Category: Bible

Brazil’s Bible machine

It printed one-fifth of World Bible Society’s 21 million copies last year SAO PAULO, Brazil – The Bible Belt has moved south of the equator to Brazil. A religious awakening in South America’s biggest country during the past decade, the rapid advance of evangelical churches and smart business planning by publishers have made Brazil a leading world publisher of Bibles. “All 136 country-chapters of the World Bible Society taken together published 21 million Bibles last year. Our share was 4.2 million,” said Erni Seibert, marketing director of the Brazilian Bible Society. According to Roy Lloyd, a spokesman for the society’s

Good as New is the wildest, wackiest, perhaps worst, of today’s trendy Bibles

(AP) – After Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, he saw “the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased’ ” (Mark 1:10-11, Revised Standard Version). Compare that with this new translation: “A pigeon flew down and perched on him. Jesus took this as a sign that God’s Spirit was with him. A voice from overhead was heard saying, ‘That’s my boy!’ “ There are many such chatty or doctrinally denuded passages in Good as New: A Radical Retelling of the Scriptures, an exceedingly

Canterbury backs updated Bible

A new translation of the Bible which seems to contradict traditional Christian beliefs on sex has been backed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The book, entitled “Good as New”, is aimed at refreshing the language and themes of the Bible for modern readers. In the new version, St Paul’s advice that men and women should marry is replaced with they should have a “regular partner”. Dr Rowan Williams says it is a book of “extraordinary power”. The Bible Bible versions English Bible Translation Comparison’s Bible Finder Bible contradictions and difficulties Additional research resources on the Bible But the Church

Bible Typos

Thank the Lord – and the proofreaders at Peachtree Editorial and Proofreading – that the Bible refers to “our ancestors” instead of “sour ancestors,” and calls for an end to “factions” – not “fractions.”

The Internet shall make Bible free

As a “born again” believer, Michael P. Johnson fervently embraces Christ’s final earthly command to his disciples: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” It was the logical, 21st century computer programmer side of Johnson that wrestled with implementing what Christians call “The Great Commission.” Christ’s message of salvation is free; shouldn’t the Word of God — in a form not requiring knowledge of archaic, 15th-century English as above — also be? Ten years ago this March, while driving his Volkswagen Rabbit between Boulder and Longmont, Colo., Johnson says he had an epiphany; God

The Bible’s baffling one-liners

A snake bit the Rev. Dwayne Long last Sunday in an Easter snake-handling service in Jonesville, Va., and he died the next day. I cringed at faith gone askew and biblical misinterpretation as well as the trauma this must have brought to his family and congregation. The Bible Bible interpretation 20 Ways People Twist The Scriptures A Great Flood of Bible Mistakes Bible Contradictions and Other Bible Difficulties Research resources on the Bible Only one verse in the Bible mentions snake-handling as an expression of faith, Mark 16:17-18: “These signs will accompany those who believe; in my name they will

Biblical exhibit bringing rare religious texts to life

DALLAS — By way of their mutual interest in Bible history, Lee Biondi and Craig Lampe had run into each other frequently over the past 15 years. But Biondi, a Los Angeles antiquities dealer who specializes in rare biblical manuscripts, and Lampe, a Phoenix purveyor of historic Bibles, had never displayed their artifacts together. That is, until William Noah, a Tennessee doctor who shares their interest in Christianity‘s roots, suggested the idea. The result was the exhibit “From the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Forbidden Book,” a $15 million collection of manuscripts and Bibles that organizers expect to draw more

A great flood of Bible mistakes

Jeffrey McQuain, coauthor of Coined by God (Norton) and The Bard on the Brain (Dana Press), is the longtime language consultant for William Safire, who is on vacation. “In religion,” George Gray challenges a contestant on TV’s Weakest Link game show, “what is the third book in the Old Testament of the King James Bible?” The player replies, “Revelations.” That’s wrong on two counts. The third book of the Bible is actually Leviticus, which chronicles the laws and rituals overseen by the priestly Levites. Less obvious, however, is the mistake in saying “Revelations,” because the Bible contains no such book.

Aussie Bible? No worries, mate

One of Australia’s top Anglican leaders yesterday admitted to being sceptical about the idea of an Aussie Bible – until he’d actually read it. The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, said he had been hesitant before picking up “The Aussie Bible (Well bits of it anyway!)“, a retelling of the story of Jesus’ life from the New Testament using the Aussie idiom. “I was very sceptical before reading it, you have to be very careful that we give (the message of) the real Bible,” Dr Jensen said at the launch of the book in Sydney. Author Kel Richards described