There was discussion in our Seguin First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Bible Study class today about the various translations of the Bible. How many are there?? What translation is the best?? Is there a ‘best’?? I’ve used several different translations of the Bible throughout the years (beginning with the Saint James Bible).
There is even a Rhyming Bible . . .
Thomas Cahill writes
Jews divide the Hebrew Bible into three sections: Torah (the Five Books of Moses), Prophets, and Writings, ending with the Book of Chronicles, which gives a summary of Jewish salvation history from Adam to the return of the Babylonian exiles to Jerusalem in the sixth century B.C. Christian Bibles, which designate the same collection of Hebrew texts as the “Old” Testament, put the Prophets last, because these are seen as prophesying the coming of the Messiah (who for Christians is Jesus). The Prophets then serve as an introduction to the last part of the Christian Bible, the New Testament–the first century A.D. writings about Jesus and his followers. Eastern Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics admit several books to their Old Testament that are not acknowledged as inspired scripture by Jews and most Protestants.