What is the best way to study the Bible? According to Lingamish it is to study the Bible! Nice and simple. This post has a number of very good things to say about how to read the Bible and the value of different types of Bible study.
Language is complex. There are many ways to say the same thing. If the translations differ it doesn’t mean one of them is wrong. Every major translation on the market was produced by a team of experts. Despite what the conspiracy theorists think, the translators weren’t trying to put across some hidden agenda. Instead, they wanted to communicate God’s word as accurately and clearly as possible. Dare I say that in most cases the translators are a lot smarter than we are! So don’t be quick to criticize their work. Try to make your own translation. That’s a quick way to realize the difficulty of the task.
While we’re on the subject, consider praying for and supporting the hundreds of Bible translations being done around the world. For most languages of the world, people don’t have any translation of the Bible. Of the 6,000 languages in the world, less than 2,000 have the New Testament or full Bible. What are we whining about?
This is an excellent post – I wish I’d written it!
HT Better Bibles Blog.