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    • Alisamer


      5 minutes ago, arareyeah said:

      Honestly reading this forum and learning from you guys about Christianity made me think fundamentalism in any religion is truly rotten to the core 

      This is the key to this whole forum, I think.

      Here's the handy dandy graphic my church once posted about some of the many different translations of the Bible. Generally they all want to be as accurate as possible, but take different paths to get there. Like is getting each specific word translated exactly right more important, or is making sure each thought or sentence means the same as the source material (even if the words are not exact) more important? My church (Baptist, in the South, but a bit more liberal than many) if I remember correctly "officially" chose the ESV for the pew Bibles, but everyone is encouraged to use the Bible that they prefer. Our previous pastor would frequently use more than one translation to help clarify things, and even refer back to the original wording in some cases. Anyone doing a reading in church uses whichever Bible they choose. One lady always uses KJV. Others use different ones. I think my dad carries The Living Bible to church, maybe. 

      You can even get Bibles that are "parallel" Bibles with multiple translations in the same book, which sounds cool - you can look up a verse and see it in multiple translations.


    • postscript


      Deborah and Dinah would have been at the top of my list if they hadn’t gone with slightly more unusual girl names in the past. Not my fave name (it was wildly popular in the 50s and 60s so I knew tons of Deborahs/Debras/Debbies/Debs growing up). However, it’s a pretty, classic name and I’m surprised it isn’t used more often among Biblical types. 

      In terms of future blessings, I’m guessing 2 more before they slow down, then possibly a straggler once she hits her 40s. David is competitive, so I’m sure he wants more kids than Josh and Anna. They are one of the few families that actually seems to enjoy having all these kids. 

    • arareyeah

      Posted (edited)

      23 hours ago, Alisamer said:

      I think it can be by denomination, or by church even. There are just SO many translations, and it's a collection of so many different documents from so many different time periods. There are even whole "books" that are left out of some versions but included in others. (The Apocrypha, is what I'm thinking of. Not in any Bibles I've ever had except one from a religion class in college.) It seems pretty settled now, but in early days it was a huge thing to even figure out which documents get included and which don't. And even now new sources are being found occasionally, with earlier versions of parts of the Bible. 

      So it can be said different denomination/church could use very different english translations? It's really fascinating from my POV because with the Quran, the english translation will has very similar meaning with the translation in my language.

      It's interesting you said that fundies like the KJV version because they're opague enough for them to twist it into whatever they want it to mean. Muslim fundies have similar thing but from the opposite spectrum: they will try to enforce whatever written as is without learning why a certain verse came out and how it should be interpreted. That, combined with their habit to pick and choose plus cutting verses to suit their narrative are dangerous.

      Honestly reading this forum and learning from you guys about Christianity made me think fundamentalism in any religion is truly rotten to the core 

      Edited by arareyeah
      Accidentally clicked save before I finished
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    • Sarcastically spinster




      If you need a little help for your guesses.

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    • HereticHick


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