Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Testament Breakthrough Version review Part 2 conclusion

Instead of teaching people to study the Bible inductively, beginning with marking words and letting the text speak for itself, the sample of his way in having people study is the like placing the cart before the horse.  How?  By asking application questions before students have had time to mark recurring words or phrases, look up the original word and understand the meaning based on the context of the passage!

There are hard copies of books that every lay person can use to study deeper or some excellent software.  Believers have The Holy Spirit to lead them in all truth as Jesus told us; The Holy spirit is not referred to as the sacred Spirit as it in the Breakthrough version.  John the Baptist is not referred to as John the submerger as he is translated as in the Breakthrough version in Matthew 3:1.  One last point to show the problem with this Bible is in the introduction the author states on page on page iii: “The Breakthrough version also makes a breakthrough in quality by bringing the best of two worlds together. The worlds are literal translation and dynamic translation (paraphrases).”  Readers should know that a paraphrase is not a translation in any respect.  Finally, a marriage between a literal translation be it a word for word, phrase by phrase, or a thought for thought translation cannot happen with a paraphrase.  Why?  A paraphrase is “a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.” (Random House Dictionary)

The word picture of what I am attempting to convey is that a translation and a paraphrase would be like an unequaled or unequally yoked marriage.  Have you ever seen someone utilizing animals for work on a farm, travel or other means?  Do they put two of the same type of animals together or two different kinds together?  Can you imagine the difficulty of a driver yoking together to plow his fields donkeys with some dogs?  Would it work?  You and I both know it wouldn’t.
What ends up happening is a very confusing rendition of the Bible.  Now, regardless of the author’s intentions, my great concern is that people will become more confused and misguided.  The other concern is how this “version” can cause more infighting within the church than there already is plus it doesn’t help address the real need for Biblical literate believers.  We need to disciple and teach the Word.  If we don’t know an answer to a question given, then we go and find the answer, understanding there are things we simply do not understand this side of heaven.

So please understand my heart has a strong caution against using this version.  I can list even more problems I found, but I don’t want to write a review of that nature.  Just know that the other versions mentioned can be looked at more closely and understood better by simply reading the introduction so you know how that Bible has been translated and become a student of the Word.  In Scripture Paul encourages us to be like the Bereans, “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”  (Acts 17:11).  By the way, the life of a student or disciple of Christ is a lifelong pursuit.


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Testament Breakthrough Version review Part 1

Title:  New Testament Breakthrough Version
Author:  Ray Geide
Pages:  352
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Breakthrough Version Publishing
My rating is 1 star.

Recently I decided to participate in a study based on this Breakthrough Version.  Since I am very passionate about studying the Word and encouraging others to do so, I joined the group.  Now, for the protection of the website and people involved in the study, I will not divulge where this is taking place even though I have withdrawn.  Let me stop and say right here that removing myself from the group was to alleviate the stress I continued to feel when studying this version as well as for other reasons I will share momentarily.  While I commend the author for being diligent in studying, where is the accountability or peer reviews, comments or feedback?
Before I got a copy of this Bible, I went to the author’s site:  http://www.breakthroughversion.com/.  

At first, it indicates that the Bible Version Report Card shown right on the home page appears to be very biased.  Why?  When you go to the website listed by the grades http://bestbible.net/, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the author is himself the one who did the grading.
The original point of the study was to do a comparison with our Bible version(s) and then with the Breakthrough.  While in the study in portions of Romans we were assigned to do, there were notes on how the author translated the words.  However, there are no such translation notes in his version so people can know how he chose the words he inserted or changed or a Bibliography so others can follow if they so choose to see the path he took to come to the conclusions he did when writing.

When I got the Bible, the only thing in it was a list of words he changed.  For example, for the words “faith” and “believe” he uses one word “trust”.  Instead of letting the context determine why the words were chosen by the translators, he believes simplifying it will be easier with one word.  I highly disagree with this form of writing when one is a noun and the other a verb.  A person reading his version wouldn’t notice the difference and it is really confusing.

continued tomorrow.........

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lady Maybe


Title:  Lady Maybe
Author:  Julie Klassen
Pages:  400
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Berkley Books
Hannah Rogers is desperate to get her son back.  She was forced to live in a home for unwed mothers and after giving birth, her son was basically held hostage until she could afford to pay for his care.  The landlord, however, keeps raising the rates.  Hannah is forced to go back to the Mayfield home and ask for her job back to earn the necessary money to retrieve her son.  While on a journey to the country with the Mayfields, they are in a carriage accident.  While recovering from injuries, mistakes are made entrapping Hannah.  She knows she is doing wrong, but how else can she get her son back?  While contemplating that situation, she is also trying to sort out her feelings for two men.  She might set one free only to discover the other man holds no love for her.
Negatives:  Please be aware that the publisher for this book is not Bethany House, who has previously published some of this author’s books.  This is not a Christian publisher and that is evident in some of the content of the story.  The intimate scenes are more descriptive than in her other novels and add nothing to the storyline.  The infidelity of characters in the book is just too much.  There are a few brief references to God by Hannah, but not like in the author’s other stories where faith is more evident in the main characters.
Positives:  The description of this time period seemed spot on to me, and it is a period I enjoy reading about.  I liked the writing style of the author.  I also liked the one character who did speak of God the most, the housekeeper, Mrs. Turrill.  She speaks of God’s ability to forgive any sin; there is no sin that is so great that He cannot forgive.  She also shows the love of God to Hannah and Becky.  She tells them that God loves them and that they are valuable in His sight.  The author’s next book will be published by Bethany House, so I am hoping there will be more of a faith focus.
My rating is 3 stars.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ashes to Ashes by Mel Starr


Title:  Ashes to Ashes (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton #8)
Author:  Mel Starr
Pages:  224
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Lion Fiction
Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, bailiff and fourth son of a knight returns in his eighth adventure.  This time a midsummer celebration in the village of Bampton with a huge bonfire is the setting for the beginning of the story.  On the morning after the bonfire has burned out, some village men are gathering up the ashes when they discover a human skeleton.  Hugh is immediately called as is the coroner.  Hugh is given the task of identifying the bones as they are found on Lord Gilbert’s property.  As Lord Gilbert is Hugh’s boss, what Lord Gilbert wants is what Lord Gilbert gets.
Hugh begins to investigate, but has trouble identifying the body as no one claims to know of any missing men in the area.  Hugh spreads his search further and thinks he has identified the body only to be proven wrong.  Starting over, he begins his questions in a nearby small village and meets with animosity.  After questioning again and again, he thinks he knows who the skeleton is.  Now he has to determine motive and find proof, which proves to be a daunting task.  He is accosted and beaten badly, but refuses to give up.  He will see justice done!
Mel Starr deftly recreates life in England in the 1300s in this wonderful series.  I like history and mystery, so I get a double dose with Mel’s books!  Hugh’s character continues to develop and I appreciate the questions he poses regarding what the Lord Christ would want him to act or respond in certain situations.  Hugh also ponders some great truths of life that apply to life in today’s time period as well.  I like Hugh’s stubborn nature, refusing to give up on seeking justice even if it means sacrificing something of himself.  I eagerly look forward to book nine in the series, Lucifer’s Harvest, and can’t wait to see Hugh in action again.
My rating is 5 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”