I ran across this article from Bible Review, "The Holy Bible, a Buyer's Guide." By Leonard J. Greenspoon. Some of you may find it interesting as the author gives his own "ideal" translation for the first couple of verses in Genesis. He offers brief comments on a goodly number of versions starting with the King James and ending with the "Cotton Patch." One unusual version mentioned is the "Schocken Bible." Has that one been discussed here? quote: In my opinion, a copy of the King James Version belongs in every household. And this holds true not only for Protestants, but also for Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, Jews, adherents of other religions, and believers in none. The KJV is not just an English classic; it is the English classic, and everyone should have easy access to its elegant diction and cadence. End quote. Who can argue with that? Dr. Greenspoon was one of my old college professors. While certainly not a Baptist, he always has something interesting to say. link: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/BibleBuyersGuide.pdf A.F.