for use in applications. The online versions can also show side by side, display Strong's numbers and dictionary or commentary information.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Corrected King James Version of the Bible

I can't stop finding new versions!!! Here is the Corrected King James Version of the Bible. It is apparently in a "beta" stage right now.

Proclaim His Holy Name Bible

This one isn't finished yet, but Volume 1 is ready. Volume 2 (I Kings through Song of Solomon) is out of stock (at Amazon) right now. Volume 3 (Isaiah through Malachi) is expected in October of 2012. Volume 4 (The New Testament) is due in March of 2013. Uses "YEHOVAH" for "Lord," "Elohim" for "God," and "Yehoshua" for "Jesus."

Yahweh's Breath Bible

And another sacred name Bible! This is called Yahweh's breath, by Jerry Ayers in 2010. It is a two volume set: Volume 1, Volume 2. There are previews on so you can get a feel for what this version is like.

Scripture of Truth Bible

Today is my day to find new sacred name Bibles. And to find ones with little or no information about them! This one is the "Scripture of Truth" Sacred Name Bible.

Update: I found a download for the Scripture of Truth. There are also downloads here for Halleluyah Scriptures, Word of Yahweh and The Scriptures.

Restored King James Version Bible Translation

The Restored King James Version Bible Translation is the work of Selwyn Russell. At that site, I was unable to download the PDF editions. Try this link and you should be able to get downloads. It is the Old Testament only. He has three different versions: one used JHVH, the second YHVH and the third uses YHWH for God's name. There is also a lite version which only changes the names but does not modernize any other English. The lite version includes the New Testament, where "Jesus" is replaced by "Yehoshua."

Sacred Name Bible, Updated King James Version

Today I found another sacred name Bible. This one is the Sacred Name Bible, Updated King James Version by Olive Press. It separated into the Torah, The Prophets, The History Books, Psalms and Proverbs and the New Testament.

Holy Bible: Sacred Name Restored

I ran across this Bible today. There isn't much information about the Bible itself. Any one know what version this is or who is responsible for it?

Abrahamic Bible Name Change

Simon Altaf's Abrahamic Bible has a new name. It is now known as the Hidden Truths Hebraic Scrolls. I do not know if any changes were made to the text, but the preview shows it is a 4th edition.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Verse by Verse Exegesis

Verse by Verse Exegesis is the website of Benjamin W. Brodie. Much of the New Testament has been translated already by Benjamin. The site also has his commentary on the NT. Here is an example of his work (John 1:1):
In a beginning [eternity past] the Word [Jesus Christ] was [continued existence]. Moreover, the Word [Jesus Christ] was face-to-face with God [intimate fellowship with the Father]. In fact, the Word [Jesus Christ] was God [deity].

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Open Bible

Kevin scores another find: The Open Bible is a creative commons license New Testament translation project by Tosin Ojumu. Actually, Kevin sent me the download for the book of Matthew (all that is finished so far) on Smashwords. Looking at the file led me to Tosin's blog. But he deserves credit for the find. The creative commons license means that it is free to use, but not to be modified.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Two More New Testaments

Kevin sent me a couple more links. One I've heard of, but didn't realize it had progressed so far. It is the translation of the "Going to Jesus" ministry. For more information visit their website here. Pastor John Clark, Sr. is one of the translators. The others aren't named. It doesn't appear the translation has been named yet.

The second NT is The Little Watchman Translation.