Wednesday, December 06, 2006

LOTW December 6, 2006

Here are the new Links of the Whenever (as in whenever I get to them.)

The Geneva Bible was the dominant English translation prior to the King James Bible. (It took about 50 years for the KJV to supplant the Geneva Bible.) King James did not like the Geneva Bible because of the margin notes. Those note were Reformed in theology. It's influenece was far reaching including being the Bible of the pilgrims and puritans who came to North America. It also was the inspiration for original name of The Reformation Study Bible. (It was first called the New Geneva Study Bible.) It originally used the New King James, but now uses the English Standard Version. The notes are also new.

But go here, to check out the original Geneva Bible. The site appears to be a work in progress, but there is a lot to read on it.

If you've read previous posts you may know I am interested in sports logos and design. A site I think has some excellent work in that regard is Athlantic Design. There you'll find one man's concepts for several teams on a well done template. It's creative. If you enjoy this sort of thing I think you'll enjoy this site.

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Blogger said...

I purchased the ESV edition of the Reformation Study Bible earlier this year, and I'm not quite sure what to think of it. I find that the study notes are a little too specific at times, and in this way perhaps it's somewhat similar to the original Geneva Study Bible on which it was based. I think it was here that the speaker mentioned a few of the footnotes in the original Geneva study bible, and some of them seemed a little too aggressive.

I found the following comment among the reviews of an edition of this bible rather interesting:

It is interesting to note that editor R.C.Sproul, in his excellent 1977 book "Knowing Scripture" makes the following comment as part of a well reasoned critique of the Scofield Reference Bible: "Some editions of the Bible contain not only brief marginal notes such as mentioned above, but provide a running commentary. The most famous example of this type of Bible is the Scofield Reference Bible and the New Scofield Reference Bible. I am personally opposed to such editions. My opposition is rooted not so much in the theological posture of the commentary but in the principle of running commentary itself."

4:32 PM  
Blogger pilgrim said...

Interesting point, but did you check out the original Geneva Bible?

I think it's interesting from an historical viewpoint. And also from a theological one.

5:29 PM  
Blogger said...

My comments were more in reference to the Reformation Study Bible, but at your suggestion I went and skimmed through the books of Matthew and Hebrews to try to get an idea how dense the study notes were and what their contents were like. Overall, it didn't seem too bad. The chapter level comments didn't seem all that dense, and the only chunks of commentary I noticed were introductions to the books.

Out of curiousity, what bible(s) do you use (normally) in your personal devotions?

8:19 PM  
Blogger pilgrim said...

I did relaize your comments were on the New Ref. Study Bible--I just wanted to ask about the main topic.

As for what Bible I use-I have used the NASB as my main Bible for a number of years, but am being "converted" to the ESV. I still like the NASB and also read the NKJV from time to time. I own several other translations I can check on, although that's very easy to do online now.
At a study if I know one translation will be the most common I'll often bring a different one. So at any time I may show up with an NASB, ESV, or even a NKJV.

10:44 AM  

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