Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
The Gospel of Elvis is the New Testament retold starring Elvis as Jesus. (I searched for "New Testament for Elvis fans.") You can read it yourself on Google Books.
It is a parody, not intended to be a real presentation of the Gospel (of course). So be warned that some will find it offensive. It is a harmonized account with "Vernon" instead of "Joseph" and "Gladys" replacing "Mary." Instead of ending up in Nazareth, they wind up in Nashvile. The whole thing is a transculturation, with Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson as Pharisees and Sid Vicious as the man possessed with demons. While this may have been an attempt at a humorous parody, it turns quickly into an attack on Christian values. Some verses even have Elvis arguing with Jesus' teachings.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Great things have happened in our country. Many people have tried to write about them. Some people were present when these things started to happen. They saw everything that happened. They told us what they had seen. And they told us what they had heard. They are the people who told the Good News (Luke 1:1-2).
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Who puts a lamp under a bed?
Doesn't he put it on a stand instead?
For there's nothing hid that will not be revealed
All will be known which was once concealed
Monday, September 22, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
That answered one of the questions on my research page (thank you, Bill!). The updated page of questions for you Bible Gurus is here. Please take a look and see - if you could help answer some questions I'd be most grateful.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Oi! Mind that Flaming Sword!
Angels Guard the Garden Gates
Following the dramatic fall of Adam and Eve, angels have been put on duty at the entrance to the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24).
Friday, September 12, 2008
Please e-mail me if you are familiar with these differences!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
What I didn't know is that he has also scanned some of the old Bibles in his collection and offers facsimile prints on lulu.com. He has done the book of Philemon from 1860 and Job from 1857. Both are very reasonably priced.
Take a look here at volume I. There is an excerpt from the work here. Information on volume II is here. It is a translation from the Armaic and includes extensive commentary. An appendix includes "The diet of the Essene Jesus." This is to be a three volume series, published by Paradisian publications and is written by Dr. Johnny Lovewisdom.
Monday, September 8, 2008
FreeASV.org has the ASV in audio format for download. It is run by Unleavened Bread Ministries too.
Friday, September 5, 2008
I will also add a recommendation for my friend's book. It is the Catalogue of English Bible Translations: A Classified Bibliography of Versions and Editions Including Books, Parts, and Old and New Testament Apocrypha and Apocryphal Books by William J. Chamberlin. It is the most thorough Bibliography of English Bible versions available. The Psalms listings cover over 70 pages! The Psalm Selections (portions of the Book of Psalms) cover another almost 40 pages!
Psalm Versions Online
American version of the Psalms of David by Abijah Davis. Published in 1813. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Anagrammed Psalms by Richard Brodie. Download this at this link.
Book of Psalms by Thomas Kelly Cheyne. Published in 1884. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Book of Psalms, A New English Translation by Horace Howard Furness. Published in 1898. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Book of Psalms: A New Translation by John James Stewart Perowne. Published in 1870. Volume 1(Archive.org) Volume 2(Archive.org). Facsimile.
Book of Psalms: The Annagrammatic Version by Richard Brodie. EEBV Catalog number CN00478. Download this at this link. Facsimile.
Church psalmist; or Psalms and hymns designed for the public. Published in 1849. Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Lyrics from the Psalter by Edward Augustus Collier. Published in 1907. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
New Version of the Psalms in Blank Verse by Thomas Dennis. Published in 1808. Download this at Google Books. Facsimile.
New Version of the Psalms of David by Nicholas Brady. Published in 1751. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
New translation of the Psalms: with a plea for revisal of our versions by Richard Cunningham Didham. Published in 1869. Possibly just volume 1 of 2. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
New version of the Psalms, in blank verse by Thomas John Dennis. Published in 1808. Download this at Google Books. Facsimile.
Odes and Psalms of Solomon by James Rendell Harris. Published in 1916. Volume 1(Archive.org) Volume 2(Archive.org). Facsimile.
Parallel Psalter, being the Prayerbook version of the Psalms and a new version.. by Samuel Rolles Driver. Published in 1904. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms by James Merrick. Published in 1765. Download this at this link. Facsimile.
Psalms by Thomas Kelly Cheyne. Published in 1884. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms Chronologically Treated With A New Translation by Moses Buttenweiser. Published in 1938. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms and Hymns..Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America. Published in 1848. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms and hymns, .. Reformed Dutch Church in North America. Published in 1838. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms in Metre by Charles Bagot Cayley. Published in 1860. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms in Modern Speech by John Edgar McFayden. EEBV Catalog number CN00578. Published in 1916. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms in a new version : fitted to the tunes used in churches by M Montagu. Published in 1851. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms of David: Imitated in the Language of the New Testament by Isaac Watts. EEBV Catalog number CN00327. Published in 1821. Download this at Google Books. Facsimile.
Psalms, Paraphrase According to the New Testament Interpretation by John Barclay. Published in 1776. Download this at Google Books. Facsimile.
Psalms, Whole Book Of by T. Stenhold, I. Hopkins, W. Whittingham. Published in 1583. color. Download this at Schonberg Center for Elecronic Text and Image. Facsimile.
Psalms, books of Wisdom, and Canticle of Canticles by Francis Patrick Kenrick. Published in 1857. Translated from the Latin Vulgate. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalms, in metre, selected from the Psalms of David. Published in 1833. Protestant Episcopal Press. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Psalter; or, Psalms of David, in English verse by John Keble. Published in 1840. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns. Published in 1812. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Translation of the Psalms and Canticles with commentary by James McSwiney. Published in 1901. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
West Saxon Psalms. EEBV Catalog number CN00509. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
book of Psalms, translated into English verse by George Burgess. Published in 1840. Download this at Archive.org. Facsimile.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
- For those of you that frequent or have visited chat rooms, you might be interested in The IRC Bible. IRC stands for "Internet Relay Chat." This one went offline, but is archived at archive.org here.
- This page has the Lord's prayer in Ebonics.
- Here is the ten commandments in Cajun.
- This is the New Testament according to Dr. Seuss.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
It is no secret (for those who've seen my web site or this Blog) that I love to collect and read Bible versions. One thing I have enjoyed doing over the past 10 years is observing trends in Bible translations. As a Christian, some concern me deeply, since they affect the actual words of the Scriptures.
I narrow my focus to English versions of the Bible. One general trend I'd like to focus on today is simply how many new versions are coming out each year. I began tracking the list in a spreadsheet somewhere around 1995. That soon proved to be too cumbersome and I moved to a database (Visual Foxpro). Once the data was stored I was soon able to develop graphs, categorize lists and suddenly the Bible Version Encyclopedia was born.
To make graphs reasonable in size, I grouped dates by decades. Thus the decade from 1520 to 1529 shows just 1 new translation - William Tyndale's New Testament. The next several decades were not busy ones either (in terms of numbers). I also separate Old Testament, New Testaments and Full Bibles. The decade of 1860 to 1869 saw 1 Old Testament, 11 New Testament and 5 full Bibles.
The numbers change if we include revisions of versions separately. For instance, the New Living Translation (1996) has a second edition from 2004 and was updated again in 2007. I call these revisions "sub-versions" meaning they are still the NLT, but are different texts.
So the 1900s and our current decade look like this:
1900 to 1909, 0 OT, 11 NT, 5 Bibles
0 OT, 15 NT, 6 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1910 to 1919, 2 OT, 5 NT, 4 Bibles
2 OT, 7 NT, 6 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1920 to 1929, 2 OT, 9 NT, 4 Bibles
2 OT, 12 NT, 4 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1930 to 1939, 0 OT, 10 NT, 3 Bibles
0 OT, 13 NT, 6 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1940 to 1949, 0 OT, 5 NT, 2 Bibles
0 OT, 5 NT, 7 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1950 to 1959, 1 OT, 11 NT, 4 Bibles
1 OT, 12 NT, 4 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1960 to 1969, 0 OT, 12 NT, 9 Bibles
0 OT, 12 NT, 11 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1970 to 1979, 2 OT, 9 NT, 13 Bibles
2 OT, 11 NT, 18 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1980 to 1989, 2 OT, 10 NT, 12 Bibles
2 OT, 20 NT, 20 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
1990 to 1999, 3 OT, 29 NT, 22 Bibles
3 OT, 35 NT, 33 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
2000 to 2009, 7 OT, 41 NT, 49 Bibles
9 OT, 48 NT, 67 Bibles (counting sub-versions)
Clearly, our modern age is seeing a great increase in the number of Bible versions being produced. Part of this is explained by use of computers: First, it is very easy to use a word processor's search/replace feature to make one of the "Updated..." versions, a "sacred name" version or one of several slang Bibles. Second, web "publishing" means nearly anyone can get a new version of the Bible into the public eye.
To see several of the new Bibles that have been produced, visit the Bible Reader's Museum and click on "Links", then "Date Sorted" to see even more versions. My statistics only count full testaments and Bibles while the links list shows partial translations as well.
Whether the increased number of versions is a blessing or a curse is a topic of great debate. But I look forward to doing more work in providing information that can be grist for the debate mill!
To see the graphs of Testaments and Bibles produced by decades, please take a look at this PDF chart. The chart looks better printed out than it does on the screen unless you zoom in. Please do not use this chart or the data without permission.
Scripture Sample: "And the Contrary was the most uninhibited of all the creatures of the field that Infinite One, Source of All Powers, had made. And it spoke to Fire Being and said: “Did the Source of All Powers instruct you to not eat from any of the trees in the garden?” And the Fire Being replied to the Contrary: “No, for we are permitted to eat from the fruit of trees in the garden. Only from the fruit of the tree that stands in the middle of the garden did the Source of all Powers instruct us not to eat and not to touch, or else we might die." And the Contrary said to the Fire Being: “You will not die. Rather the Source of All Powers knows well that on the day that you eat from this tree your perception will become opened and so broadened that you will become like the Source of All Powers in that you will possess the secret knowledge of Good and Bad” (Genesis 3:1-5)"
Scripture sample: "Jesus, knowing all the things that were happening to him, went, and said to them, "Who are you looking for?" They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am he." Judas also, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When he said to them, "I am he," they went backward, and fell to the ground (John 18:4-6)."
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem
Within Judea, when King Herod reigned,
A party of astrologers came from
The east, arriving in Jerusalem.
They asked, "where is the child who has been born
The Jewish king? For we have seen his star
Scripture sample: Every scripture inspired of God is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)