Trail Of Primary Bibles

Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by Rippon, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. Rippon

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    I thought I would ask this question of y'all . Down through some of your former years -- what has been your primary Bible version ? Has it been just one version , or different primary Bibles depending on particular periods in your life ?

    In my case as a boy I had several KJV's , a Good News Bible , A Living Bible and the pre-1995 NAS . It wasn't until 15 years ago that I got The Modern Language Bible : The Berkely Version . I remember being really passionate about this particular version . (I had another one of these in the 70's , but it had vanished before 1975 ). I remember Dave Hunt rolling his eyes at my choice version in the mid-90's . ( I was allowed to come to a conference for ministers even though I wasn't a preacher .)
    I went to South Korea in 1998 and had only my MLB with me -- no other versions . The Korean Pastor at my church gave me a NIV . I never owned one before . I then began the tedious task of copying all my notes from the MLB to my new acquisition . It took a year .

    When I eventually moved to Seoul and had access to Christian Bookstores I began buying multiple versions . My primarey ones now ? TNIV , HCSB and NLTse .
     
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    Thanks for the thread, Rippon. This has been an issue with me for the past 2 years. What is the version God wants me to read? Is it one? Is it all of them? It's troubling to me.

    My history: Up until I was saved at age 22, I had NO Bible knowledge. KJV when I was saved, but read very little of it because shortly after I was given the NASB, then I went to the Amplified, NIV, NASB (again), NLT, NKJV, NASB (again), and now I'm going back to the KJV. Although I consult all of them regularly.

    I have also chosen to forego the "study" Bibles and use a plain text. It's quite refreshing.
     
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    Started out with the KJV. In high school I used the Living Bible (and the Phillips NT) for a time before moving on to the NASB (original with ugly orange soft cover.) Stayed there until a few years ago, when I moved to the ESV and NET.
     
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    Amy , I agree with you about using a plain vanilla Bible . I prefer not to have a study Bible ( although some have been given to me as gifts ) . I do not have a hardbound copy of the NET yet . I just use it on-line .

    What version does the Lord want you to read ? In the English speaking we are blessed to have such a wide variety of versions . ( No , it's not a curse as some might rashly say . How can having ready access to the Word of God be a bad thing ? )

    I would suggest that folks need to compare several versions often to get a good perspective on a given text . Of course they need to refer to Bible study helps such as commentaries too . Looking at various renderings of a certain text is a profitable exercise . Dare to compare !
     
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    Does anyone here have/had F.F. Bruce's "Expanded Paraphrase of Paul's Epistles" ? That's not a full New Testament much less a complete Bible . However , I read that his work probably wouldn't be considered or classified as a paraphrase these days it would read like a more modified/literal version .
     
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    Like most, I grew up on the KJV, then switched to the NKJV then to the NIV then to the NASB95,

    But I consult other versions from time to time--I'm really fond of the NLTse and the HCSB, but got some issues with them--but the NASB95 remains my primary Bible, despite its weaknesses. :thumbs:
     
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    Amen, Brother Rippon -- Preach it! :thumbs:

    I consider the first sentence to be axiomatic:
    " ... compare several versions often to get
    a good perspective on a given text
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    I was led to Christ through God's word as found in the NASB, and only then did I begin to read other versions, beginning with the KJV.

    Nowadays, I mainly use the NKJV, but I certainly don't ignore the others, old or new.
     
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    I grew up KJV.. and will probably always be with a KJV.. I have a lot of verses memorized from the KJV..

    But I also use other versions to compare. I love e-sword...
    Also the NET.. I have a bound version.. and I love it.. it was well worth the investment... I got mine off of ebay for around $20.
     
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    Here is half an answer:

    Deacon (on another venue): // I purchased a Four Version Parallel
    NT (softcover) that I still have somewhere in the
    garage (KJV, Living, NASB, Amplified ???).//

    I had one of those. But I used all four of them.
    (I was in a Bible reading program for several /8 or so/
    years and read a different version each year.
    I probably reading the Living Bible most (I was familiar with
    the KJV).

    I would count that as FOUR BIBLES.
    I've started (Sept 2007)
    using my Today's Parallel Bible (Zondervan, 2002):
    every day and for my Sunday School Class I teach.
    It contains the KJV1873 Edition, NIV, Updated NASB,
    and NLT (New Living Translation).
    So everything in it is an upgrade of the old Parallel Bible I
    had before (well maybe not the NIV?).
    So I'll be counting that as 4 Bibles - Say, that is eight so
    far. I got saved in April 1952 so I've had a chance to
    use a lot of Bibles.

    I moved twice since my First Wife died. I probablyl
    don't have that old Parallel Bible??
     
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    I followed almost this same identical path, except instead of going with the NASB, I went with the NLT. I have since decided to use a new english translation each year (HCSB, NLTse currently)
     
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    I have a boring Bible trail.

    KJV
    NASB77


    I do have quite a few others for reference. AND my NASB pocket that I carry in my purse in a 95.

    OH, I had to use the NIV quite extensively when I was writing for Lifeway - but it wasn't by choice :D
     
  13. Ed Edwards

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    Latin Vulgate (Good Ol' Days)

    I just love the Latin Vulgate!

    Hey! I just love it when BBites get flamed on
    other boards. Here is some quotes from 2005:

    Citation available upon PM (if you don't know how
    to use Google yet)

    Gorsh! Some days we were elequent!
     
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    The Bible I started reading after getting saved was a NASB, then I read the NIV from cover to cover and really did not enjoy that version. I had stayed away from the KJV because I had a mind block on the Old English. But now after getting a Dakes and reading it, I take the notes with a grain of salt I enjoy the KJV.
    So I went out and purchased a Cambridge Wide-Margin KJV and now I read it as much as my NASB.
     
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    I started out with the Catholic bible, then after I got saved, the NIV but that just felt wrong to be reading. I then read the NASB and the NKJV. Then I switched to the KJV and believe this to be the best version, so that is what I read.
     
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    Which one?
     
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    Not really sure, whatever one was given to my grandmother when my grandfather died.
     
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    I too was raised on the KJV and still use it. But I also use the NKJV and the NASB. I study Scripture in the deepest detail when I use these 3 versions together.
     
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    I grew up using the KJV although one church gave me a RSV and another one gave me a NIV. I read Jack Chick's comic book and was scared to use any version other than the KJV for a long time. I decided to study the issue for myself. I am no longer KJVO. I use the KJV for the most part, but I also appreciate how other translations have added to my understanding of God's Word. Currently I am reading the NIV and the NLT SE.
     

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