I used to have (till my kids destroyed it--sadly) a fairly large comparison 
Bible which contained about 7 different versions (none of the modern 
watered down versions) of the Bible, and if I recall correctly a couple of 
translations from the original Hebrew and Greek. Joseph Smith once stated 
that he preferred the Hebrew language Bible (at least for the Old Testament 
as I understand that most of the New Testament was translated from Greek). 
Now I have studied a smattering of Hebrew and know that a lot can get left 
out of the translation--just as happens with just about every translation 
from one language to another. What I would like to see is an LDS version as 
close as possible to the original meaning as possible. For instance, I 
believe a lot of subtle nuances, idiomatic expressions, plays on words, 
etc., are left out of translations unless efforts are made to at least 
footnote and document these instances.

Steven Montgomery

At 01:36 PM 10/2/2002, you wrote:
>I use the Anchor Bible, which is of course much more of an investment (the 
>isn't finished yet and it already fills 2 1/2 shelves of one of my Ikea
>bookshelves). But that's a somewhat different model. I don't really have a
>one-volume commentary like the Scofield Bible, but iirc I've seen this in 
>a Christian bookstore I used to frequent in Calgary, and in the Canadian Bible
>Society bookstore near U of Alberta here in Edmonton, and that's a good 
>model for
>what we're trying to do, only from an LDS point of view.
>I'll give you a kind of anecdotal example of why some people think we need
>something like this. I have one volume of an AB-sized library of commentaries,
>but just the volume on I Corinthians, to help me out in my own contribution to
>the LDS Study Bible. The series is called "The New International Greek 
>Commentary" (NIGTC) and the volume on I Corinthians was written by Anthony C.
>Thiselton, a fairly respectable conservative Protestant scholar. The book 
>is 1450
>pp long.
>While he admits that 15:29 (the verse on vicarious baptism) is "a notoriously
>difficult crux: the most 'hotly disputed' in the epistle,..." he summarizes a
>grand total of roughly 20 possible interpretations. All *possible*
>interpretations, that is, except the right one, and the most direct one. 
>This guy
>gets the Biblicist Pretzel Award nomination from me this year, I gotta 
>tell you.
>We need stuff that, while it may not be on that level wrt scholarship (for one
>thing the market would be limited), at least gives LDS a basic level of
>understanding that the Gospel isn't only true and that the only way to 
>know that
>is through spiritual means, oh by the way, it just happens to make sense, too,
>and you don't have to be ashamed or cowed by intellectuals.
>Gary Smith wrote:
> > I don't think they are actually changing the words. What they are doing,
> > is putting a lot of textual information on the original Aramaic and
> > Greek, and discussing certain ideas within the NT from an LDS apologetics
> > point of view. This one won't be to replace your LDS scriptures. This one
> > will be for home use, where you can get a better understanding of what
> > each verse _really_ means. So, you get the KJV, and the scholarly
> > commentary.
> >
> > If you've hung out in any Christian bookstores, you'll find similar
> > books. My favorite amongst them has been the Scofield Bible, though it is
> > quite an older commentary. Marc, which versions do you prefer?
> >
> > K'aya K'ama,
> > Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1 @juno.com    http://www
> > .geocities.com/rameumptom/index.html
> > "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
> > Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
> >
>Marc A. Schindler
>Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland
>"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and
>falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
>--Michelangelo Buonarroti
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