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NLT Study Bible and the Book of Job

In reading Job 1-2 (as noted in my previous post), I thought I would see what comments the NLT Study Bible made about the book of Job. The book of Job is often misunderstood and misused when trying to answer the problem of suffering and the sovereignty of God. In my opinion, the NIV Study Bible makes a muddled mess in its introduction to the book of Job because it delves too deep into theology that is not really the…

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BibleReader For iPhone Review

Since I have to be out of town on Monday, I will go ahead a post twice today to make up for it. The great folks at OliveTree Software have been letting me try a beta version of the BibleReader for the iPhone. As an evangelist, having a Bible program on a mobile device is important to me. From the Palm Pilot to the iPod, I have carried a Bible on my electronics. Now that I have an iPhone, I…

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NLT Study Bible and Mark 11:13-14

I really have not seen a study Bible make such useful points like the NLT Study Bible. I am reading from the NLT Study Bible daily for my own personal benefit and for reviewing on this site, and I continue to be excited by the study notes. Consider Mark 11:12-14 and the corresponding notes: The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went…

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NLT Shortcomings

I have previously written how the 2007 NLT has won me over. I am enjoying reading from the NLT and have found the NLT Study Bible to be a terrific addition to my library that I consult daily. But every translation has places where it comes up short. This is not a post to bash the NLT. Rather, it is my hope that an awareness of these shortcomings may allow for future revisions to make better what is a good…

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Leaving Ambiguous Texts Ambiguous

There are many scriptures that are simply ambiguous. A student can pick up many commentaries or reference works on a given text and find multiple interpretations from each writer. My one complaint about dynamic translations or functional equivalence is that the translators usually feel compelled to pick an interpretation, rather than leaving the text open to different interpretations. Consider some of the following examples. 1 Corinthians 7:39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But…

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The Downfall of the TNIV

Many of the TNIV supporters are upset about the general rejection of the TNIV. These supporters cannot understand why there is a continued backlash against the TNIV. While it appears that there has been an effort by TNIV attackers to prevent the TNIV from successfully replacing the NIV, I believe there are other reasons why the TNIV has lacked support. The TNIV did it to itself. Before the completed TNIV was released, the New Testament of the TNIV was released…

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NLT Study Bible- What Is Inside

I am not one for study Bibles. I like having a clean, uncluttered text without the study notes interfering with my Bible study. However, I have been surprised at how much I am enjoying the NLT Study Bible. I do not find most notes found in study Bibles to be helpful. I have an NIV Study Bible, but I have never found anything in it to be very great (even though its study notes are very popular, for whatever reason).…

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NLT Study Bible

I received my NLT Study Bible today in the mail from the publisher (my deep thanks to Laura Bartlett). I won it from the NLT Blog by posting a question. So the first thing I did was separate each page from each other because gilding causes the pages to stick together. I assume I am not the only person who does this as the first act with a new Bible (or maybe I just have a sickness). As I was…

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NLT and 1 Peter 2:24

I like how the 2007 revised NLT translates 1 Peter 2:22-24. 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. 23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. 24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. What…

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My Top Bible Translations

Some of the Bible blogs I frequent have posted their top 10 Bible translations. So I thought I would do the same for the fun of it. My only problem was that I could not come up with 10 that I like or use. So, here are my top 7: 1. English Standard Version (ESV). I would have never believed that I would come to use this translation so much when I first purchased one a few years ago. Up…

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