If you could have Only one bible translation and one other study tool, what would your 2 choices be?
There are many bible study tools available. If you were limited to only two items, which would you choose? Which Bible translation and which other tool?
The (NKJV) and Strong's concordance.I rely on these two the most. However I do have 6 other translations of the bible that I sometimes use.
St. James, St. James. None of the modern versions that have destroyed the beauty and poetry. When Pete Seeger wrote, Turn, Turn Turn, he stuck to the poetry and scan of the Book of Eccleisiastes.
If you want poetry yes. But if you want understandability and more accuracy then nkjv.
I have read some bits of the NKJV, not a patch on the 1611 v. I agree that to the modern reader, the King James can be, sometimes, obscure; however, that is the fault of modern education.
Sorry, I should have said king James, not Saint
As an Englishman I'm always wondering why Americans love an archaic KJV over something modern as English people generally do. Perhaps they wistfully wished they had culture.
KJV and Strong's, probably because they are the most familiar.
But why limit yourself?
Isn't the object of study: learning and understanding? Why limit yourself to various translations of the Bible? Why not study other religions, too? Sound like sacrilege? Why? Sure there are many false teachings in the world, but I'm more afraid of false Christian teachings masquerading as Truth. Would God send multiple messengers to Earth in many cultures to help lead them back to the light? Why not? And if those other teachings are off a bit, would not comparison help us learn to look at Christianity and the Bible from a new and fresher perspective, possibly one more in the spirit instead of the letter? Remember: the letter killeth and the spirit giveth life.
I have learned so much by a broader approach to the Bible's Truths. I have discovered a biblical timeline compatible with those of science. I have discovered the Jewish mystics' Kabbalistic "Tree of Life" embedded in two chapters of Genesis. And that's why I'm writing, "The Bible's Hidden Wisdom, God's Reason for Noah's Flood."
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-b … /x/2790782
A literal translation to bypass the dogmatic interpretations of the translation committee, and a Strongs's.
I love the language of the King James, but for study I use the Global Study Bible, the English Standard Version. It is so helpful and has wonderful cross-references, maps and lots of information, looking at it from a global perspective. Strong is useful, but for personal daily Bible study I especially like "Bible Characters and Doctrines." It is well set-out with each of the sixteen little books intended for use for three months, so that the whole Bible has been covered in four years. It was published by Scripture Union and I guess it's getting old now, but I still use it. Every now and then I try something else, but then come back to these as they're so user-friendly and cover such a lot of ground.
The Tanakh (Jewish Bible) and the Talmud (the Central Text of Judaism) which gives explanation in detail of the Hebrew bible
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