There are different approaches to Bible translation. In one approach, the translator attempts to keep as close to the 'form' of the Hebrew or Greek, both words and grammar, as can be conveniently put into understandable English - a word-for-word or literal approach. Another approach is to keep...
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Our home group programme for the beginning of 2011 is based around the E100 Bible Reading Challenge. This is a programme of 100 carefully selected Bible readings (50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament) designed to give participants a good understanding of the overall Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. The 'E' stands for Essential and each of the Essential 100 readings ranges from a few verses to a few chapters.
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We may read the Bible to gain more Bible knowledge, to get a sense of achievement at having read the world’s greatest book or to develop greater spiritual discipline. These things may be important but our higher goal is to meet the Author as the Holy Spirit reveals things to us as we read.
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Is the Old Testament really relevant?
After all, it all happened before Jesus and it’s hefty and hard to understand.
Can’t we ditch it and just read the New Testament?
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Our E100 Bible readings have skipped three books of the Old Testament after Genesis and Exodus in order to press on with God’s ‘big story’, so here’s a reminder of what these three books are about. Leviticus The book after Exodus is Leviticus. The book of Leviticus lays down the...
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