I want to read The Bible because of how important and influential it is. Is this a good version for beginners?

I want to read The Bible because of how important and influential it is. Is this a good version for beginners? I know people argue over translations all the time, but I know this is one of the oldest and most widely read and distributed translations of the Bible.

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  1. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    What God thing thingken bout?

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Taking an dump up there

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      God don't need to think if he omniscient.

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Taking an dump up there

      God don't need to think if he omniscient.

      That's Jeremiah

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        literally who

  2. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get the New Oxford Annotated Bible
    Not sure whether to tell you to get the paperback or hardback
    The paperback is good to read on a desk but maybe the hardback is better for reading elsewhere
    People shit on the NRSV's language but I still think it's a poetic translation outside of the usage of gender neutral language which btw doesn't intrude on the meaning of the text
    The notes are extremely helpful and will help you navigate your way through the text especially when the text is quite difficult/boring
    If you want you can get a KJV bible to read once you've finished the New Oxford Annotated Bible but that should be for re-reading certain passages

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      > gender neutral language
      Dropped

  3. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do you want to understand what the frick is going on? Swallow your pride and get an NSRV.

  4. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Bible is a very boring book for a non-believer

  5. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have the Collins version

  6. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Just read Ecclesiastes in KJV and move on

  7. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    >reading the bible with the fake stories added only in the 10th century like that woman adultress story
    lmao, enjoy your tampered bible bro

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      What Bible do you read then? Is it translated?

  8. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    KJV is the Bible you want to read if you are interested in it for literary reasons and maybe not so much for academic studying or analysis. But all the english speaking authors like Shakespeare, Melville, Milton, Jane Austen etc read the KJV and were heavily influenced by that particular style of writing.

  9. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, the AV is the correct Bible. That edition lacks references and the original footnotes, so I would not suggest that one. The notes in the back also suck (e.g. stating that "BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" was capitalised as an anti-catholic thing, even though it's just the way the translation prints written words).

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      This. The original notes are very useful. But I believe there are a few errors in them. Here is one.

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        Nevermind, that is Joshua 14:9, not Deuteronomy 14:9

  10. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's also available completely for free here
    https://archive.org/download/1611TheAuthorizedKingJamesBible/1611%20The%20Authorized%20King%20James%20Bible.pdf

  11. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you want to read the Bible as literature I recommend audiobook performances. They liven up the reading and since you’re not there for theological detail it’s more important than getting the words and nuances right.

    For the NT I recommend the reading by Johnny Cash. Yes, really. He intones the words with a gravely seriousness that’s hard to ignore.
    For the OT I liked Suchet’s reading, but there are a ton of options. Some with entire casts, I remember one with James Earl Jones that was good as you might expect.
    Also when reading the Bible as literature don’t be afraid to skip around. Remember that the Bible is a library of books not one book. Each book has a different objective and the overall narrative isn’t very consistent as religious people would like you to believe. Job for instance has been a theological stumbling block for ages (inb4 some cuck claims it’s all perfectly consistent). It’s okay though, when you read the Bible as literature there doesn’t need to be a forced consistent message. The variety of perspective and points is part of what gives it a rich history as an inspiration.

  12. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    try the KJV, the OSB, and perhaps the BSB.

  13. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    Start in the right order.
    >Ascension of Isaiah (NT passages removed)
    >Revelation
    >epistles
    >Acts
    >Jesus Gospels (Mark first, John last)

    • 6 months ago
      Anonymous

      Who told you that it's the right order.
      Lol
      Reading Revelation, epistles and acts before the Gospels
      Lmao

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Who told you that it's the right order.
        Peter, when he said that his gospels came from holy ghosts and not Jesus.

      • 6 months ago
        Anonymous

        1 Peter 1:12
        >which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the HOLY GHOST SENT DOWN FROM HEAVEN; WHICH THINGS THE ANGELS DESIRED TO LOOK INTO
        That's the Ascension of Isaiah.

  14. 6 months ago
    Anonymous

    You’re going to be disappointed because the Bible fricking sucks

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