When people get the desire to read the Bible, they often are confused as to which Bible they should read. What Bible they have at home? You can always start with that one. Many of us have the King James version, which is beautiful in the way it uses language that was spoken in 1611, but you might understand a bible written in today’s English. If you are interested in looking at different translations of the Bible come to Rev. Sharon’s office and try reading the parallel Gospel book that has 12 translations side by side. This may help you to quickly select the one that is good for you. The most important thing is to read this book.
The Bible was written in two basic languages. The Old Testament was written in Biblical Hebrew. The New Testament was written in koine Greek. There are, however words from other languages in both parts.
When the Bible is translated into English there are words and ideas that translate easily. However some of the words or ideas are difficult to find a good way of saying them in English that come close to the original meaning. It is like a key that does not fit into a lock and needs to be giggled around until it unlocks. If you are having problems understanding, I have found often it is due to the way the passage is translated and not necessarily your ability to read the Bible. This is why it is good to have someone to help you read scripture, to talk over the stories, or use books that help you understand the culture and languages of old.
There are word by word translations, there are Bibles that translate phrases and translations that just try to tell the story so it is understandable to the modern ear.
The Episcopal Church affirms a large amount of translations: King James or Authorized Version (which is the historic Bible of this Church), Revised Versions, including the English Revision of 1881, the American Revision of 1901, and the Revised Standard Version of 1952; from the Jerusalem Bible of 1966; the New English Bible with the Apocrypha of 1970; The 1976 Good News Bible; The New American Bible (1970); “R.S.V. Common Bible” (1973); The New International Version (1978); The New Jerusalem Bible (1987);the Revised English Bible (1989); New Revised Standard Version (1990)
So feel free to pick come to Rev. Sharon’s office and we can look at Bibles that fit your needs. Bibles are filled with beautiful stories and characters. Find a Bible that is comfortable to hold and appeals to you. You will pick it up more often if you are comfortable.