It is the most translated book in all of history .... The Bible.
The many versions and translations of the Bible.
One book has been translated more than any other book throughout history. It stands out from all other books. The Holy Bible. The good book itself. It has survived despite many attempts to destroy it. It has always been under incredible scrutiny yet it survives through each and every storm. Coincidence? I think not. God's word is always going to be with us. No matter what. It always will be. Even in our own English language the Bible has many, many versions. Though, I think the message is always the same. It is transcendent and is with us generation after generation. It is an ALL TIME best seller. I am only a student of the Bible. I am a complete novice and quite inexperienced. I often oversimplify things and it is just one of my many, many faults. So for me it comes down to both the Old and New Testaments. Jesus tells us He is the new covenant. Here comes my oversimplification: God wanted His family back! Jesus paid the way and He paved the way for us to indeed be saved from our sin. Wow, what an incredible God that we indeed have. He loves us so very much. It is agape love. It is all the way. He is all in on us.
The Bible does not claim to be either a science book or a history book. Yet, all of the science and history in the Bible is true and comes to pass. It does not get any better than the Bible being our life manual. I could give many, many illustrations but this particular Hub is about versions and translations of the Bible. So here are a few examples though:
1. The Bible says the earth will be suspended in the air. While no person can explain gravity, the Bible clearly denotes the Earth's gravitational pull. We will not and do not fall off of the earth while it spins.
2. Israel will become a nation again after not having a homeland for two thousand years. On May 14, 1948, Israel does become a nation again.
3. The prediction of the destruction of the Great Temple. This is where we get the expression, "no stone left unturned." This great structure would have been like a city within a city. It was grandiose. The walls were made out of 30 foot by 12 foot mortar blocks. It would have looked like a fortress. At first, the Apostles are doubtful but as they realize Who is telling them these things ... God is telling them so then they want to know the who, what, where, when and why. So, in 70 AD, the son of Nero, Titus, comes into Jerusalem and destroys the Great temple. It takes six full months to systematically destroy the temple. It is still in ruins today.
4. The Old Testament speaks very specifically about circumcision. It instructs to wait seven full days and then begin the procedure on a newborn male. I believe it was in the late 1930's when it is discovered medically that it takes seven days for blood to build up to the point of coagulation as to promote proper healing and proper scabbing. God's instruction is always completely amazing. He always knows what is best for us even if we do not know it ourselves.
I have many others or should I say that He does. Suffice it to say that God does not need defending and certainly does not need one of His servants to defend Him. He always exists right in your heart if you are indeed looking for Him.
As far as we know, the Bible was written in Hebrew and then later transcribed into Latin and later into English. It has survived wars and War Lords, burning and banishment and even slander, insult and ridicule. It is still with us and always will be. Jesus says, "My words will never pass away." The history of the Bible is so very compelling. Many have tried unsuccessfully to destroy it. Here is the thing though: it cannot and will not be destroyed. In the mid 1500's Scotland alone made it illegal to even have a Bible. Other countries have also tried to put an end to the good book but they have also been unsuccessful. Like our Jesus, the Bible lives on. I love the acronym for BIBLE:
Basic, Instruction, Before, Leaving, Earth. That is exactly what it is. It is God's instruction manual for our lives. It is a clear message of LOVE. I will move on to the versions:
One of the most used versions of the Bible is the King James or the more modern New King James Bible. One of it's most alluring qualities is it's very clear word for word translation. It was first published in 1610 and became so popular in our 20th century that the New King James was introduced in 1982. I will list here the several Bibles, their theme and general audience:
AMP Amplified Bible Word for Word plus amplification. Those looking for detailed meaning
CEV Contemporary English Version Thought for thought Unchurched persons,easy to read.
ESV English Standard Version Word for Word For readers of all ages.
GW God's Word Balance of word for word and thought for thought. Adults and children.
HCSB Holman Christian Standard Balance All ages
KJV King James Version Word for word Conservative and Protestant.
TM The Message Converts to modern American speech. Seeking fresh translation.
NAB New American Bible Word for Word. Catholic Audience.
NASB New American Standard Word for word. Conservative evangelical Protestant
NCV New Century Version Balance Highly readable in today's language.
NIV New International Version Balance Evangelical Christians.
NIRV New International Readers Balance Children
NKJV New King James Version Word for Word Readable version also for study.
NLT New Living Translation Balance Adults and Children.
NRSV New Revised Standard Version Balance Mainline and interconfessional
TNIV Today's New International Version Balance Readability without sacrificing accuracy
When considering these Bibles one also must consider these factors: writing tense,verse, mood and observation. Tense could be present ( current or continuous ), perfect ( ongoing results ) imperfect ( past but continuous ), future ( future but undefined ), aorist ( undefined, usually past ).
Voice could be active,passive, middle.
Mood could be indicative, imperative or subjunctive.
Observation would be focus and one word at a time.
Here are some verses on the Bible:
1Timothy 4:5 For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.
2nd Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,for re proof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
Ephesians 4:19 To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that youmay be filled with all the fullness of God.
Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
Hebrews 4:12 For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God bless always.