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Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by DaChaser1, Feb 25, 2012.
Do you use something like the NLT or ESV study bibles off the web for primary study use?
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I only use the ESV Study Bible on the web for my devotions because they have the reading plan set up for me. Otherwise, I don't like to use the web-based ones in case I am someplace where I don't have web or my internet is down. I am uncomfortable getting too internet-dependent.
Same concern here. Not only for myself, but for Christians, in general. If something dramatic doesn't happen, paper printing will be almost, if not completely, obsolete in the next 10-20 years. Then, we'll be at the mercy of electronic media and who happens to control it in the future.
I'm afraid, also, that far few people realize just how easily "magnetic media" can be destroyed. Both from natural causes and man-made ones. FWIW, I spent years telling folks that I couldn't recover their files, their only copy, from corrupted sources. From damaged 8" floppy disks, early on, to hard drive crashes in later years.
Look at cell phones, today, as an indicator, of the future for many, when hardcopy isn't readily available. A nephew dropped his and didn't notice. Ran over it with his truck. All his collected data was lost. A friend has an electronic assistant (can't remember the name of it at the moment). She has everything from her Dr. appointments, birthdays, shopping lists, to etc. in it. Carries it with her everywhere. I hope she doesn't accidently run over it one day, too.
All that said, :laugh:
A: I have a pretty hefty list of sites, in a folder labeled "Study Aids" that I use in conjunction with both scripture study, itself, and other related studies.
B: If I'm away from home for any material length of time, my paper study Bible goes with me. It's becoming as automatic to pick it up as it is for the car keys and my hat.
C: This example relates to a daily devotion. However, it does also help to evaluate/recognize on going changes in anything scripture related. I have a daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, copyright 1963. Given to me by a friend last Christmas, it had never been used.
Found TWO versions on line of what appeared to be the same journal. That is, until I started comparing the printed version (which I use daily) to this link. http://utmost.org/
Later ran across this link, which, so far, appears to be the same as the paper one. http://utmost.org/classic/today/
Without having a printed copy from approximately 1963 or a bit later, I wouldn't have known that someone has changed what this man had to say. BTW, he died in 1917.
Yes, I'm am concerned about being too dependent on electronic media, not just the Internet by itself.
Oh, BTW, just as a side note.... CD's and DVD's will soon go the way of VHS tapes. Once the player equipment disappears from general access, we'll be tossing our collections of disks or several possibilities, either time consuming and/or expensive.
Thanks for letting me ponder on your response, Ann.
I DO like the convenience of everything on my iPad but I just worry about the times we don't have internet. We go away on our sailboat for 3 weeks every summer and we bring our own wifi with us and there are times we don't get service (Connecticut River is one location where we get VERY sketchy service). So then what do I do? If I use the app, I'm OK but what if my battery is low? We're on a sailboat and we have limited power and honestly, we need it more for water pressure and electronics to navigate than for my iPad. So hard copies are the better way to go.
Then there was the year the entire northeast had a blackout and nothing worked. THEN what??? So hard copies will be the way I will tend to go except for little conveniences like when I read my devotions when I first wake up in the morning and read on my iPad because I can increase the font size easily.
There are good iPhone/iPad apps that have reading plans that can go wherever you go. I use the Accordance iOS app, because it has all the bible software modules I've purchased with Accordance. It's amazing that one can have access to so many weighty books (but most of all THE book) in the palm of his hand and use it throughout the day. In fact, I use this app more than any other.
Thanks! I'll look into that!