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Amplified Bible

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by Erin, May 6, 2006.

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  1. Erin

    Erin New Member

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    I didnt' see a thread about the Amplified Bible, so I'm starting one. What is everyones opinion on this translation? I think it's pretty good. Except the extra explainations of words are IN the text and it jumbles it up a bit if you aren't used to reading it. For example John 3:16 says this:

    For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.


    The () is a definition and extra explaination of the word before it. and the [] is an additional word to better explain the text.And when there is a cross reference, it's at the end of the verse being read.


    Thoughts? Comments?
     
  2. Rippon

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    I think that the word "so" is wrongly used . It should be along the lines of ... " in order that those who believe in Him ... "
     
  3. DesiderioDomini

    DesiderioDomini New Member

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    I find it annoying to read. I find it impossible to teach from.

    Thats 3 strikes in my book. However, many people love it, and I am unaware of a gross error in it.

    To each his own....
     
  4. william s. correa

    william s. correa New Member

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    [attack on the Word of God snipped - if you don't like something about a translation, version, paraphrase, commentary, share it. But attack language will not be tolerated, bro!]

    [ May 06, 2006, 03:52 PM: Message edited by: Dr. Bob ]
     
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    The Amplified Bible ? Well , if Joyce Myer likes it , that's good enough for me ! ( I'm kidding .) But Dr.L-Jones enjoyed it . Personally it would be confusing for a new believer , and it should not be a mainstay for anyone . I think it has the potential to be as harmful as it is helpful . I think a couple of cults use it . I mentioned Myers -- she is cultic .
     
  6. Keith M

    Keith M New Member

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    The Amplified Bible is an honest attempt to add richness and shades of meaning to the English Bible. There are so many times when English readers have a preconceived idea of what something may mean, while the original Greek or Hebrew may have had a bit different meaning. The Ampplified Bible seeks to convey these meanings to today's readers. It is not, as Mr. Correa so erroneously posted "just trying to divert your mind from the truth!"
     
  7. Ransom

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    Thoughts? Comments?

    In my experience, many users of the Amplified Bible make the mistake of thinking that just because a given passage has explanatory notes, everything that is said in that passage is both true and correct. This is an exegetical fallacy known as "illegitimate totality transfer." Words rarely, if ever, mean all they could mean at one given usage.
     
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    I use the Amplied in my own personal studies. I find it helps bring clarity to many passages by showing a deeper meaning to the context.

    In Christ,
    Trotter
     
  9. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator
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    I agree that it is confusing and should be considered what it really is - A COMMENTARY. It is not a translation or paraphrase.

    And, imho, not a very accurate commentary. But know many who have devotions from it and God still blesses His Word.
     
  10. standingfirminChrist

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    I like the Amplified, but I think it goes overboard in some verses. Look at Galatians 3:1

    1O YOU poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless Galatians! Who has fascinated or bewitched or cast a spell over you, unto whom--right before your very eyes--Jesus Christ (the Messiah) was openly and graphically set forth and portrayed as crucified?

    Got a little carried away in pointing out their ignorance. lol
     
  11. Erin

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    Good points....hmmm....
     
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    Standing firm,

    In that case, I would disagree. It seems as if Paul is using strong words to describe their ignorance. Not that I am defending the Amp, but I dont find it guilty in this instance.
     
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    Desiderio,

    You don't think if someone was trying to call you foolish, as the KJV says, that using several other names would not be going overboard to get the point across?

    Foolish - poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless

    Why not just say they were acting as fools as the KJV says? Why use five different words as if trying to rub it in?
     
  14. william s. correa

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    (Jer. 23:36 KJB)
    a blend of Gnosticism, Platonism & Mysticism is the Amplified Version&gt; see Philippians 2:66Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [c]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped [d]or retained KJB "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:"
    bro!
     
  15. Dr. Bob

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    WSC - Phil 2:6 in the AV is one of the most difficult verses to understand. I'd stay far from it if using an example of "clear" wording.

    Jesus was not God, just the form of God
    Jesus was a robber
    Jesus wanted to be equal with God

    Don't know HOW many times I've had to parse the verse and explain it to children or new believers (and some used believers who just had a hard time understanding).

    The amplified here would be very helpful - it explains the cobbled wording of the AV much better than I.
     
  16. william s. correa

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    Point taken; but how many teachers will teach out diffrent text books in the same classroom and the students reading from different text books.It would be Confusing and we all need to be likeminded.
     
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    Standing firm,
    isnt that the point? There are so many nuances in greek and hebrew that cant translate into one word in english.

    I looked up that greek word, and in the various dictionaries I found each of those words found in the Amplified.

    Once again, just because the KJV does something, doesnt make it perfect accurate. In some cases, the Amplified will give the reader a better understanding of what the meaning is.
     
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    I don't really care for how the Amplified reads but it is nice in that it gives you the different alternative translation possibilities.
     
  19. Marcia

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    But they aren't always different alternative translations because context has to be considered. So giving those words does not mean those words could have necessarily been used for that passage. Someone who teaches Greek and Hebrew told me this.

    On top of that, I find reading the Amplified awkward and distracting.
     
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