Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Layman's Translation of the New Testament

I was recently notified of the Layman's Translation of the New Testament by Joel Cartmell.  It was edited by his wife, Lorraine Cartmell.  There is a PDF available for free on Scribd or a print copy can be ordered on  You might also want to read his personal testimony.  The preface reads as follows:
This is a dynamic equivalent translation, which is a cross between a literal translation and a paraphrase. Parts of this translation are translated word for word, and other parts are paraphrased. I would not recommend this translation for bible study unless a literal translation is used alongside it. The purpose of this translation is to make the New Testament easy to read and understand. I am only a layman, and I have no credentials. But I love the bible and wanted to translate the New Testament in a way that I could easily understand and quickly read through. I have worked on this for many years under much affliction, but I thank God for His grace! I could not have done this without God’s help. I also thank God for my wife. She has helped me greatly and has patiently supported me. I thank the Lord for my daughter Jaine, and the little one that is on its way! I also thank the Lord for all that my parents have done for us.

Link thanks to JH.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Amplified Bible updated

The Amplified Bible was updated this year (2015).  You can read it on Bible Gateway.  The older Amplified Bible is now called the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition on Bible Gateway.  The Lockman page states:
The appeal and readability of the 2015 edition of the Amplified Bible has been broadened by refreshing the English and refining the amplifications for relevance and clarity. The Amplified Bible is now easier to read and better than ever to study and understand. The Amplified Bible now includes more amplification in the Old Testament and refined amplification in the New Testament. Additionally, the Bible text has been improved to read smoothly with or without amplifications, so the text may be read clearly either way. The same feel and style of amplification has been carefully maintained, so those who read the classic Amplified Bible will easily transition to the new text and appreciate its improvements.
 You can view some examples of changes to the newer AMP.  I have not found a full list of the changes yet.  Please leave a comment with a link if you find such a list.

If you are interested in the original Amplified Bible, check Lockman's page:  Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Berean Study Bible

Last year I posted about the Berean Study Bible.  I got notice (thanks, JH) that the New Testament is now ready.  The home page has information about the work.  The text itself is found on Bible Hub.