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The New International Version

by Jeremy

It’s been over a month since the last post here, and that hiatus came about for several reasons.  First, the holiday season tends to be busy for everyone; second, my attention has been repeatedly drawn to other things when I had set aside time to work on this; third, I was temporarily missing the creative […]

Bible in a Year

by Jeremy

Just yesterday, I finished reading the entire Bible in a year—11 days early, in fact!  It has been quite an experience. Being me, I of course went a bit overboard, putting together a spreadsheet to divide up the readings very evenly (all things considered).  And I added in the apocrypha, since I’d never read most […]

The New American Standard Bible

by Jeremy

If the ASV occupies a place in my heart, then the New American Standard Bible occupies a place in my gallbladder. Now that I have your attention… let’s dial back that sentiment just a bit.  It is again held for personal reasons, and again I’ve never used this version as my go-to, daily use bible.  […]

The American Standard Version

by Jeremy

The American Standard Version occupies a special place in my heart, even though I’ve never used it as my go-to, daily-use Bible.  When I was a kid, I had the privilege to hear many sermons delivered by my dad (here’s an example, from one of his visits to Lincoln).  Throughout my childhood, and even when […]

The New King James Version

by Jeremy

Last time, we discussed the venerated King James Bible, its history, attributes, strengths, and flaws.  Some of its major drawbacks were addressed in 1982, through the updated New King James Version. Specifically, the English was adapted to better suit a modern audience—this is easily the most notable feature of this Bible in comparison to the […]

Politics

by Jeremy

In light of last night’s election, and the inevitable post-election commentary, discussion, relief, and despair, I think I should point out we tend to have overblown perceptions of the importance of these events.  My go-to passage for discussing this is Psalm 2; fortunately, Nathan Quinn delivered a lesson for us on this topic just a […]

The 2016 Teen Meeting

by Jeremy

This past Friday and Saturday, we had our 12th annual teen meeting.  For those who don’t know, this is basically a series of lessons geared specifically toward teenage Christians and soon-to-be Christians, delivered by a speaker (typically) invited from elsewhere, as well as time for worship and fellowship led by adult members.  This year, the […]

The King James Version

by Jeremy

  (See last week’s post for an introduction to this topic) Let’s start with the venerable King James Bible.  First published in 1611, this version claims the title of most printed book ever.  Even though it is more than 400 years old, it is still retained and used by many Christians. The reasons behind this […]

What is the Best Bible Translation? (Intro)

by Jeremy

What is the best translation of the Bible?  This question is asked quite frequently, for a handful of reasons.  If you’ve read many of the articles on this site already, then you can probably guess the direction this discussion will go, but even if you know the answer, it’s a good idea to examine the […]

(How) Should We Use the LXX?

by Jeremy

Last week, we further examined the differences between the Septuagint and the Masoretic Text, and concluded that the MT is at least as good as the LXX.  So, if this the case, should we bother with the LXX at all? This is a somewhat prickly question, because each text has such strong points in its […]