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 >series >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 >Logos, >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 >Testament >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 > >Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author >solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author's >employer, >nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. > >///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// >/// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// >/// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// >///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^================================================================ This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^================================================================