Which Bible Translation Is Best?

Which Bible Translation Is Best?

What version of the Bible do you use? Why have you chosen it? Do you use other versions as well? Just last weekend I was listening to a pastor speak to an ecumenical group and one person asked the pastor which version of the Bible he prefers. He discussed three or four translations he likes and explained why. I appreciated his answer, especially in light of an article I’d just read.  It talks about the Bible and all the translations available to us today. The position this author takes is too important not to discuss here at Living in the Word. Jost Zetzsche is a translation technology consultant, a translator, and an author. He shares in the opening paragraphs of the article about how most sermons these days involve the explanation by a pastor of various...

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The Books of the Bible

The Books of the Bible

February is Bible shopping month at Living in the Word! This year, I have been shopping by mail and I have an intriguing and important Bible to share with you. It’s called The Books of the Bible and is an updated NIV-version Bible with no study notes and, picture this–no chapter or verse numbers. With this Bible, it feels like I’m reading a book! Before I say any more, read this description from Glenn Paauw of Biblica. A strange thing has happened to the way we engage the Bible. We’ve grown accustomed to reading the Bible mostly in small fragments. We receive our verse-of-the-day, or maybe a few sentences in our devotionals—often separating the words and ideas of Scripture from their original context. We’ve moved away from experiencing the...

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Finding the Bible Online–There’s a Big Bible World Out There!

Finding the Bible Online–There’s a Big Bible World Out There!

So, how do you read the Bible? By that I mean, do you hold a printed version in your lap and turn pages? Or do you sit at a computer or hold a mobile device in your hands and scroll through online passages? Last winter I talked in a post about my trip Bible Shopping for my teenage son’s birthday. After considering lots of options I chose a leather-and-paper Bible to accompany him into adulthood. What I didn’t touch on in that post, though, is the fact that while he really likes his new Bible and uses it a lot, he also uses his IPod to read Scripture quite often. And he’s not alone. With no help from me Collin, like teenagers everywhere, has located apps and websites that give him any passage of the Bible in any translation he wants in...

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Bible Shopping

Bible Shopping

I went Bible shopping last week on the occasion of my oldest son becoming a teenager. He was ready for a Bible to travel with him into adulthood and 13 seemed a good milestone for this gift. Of course, selecting a Bible is no small task, and I realized shortly into my bookstore excursion that I would not get any other errands done that afternoon. Ninety minutes later I walked out with a Bible that we both like a lot. I know it will serve him well and I’m grateful for the many hours that two editors put into this Bible. I chose the NIV Student Bible (http://www NULL.zondervan NULL.com/Cultures/en-US/Product/ProductDetail NULL.htm?ProdID=com NULL.zondervan NULL.9780310437291&QueryStringSite=Zondervan) edited by Philip Yancey and Tim Stafford. Although I...

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