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The Living Bible
ISBN 0842322507 / 9780842322508 / 0-8423-2250-7
Publisher Tyndale House Pub
List price $19.99
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From the Prologue: This book, has been under way for many years. It has undergone several major manuscript revisions and has been under the careful scrutiny of a team of Greek and Hebrew experts to check content, and of English critics for style. Their many suggestions have been largely followed, though none of those consulted feels entirely satisfied with the present result. This is therefore a tentative edition. Further suggestions as to both renderings and style will be gladly considered as future printings are called for. A word should be said here about paraphrases. What are they? To paraphrase is to say something in different words than the author used. It is a restatement of an author's thoughts, using different words than he did. This book is a paraphrase of the Old and New Testaments. Its purpose is to say as exactly as possible what the writers of the Scriptures meant, and to say it simply, expanding where necessary for a clear understanding by the reader. There are dangers in paraphrases, as well as values. For whatever the author's exact words are not translated from the original languages, there is a possibility that the translator, however honest, may be giving the reader something that the original writer did not mean to say. This is because a paraphrase is guided not only by the translators skill in simplifying but also by the clarity of his understanding of what the author meant and by his theology. For when the Greek or Hebrew is not clear, then the theology of the translator is his guide, along with his sense of logic. The theological lodestar in this book has been a rigid evangelical position. If this paraphrase helps to simplify the deep and often complex thought of the Word of God, and if it makes the Bible easier to understand and follow, deepening the Christian lives of its readers and making it easier for them to follow their Lord, then the book has achieved its goal. [via]