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The Bible

Isaiah 40:6-8
The voice said, "Cry out!" And he said, "What shall I cry?" "All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever."
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What is the Word of God?

How important is it to you personally?

Hod do you interpret God's Word?

Are the Scriptures the sole, ultimate authority for your faith and life?

While the Bible is the Word of God, it goes without saying that there are many different views of the Bible in today's world. It is my belief that for the Christian, there is only ONE proper view of Scripture. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD!

The Bible represents the written revelation of God given to mankind as a means of learning about God, sin, mankind, creation, and a variety of other things ("doctrines") for which we all crave knowledge. Written by over 40 different authors over a 1600 year period, the Bible is written in varying literary styles and types. The Bible is a single work, unified in its story - and that story is the salvation of God to fallen, sinful man through His Son, Jesus. The entire Bible, at least from Genesis 3:15 through the end of the book of Revelation, is about Jesus Christ.

Our word Bible comes from the Greek biblion, meaning book or roll. The word "scripture(s)" comes from the Greek graphe, meaning writing. The original manuscripts were written in Hebrew (the common language of the Jewish people), Aramaic (the common language of the Near East until about B.C. 300 and the language of the Jewish exile), and Greek, the common world language during the first century.

I hold the view that the original manuscripts or autographs of the Holy Bible were without error (“inerrant”).  I also believe that there are many good translations in circulation today.  The original Old Testament was written almost entirely in Hebrew, although a few sections were written in Aramaic. The original New Testament was written in Greek.

Over the centuries, both the Old and New Testaments have been translated into numerous languages.  And, in many languages, such as English, there is more than one good translation.

Most of the Scriptures provided within the pages of this WEB site will be using the New King James Version.  I currently have a personal preference for this version. It provides the benefits of a modern translation, easy to read and understand, while matching the manuscript sources of the King James. This means that it does not follow the current scholarly critical manuscripts. 

I believe the critical manuscripts are more likely closer in accuracy to the originals than are those used for the King James and New King James Versions. But, I grew up reading King James, so my current preference is for the New King James.

My favorite study Bible is the New Schofield which is based upon the King James text, but has numerous translation corrections, making it closer to the New King James.

I also use the New American Standard Bible, the New International Version, the Amplified Bible, the NET Bible, The New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips, as well as many others. I was saved at a point in my life when the NIV was my Bible of choice. As I write these WEB pages you may find verses from any of these translations.

I have placed all of the Bible copyright notices on one page and clicking on the version abbreviation will take you to this page. In those instances where Scripture references are provided, rather than a complete verse, clicking the reference will produce a new window containing the verse. 

 

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