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TNIV and John 7:53-8:11

I have begun to read the New Testament of the TNIV, to give the translation another try. I am unhappy with the treatment of questionable texts. Most translations simply mark a text and point out that some manuscripts do not contain the text. But the TNIV to John 7:53-8:11 and placed it in a smaller type and italicized. Is this really necessary? Do we need to encourage students NOT to read the questionable text by blocking the text off, using…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and “Son of Man” (Ezekiel 2:1)

One of the fascinating features of the book of Ezekiel is that Ezekiel is continually called "son of man" by the Lord. How do the study Bibles explain this curious phrase? ESV Study Bible: 2:1 Ezekiel is never addressed by name, but 93 times as son of man (Hb. ben-’adam), out of a total of 99 times for the phrase in the OT; Daniel is the only other person so addressed in the OT (Dan. 8:17). The Hebrew idiom “son…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, NIV Study Bible, and “The Seven Churches” (Revelation 1:4)

I have done a lot of studying from the book of Revelation over the past couple of years. I thought I would plunge into the available material concerning this controversial book. With so many points of view and interpretations concerning the book, how will the study Bibles "reveal" their information? Will their be a bias toward a millennial view? Or can the study notes make points without choosing a point of view? NLT Study Bible: 1:4 To the seven churches…

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The NLT: Good For Study? A Response

Sean Harrison at the NLT Study Bible blog posted his arguments for why the NLT should be worthy for in-depth Bible study, not just for Bible reading. You can read his post here. At the end of the post he asks for thoughts about using the NLT in study. So, I thought I would use myself as a case study. What is it about the NLT that prevents me from using it in my studies and in my preaching? Why…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and “Blessed” (Psalm 1:1)

The usage of the word "blessed" in the scriptures is a word I have found interesting in my studies. It is hard for one English word to fully capture the meaning. Let's look at how the new study Bibles treat the word "blessed." ESV Study Bible: 1:1 Blessed. The truly happy person is happy because God showers him with favor. Jesus uses the Greek equivalent in Matt. 5:3—11; cf. also James 1:12. The Latin translation, beatus, is the source of…

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NLT and John 1

I have been reading the New Testament with the NLT 2007 revised edition in an effort to draw conclusions about this translation whose sales continue to grow. I was reading John's gospel and found the first chapter to be absolutely shocking. Shocking, not in a bad way, but just caught off guard by the different renderings. I know John 1 from growing up on the NKJV, so the differences were glaring. I want to share with you some of the…

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HCSB Hand Size Giant Print Bible Classic Edition

I received a nice surprise in the mail just the other day: a black leather HCSB Hand Size Giant Print Bible (HSGPB), Classic Edition. This comes because the CSB Pastor's Challenge that I participated in had not been working for me. Thanks to Robin Patterson, the marketing manager at B&H Publishing, for taking care of this matter. She says that she has recently moved into the Bible department for Broadman and Holman. I do hope that B&H will consider getting…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and “Propitiation” (1 John 2:2)

Propitiation is a concept that has led to much discussion among those who blog about the scriptures. Let's first look at what the NLT Study Bible and ESV Study Bible say and then I will make some observations. NLT Study Bible: 2:2 sacrifice that atones: The Greek hilasmos means “appeasement by means of sacrifice” (cp. 4:10). Christ satisfied God’s justice by dying in our place (Rom 3:25). ESV Study Bible: 2:2 Propitiation (Gk. hilasmos) here means “a sacrifice that bears…

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NLT Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and “The Last Days” (Isaiah 2:2)

One study note I wanted to compare between the ESV Study Bible and the NLT Study Bible is "the last days." How do these study Bibles handle the concept of "the last days" in the prophets? Since the ESVSB has not been released yet, this comparison cannot be extensive. However, I will compare the notes on "the last days" from Isaiah 2:2. NLT Study Bible: 2:2 In the OT, the expression the last days is a general reference to the…

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NLT and “In The Spirit” (Revelation 1:10)

My friend Joe pointed out another inconsistency in the NLT. I previously posted about the usage of "tongues" and "unknown languages" in 1 Corinthians 12-14 and how the NLT used both. Revelation 1:10 contains an interesting decision by the NLT translators. It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. (Revelation 1:10; NLT) Why is the word "worshiping" added to this verse? Adding "worshiping" removes…

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