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An analysis of many of the English versions of the Bible.


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An analysis of many of the English versions of the Bible.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    "Traditions not more than four hundred years old are too new to be binding rules on the church of God." In this book, Jack Lewis tackles the KJV-only debate. It's a collection of articles intended to serve more as a reference book than something to read straight through, so if you're me and you read straight through anyway, it can get a bit repetitive, but that's on you, not the book. There were some moments of awkward writing. Some chapters work better than others. Overall I think it could have b "Traditions not more than four hundred years old are too new to be binding rules on the church of God." In this book, Jack Lewis tackles the KJV-only debate. It's a collection of articles intended to serve more as a reference book than something to read straight through, so if you're me and you read straight through anyway, it can get a bit repetitive, but that's on you, not the book. There were some moments of awkward writing. Some chapters work better than others. Overall I think it could have benefited greatly from more explanation; Jack Lewis writes with the assumption that his readers are very familiar with the Bible in general and this debate in particular, so if you're missing a piece of that knowledge, things can fly over your head. It could definitely NOT serve as an introduction to the topic. But despite its faults, I found this book a breath of fresh air. I grew up in a slightly modernized - and in many ways much more mild - version of this belief, in church environments where the official opinion is that using any translation other than the KJV or the NKJV makes you a sketchy liberal (with a fairly recent development that if you really must use something newer, the ESV is acceptable). I still attend one of those churches. It isn't stated that bluntly - and not everyone there believes it, definitely - but it's around. It's an attitude I find increasingly frustrating, because a variety of factors have turned me into a Bible translations nerd who rarely touches either of those translations. So this made for a refreshing change of pace. I'm glad I had the chance to pick up this book. I learned some things. I especially appreciated the author's point that it's vitally important for the Bible to be understandable not merely to those who grew up learning it but to those who have never touched a Bible in their lives. And it left me wanting to read more on the subject. 3.5 stars.

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