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MoonBreath
May 20th, 2009, 01:22 PM
i would like to own a more updated bible, but there are so many varieties to choose from! i've read good things about the New Revised Standard Version, so i might end up purchasing a copy of it. What do you think?

john.a
May 21st, 2009, 01:41 PM
It completely depends on what you'd like to do with your Bible. Are you looking for an authoritative, academic translation with concordances and translator's notes? Are you going to be reading it daily for meditation?

It also depends on whether you'd like the OT, the NT or both. It depends on what religion or faith you follow. If you're Christian, your denomination may prefer a specific translation or set of translations.

Translation issues may arise regarding which texts one would use as a base and this depends in denomination again. With regards to the OT, Western Christianity has tended to favour a translation based on the Masoretic texts while Eastern Christianity tends to favour the Septuagint (Greek being the language of the Eastern empire and a liturgical language of Eastern Christianity).

It's not even an issue of translation sometimes, but an issue as to which books you'd want included. Protestants have 7 books less than Catholics. The Eastern Orthodox churches can have up to 6 books more than Catholics. The Oriental Orthodox churches can have up to 4 more than the Eastern Orthodox. So in total, that's almost 17 more books than the standard Protestant bible.

These are some things to think about when buying a Bible. =) Being Catholic myself, I simply pick up the New Jerusalem Bible which supposedly translates straight from the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Our scholars are greatly (though they may admittedly have their own bias)!

MoonBreath
May 21st, 2009, 03:02 PM
"Are you looking for an authoritative, academic translation with concordances and translator's notes? " <- this is the kind of bible i would be interested in having. :) I like how the New Revised Standard edition includes some of the books from the Catholic Bible that arn't originally in the protestant bibles. Plus the description on amazon.com and the reviewers said that it was put together by scholars. I can't remember, does the NRS Version have some of the books from the eastern orthodox church as well?

sparrowspirit
July 17th, 2009, 07:04 PM
I have my mother's bible, and its a KJV.... while it comes in handy, I'd like to buy one of my own, but I'll be using it for study and meditation. also, does anyone know of a good devotional book for women?

Agaliha
July 17th, 2009, 07:13 PM
also, does anyone know of a good devotional book for women?

I don't know how good these are, but here's a few (links to Amazon) to woman's devotional Bibles:
New Women's Devotional Bible (http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Devotional-Bible-Zondervan-Publishing/dp/0310936136/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247872189&sr=8-1) by Zondervan Publishing House
NIV Womens Devotional Bible (http://www.amazon.com/Womens-Devotional-Bible-Zondervan-Publishing/dp/0310916305/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247872198&sr=8-1) by Zondervan Publishing
NIV Womens Devotional Bible 2 (http://www.amazon.com/NIV-Womens-Devotional-Bible-2/dp/0310918421/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247872198&sr=8-9) by Zondervan
Sanctuary: A Devotional Bible for Women, New Living Translation (http://www.amazon.com/Sanctuary-Devotional-Bible-Living-Translation/dp/1414310323/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247872198&sr=8-14) (Bonded Leather - Nov 1, 2006)
Women of Faith Devotional Bible: A Message of Grace & Hope for Every Day (http://www.amazon.com/Women-Faith-Devotional-Bible-Message/dp/0718003780/ref=sr_1_25?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247872274&sr=8-25) by Thomas Nelson (Hardcover - Aug 24, 2003)
Catholic Women's Devotional Bible (http://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Womens-Devotional-Bible-Spangler/dp/0310900611/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247872198&sr=8-4) by Ann Spangler


I'm not 100% sure if some of these are full Bibles or if they're part Bible text with devotionals. There are even more straight devotionals out there, for women (http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_i_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3Adevotional+woman&keywords=devotional+woman&ie=UTF8&qid=1247872361) and tons of other categories. You can also use the Google Book search for some titles to see if your like the text and devotionals. Or check out the public library. :)

Hope those help! :)

Cunae
July 17th, 2009, 07:36 PM
User friendly, easy translation that I use for daily reading: New Century Version. For Bible study, NIV.

sparrowspirit
July 17th, 2009, 08:24 PM
thank you so much :) those links have helped. I'll definitely look into some of them.

john.a
July 30th, 2009, 01:15 PM
Wow, I completely forgot I had replied to this thread a long time ago. I'm so sorry.

I myself have been doing a little research lately. Because I am Catholic, I prefer to use a set of Bibles approved by the Catholic Church so I won't bother trying to suggest those.

HOWEVER, I do suggest picking up a good set of scholarly books to read alongside with your Bible study: Reading the Old Testament by Lawrence Boadt and Introduction to the New Testament by Raymond Brown. They should be at your public library or you can order it in from any major bookstore. They have been an invaluable resource for me.

A much more expensive, and rare option is the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.

When reading the Bible, for any layman such as you and I, a guide to the literature is very invaluable because the idea that anyone can read the Bible and interpret it for themselves is a very dangerous one: as you can see, many of have interpreted the Bible in ways that are very unproductive for humanity. It has been used to support violence, intolerance and it has been used to pinpoint its contradictions. At the very least, one must have a guide that pinpoints some logical, cultural and "temporal" issues that are at play during certain passages.

If you want something a little more critical, pick up any book by Bart Ehrman, who was a very devout Christian, but is now an atheist. He is still, though biased, a very world renowned scholar in Early Christianity.

You would do much by soaking in from both sides. =)