By J.W. Rogerson

An informal reader enters a bookstore searching for a Bible. although, now not the entire Bibles on exhibit have a similar contents! a few have extra books than others, a few are learn variants, a few use gender-free language. How did this happen? This creation works again throughout the techniques through which the Bible was once written, transmitted, copied and declared to be authoritative through a number of church buildings. the next themes are handled: what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the outdated testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the recent testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible in Social, ethical and Political Questions. This up-to-date variation takes account of advancements in scholarship because the e-book used to be first released in 1999 by means of Penguin. J. W. Rogerson is Emeritus Professor of religious study on the college of Sheffield and a Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral. His many guides disguise the historic, geographical and social history to the outdated testomony, the background of biblical interpretation, and using the Bible in ethical, social, political and environmental matters. Contents: Preface to the Revised version; Preface to the unique version; what's the Bible?; How Biblical Writers Wrote; The Making of the previous testomony; The Making of the Apocrypha; The Making of the hot testomony; The Canon of the Bible; The research of the Bible; using the Bible; word list; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Endnotes.

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It comes as a surprise, therefore, to discover that English Bibles without any accompanying commentary are a comparatively new phenomenon, and although what now follows will not directly help our inquirer to decide between the versions and editions available, it may help her to put into historical perspective the question of Study Bibles versus Bibles supposedly without comment. From the beginning of the Reformation, Bibles that were translated into the vernacular such as German or English were accompanied by introductions and explanatory notes.

55, 56. In his introduction to the Psalms Luther summarizes part of his main argument in a marginal note: The Psalter speaks clearly of Christ’s death and resurrection, of his kingdom and of the nature and being of Christianity. Ostervald ends a comment on Psalm 22 with the words: this psalm sets before us the glory to which God has exalted [Christ] after the sufferings, and which he now enjoys at the right hand of his father, and his kingdom is established throughout all the earth. It is now time to consider modern Study Bibles, of which the New Jerusalem Bible Study edition and the NIV Study Bible will be taken as examples.

19. For thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the pillars, the sea, the stands, and the rest of the vessels that are left in this city, 20. Which Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon did not take away, when he took into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem – 21. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels which are left in the house of the LORD, in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem: 22.

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