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These pages are designed to aid study or investigation for Christian discipleship through individual Bible study, Cell groups, Home groups, or meeting one to one. The questions could be used alone allowing each person to use their own Bible.
Which Bible is right for me? Choices can be so daunting that it can put one off even trying. There are all sorts of translations of the Bible, especially in English. So there is the opportunity to choose one that suits your circumstances and needs. But don’t worry there is help at hand, including a web site to let you try out versions, and they have a shop to sell you one.
The Bible was written in Greek (the New Testament), and Hebrew and Aramaic (the Old Testament). Any English Bible is a translation from these ancient languages. When a Bible is called a version, it is merely a different translation. The versions are not different Bibles, they all say the same thing, with a different style of translation.
When translating between languages there is a tension between getting across the precise wording and getting across the heart. There is no correct place to sit on this range, rather the best place depends on what purpose you have in reading.
Many of the versions have a three or four word title - E.G. English Standard Version. These are commonly abbreviated to their initial letters - ESV. Here are some examples
Try reading passages from different Bibles using: www.biblegateway.com
Try comparing these passages in various versions:
Generally I use the NIV. For the majority of the site I have used the simpler NLT, this helps me because it goes an extra stage of translation so I don’t need to explain complicated words. I like the Message for a contemporary sound. I use the NASB and ESV as reference if I am concerned about precise wording.
It is a good idea if your church uses a specific Bible to use that one, at least in the church context for keeping things simple. It can be confusing reading one translation in your hand while someone else is reading a different translation out loud. There are also some churches who have a very strong feeling about which translation to use. Sometimes going in community impacts our personal choices.
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