Which versions For A New Christian to read and study from?

Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by Yeshua1, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Yeshua1

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    What version(s) would you recommend?
     
  2. Gregory Perry Sr.

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    Only...

    Since you asked....The King James Bible...ONLY...(of course)..along with a good Websters Dictionary and a Strongs Concordance. As for the Bible, I'd recommend either the Old Scofield (Oxford edition) or maybe even better..."The DEFINED King James Bible" published by D.A.Waite at Bible For Today. I like the Scofield because of the handy concordance that it contains which has been quite help running down cross-references during church when the pastor quotes something that brings something else to mind.

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    My real preference would be KJV paralleled with the Amplified/ESV.
    Though I have not found a bound edition of that yet, I can make them using esword on my pc though.
     
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    have you ever tried the sword bible, easier to read kjv version?
     
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    If I only get one, NIV Study Bible
     
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    No...but...


    Actually no...but I'd be willing to look it over. Where can I find one? By the way...to address the nit-pickers that may come along hereafter......when I recommend the KJV, I am talking about that in reference to english-speaking people only. As for equivalent translations in other languages, I'd have to research the matter before commenting or recommending anything. I ONLY speak English so that is the ONLY language I can comment about.

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    There website is the Sword bible, and the ONLY bible they supply is the 1611 KJV, with certain word changesto assist the reader...

    picked one up in Family bookstore...

    large print, seems to be like the old scofield 1967 edition!
     
  8. Oldtimer

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    The one that I pick up first to both read and study is the King James Bible. The study version that I'm using now is based on the Cambridge Paragraph Bible of 1873.

    Have several other hardcopy versions, including an ASV bearing copyright of 1901 & 1929. Plus commentaries and such.

    That said, one of the advantages of this computer is access to sites with multiple versions available for comparision of scriptures. Additionally, new & old dictionaries, both hardcopy & online which help with study regardless of the version being read. And even more commentaries.

    For controversial subjects, one of the best tools available today is a good search engine. More than one, as a matter of fact. It's interesting to note the differences in results between Google & Yahoo, for example. Another interesting note is that sometimes these engines will turn up results from BB that the search within the board didn't. -- using the same key words!

    All that said, the KJB is the one that's usually either at my elbow on my desk or on the seat of my truck. Better'n any magazine in a waiting room. Love to get the question of "What ya read'n?" while sitt'n and wait'n.
     
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    Amen Brother...Amen

    I try to be OBVIOUS about my reading material when I am in a waiting room....but I'm sure some of the unbelievers probably aren't comfortable with it.

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    Avoid the NIV or the Message. The ESV, NKJV, or KJV would be great.
     
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    Would also add the Nas1995 edition, and the HCSB, as that version is the Niv done right!
     
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    Agree with NIV, but not so much the Study edition. The notes frequently present many viewpoints with the end result a lot of confusion.

    Note: I bring my KJV to church and have most memorized scripture from it, but I prefer NKJV when I read online.
     
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    The gas is quickly leaving your balloon. Hardly any other language groups are basing their translations on the RT. Yes,I know JoJ is an exception.

    To waste so much gas on KJVOlyism is a pity when it concerns such a small number of people.
     
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    Are you aware of the vazst differences between those two?

    Of those three the ESV is clearly the best option.
     
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    Then, why do you waste so much gas? :confused:

    "small number of people." Thanks for bringing this verse to mind. :flower:

    Matthew 18: KJB

    19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

    20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
     
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    Thanks....

    Bro_Oldtimer....thanks as usual for adding your usual "clarity" to the discussion. It is appreciated at least by me.

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    For 'serious studies" wouldn't all 3 though be preferred to the latest Niv?
     
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    NO! The KJV and NKJV are far inferior to the NIV. I would go as far to say the NKJV is inferior to the KJV.

    Overall I would say the NIV is clearer then the ESV to the average reader, though if you grew up hearing the KJV read, the ESV would sound more familiar, though I don't know that I would call it more accurate because I think both are accurate and do a good job while at the same time there are times when they both leave you scratching your head.
     
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    when one is into serious study time with the bible though, wouldn't a formal translation be truererto the actual originals though?
     
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    You sound like Bill Clinton when he misused Scripture "eye has not seen and ear has not heard what we can build."

    Your precious man-made deviant* doctrine of KJVOnlyism is so sloppy and unscriptural. you'd think if it was so imporant then it should affect the majority of the world's population.

    * I use the word "deviant" in the sense of deviating from the norm of most regenerate believers who know that the Word of God cannot be forced into the narrow little hole of the KJV as being the only legitimate Bible translation.
     

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