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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Understanding English Bible Translations by Steve Finnell


Some believe it is impossible to understand the English translations of the Bible without a Greek to English dictionary or being a Greek language scholar. If you have the language skills to fully understand a Greek to English or an English to Greek dictionary then you are a Greek scholar and should be able to translate the original Greek manuscripts of the New Testament to an English version of the Bible. If that is not the case, just read the Bible that has been translated into your first language and believe the word of God.

Anna Karenina is a Russian novel that was written by Leo Tolstoy. Is it possible to understand the English version of Anna Karenina? Of course you can. You do not have to have a Russian  to English or an English to Russian dictionary to understand it. You do not have to be a Russian scholar or have a Russian scholar explain it to you. Just read it in English if that is your first language.

Neither Jesus nor the apostles told anyone that in order to understand the Scriptures they needed to read and understand them in the original Greek language.

If you want to understand the gospel of Christ, read the Bible in your own language and believe it.

If you cannot trust God to give you a Bible in our own language that you can comprehend, then you are lacking trust in God.     

1 comment:

  1. Alejandro SanchezMay 17, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Very true. Our Lord says: "for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike." (Mt 11:25).

    Some Greek NT schloars use their knowledge to complicate the gospel of Christ.

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