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{} Languages Of The Bible
The Bible was originally written in three languages.  Most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, while parts of Daniel and Nehemiah were written in Aramaic. The New Testament was written in Greek.


{} Bible Translations
In questioning of the different Bible translations:

From early times men saw the need to translate the Bible so that everyone could read it in their own language. However, no translation is exactly alike between languages, and it should be noted that in some languages there is simply no translated word for some of the original words of the Bible. By the way, if you would like to know the word count for the Bible, it is 774,746 words.

None of the original manuscripts of the Bible exist today, but because God’s Word will not be put out or destroyed, over the ages there are still some good manuscripts existing that are copies of the originals.

Something to think about is this: When Moses broke the first set of tablets God made, guess what? God took Moses right back up on the mountain and did them again! When the scrolls that Jeremiah had written per God’s instructions were destroyed, God had them written again-- and each time the messages was the exact same. God didn’t change His mind or change His Word simply because man didn’t like them. (You can read more about these incidents in the devotional “The Endurance of God’s Word” in the devotional section of this book.)

  • There has been a lot of controversy over the truthfulness of the Bible of today; many have questioned the Bible’s integrity. While there are many people “out there” who will try to corrupt God’s Word, the simple truth is God Himself will protect His Word. Man does not really need to “stick up for God” or prove His Word true. I am not saying we as Christians should not stand up for our belief and for Christ and the TRUTH of salvation; I am simply saying that when it comes to questioning God’s Word, HE is more than able and willing to prove the authenticity of His Word and His existence. 

  • My thought is that if anyone wants to question the Bible, then I suggest that  they should READ the Bible for 40 days and let the Bible speak for itself. But I also mean to truly read it-- make a real commitment to read God’s Word for at least 20 minutes, with an open mind for 40 days and see what God does to validate His Word, before speaking against the Bible or saying that the Bible is just man’s interpretation or writing.

In getting back to the various versions of the Bible: Today there are three main types of Bible translations: word-for-word, thought-for-thought and paraphrase.

A literal translation Bible (also known as a “word for word” version) is an effort to express a literal word for what the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek word actually meant; only adding additional words when absolutely necessary,  so that the true and original meaning can be understood. These Bibles are good for a more profound and richer (deeper) study of God’s Word. Though they may be a little harder to read (or grasp) initially, the reader can be confident that the full (and precise) counsel of God is being looked at and considered. There are many “study resources” that can be used in conjunction with these Bibles as well, to help the reader go deeper in their studies, whether it is for personal spiritual growth, or to help share God’s Word with someone else.

A “thought for thought” type of Bible is restating the meaning in a simpler way to read and understand the concept of God’s Word. Though it may be based off a literal translation, they are written more to express the thought of the passage in a modern vocabulary and grammar style. While they are easier to read, they are not an exact translation of God’s Word, but they can be useful in teaching young children, and new Christians the “milk” of God’s Word. These types of Bibles are good for devotional reading, and taking quiet time for God to refresh us in the simplicity of His Word. However, they should not be the only Bible we depend on to learn what God’s Word says. Though they can  be a very useful tool, the reader should also be open to growing  by being willing to “eat the meat” of His Word from stronger Bibles that do offer a word-for-word translation. This way, the reader can mature in his/her spiritual walk.

A Paraphrase Bible is exactly that, it totally paraphrases the Bible and is not held to the original written word. Though they can be very enjoyable, one must be careful when reading (and especially  quoting) from them, because if you do not have a basic understanding of what the actual verse says, you can be misled into thinking it means something totally different, and there by misleading others.

Another popular type of Bible is a “Red Letter Bible.”  Many Bibles come in what are called a “red letter edition” in which the words that Jesus speaks are printed in red, and the rest of the text is printed in black.  Though this is a very honoring way to record  Jesus Himself, and to clearly to see what HE spoke in the midst of everyone else, it can be a hindrance (or distraction) if one is not careful. By this I simply mean that sometimes our eyes will go directly (and only) to the red-lettered words, and will overlook the rest of the passage.  I am NOT speaking against this style of Bible by any means, I one and LOVE IT. What I simply saying is that if you have one of these Bibles, besure to read the other text around the read letterrs of Jesus, because though it is VERY important to know what JESUS says, it is also important to understand what else was being said so that we know WHY Jesus spoke when (and as) He do.

♥ My  friend, I simply suggest that when picking out a Bible, let God lead you in this important decision. After all, it is where you and He will be spending a lot of time together. Make sure it is where (and how) He would have you to be in order to see him face to face in an incredible way!

  • SPECIAL NOTE: In most of the more popular Bibles there are footnotes talking about the "SEPTUAGINT" (Sĕp tū´ ȧ gĭnt) In some commentaries it is referre to as "LXX" Title meaning “the 70.” Oldest Greek translation of the Hebrew OT. It also contains several apocryphal books. Most NT quotations of the OT are from the Septuagint.

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Research Notes: History of the Bible’s text transcribed and versions
How was the Bible originally transcribed; how was God’s Word conserved (and compiled)so that we have it today; how can we trust the different text translations of the Bible from so long ago; and what about the dispute over the Bibles integrity?