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Still Loving My Bibles

I've been spending more time with my NLT Study Bible and have really been enjoying it. I decided that I will use it as my primary bible for this year's Disciple Bible Study. We're nearing the end of the second week in the study, so I've had a few more hours with this Bible as part of the studying. I'm trying to make sure that I have enough time in my preparation to read both the assigned text and the study notes related to that text. So far for this study, I've been through several chapters in Deuteronomy as well as I and II Kings.The more I use this Bible, the more I like it. The notes really help enhance the reading without being lame.

I'm also doing a better job of keeping up with my daily devotional reading. For that, I'm using the ESV Literary Study Bible that I received for my birthday last year. I'm also really enjoying this one. It doesn't have the notes on individual verses like other Study Bibles do, but the section notes they have for each of the sections are interesting. They really focus on the literary aspects of the text. It's a bit different approaching the Scripture from that mindset in my devotional reading, and I think it's a good approach for me. It helps me to re-examine familiar passages through a new lens and, in general, helps me to stay more actively interested in continuing the daily readings.

For my Sunday School lesson prep, I continue to rely on the various translations and tools I use through Accordance, the best Bible software in the world. It really helps simplify the work I do for class.

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wxgeek
Sep. 24th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
the NLT is a really decent translation. very readable.
drmellow
Sep. 24th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
Yes. The more I read the text, the more I like it.
asqmh
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
I enjoy different study Bibles, but my favorite will probably always be my Oxford Annotated.
drmellow
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. I love that one, too. It's been too long since I cracked it open. The first time I taught a Disciple study, that's what I used. It's also my go-to Bible when I'm preparing a sermon.
asqmh
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
Initially, I was drawn to the NRSV for the scholarship aspects of the translation, but it's my comfort translation as much as anything anymore. And my O.A. is an old friend. My Bibles all have different times, situations and memories attached to them, too. This Bible was my companion for these theology classes, that one for those. The notes I've made in all of them reflect different points in my spiritual growth and looking through my NIV Life Application Bible the other day, I found my first Greek quiz tucked over in 1 John -- very appropriate. (The Life Application Bible notes get on my nerves, so it's not high on my rotation.)

Isn't it odd that so much of the world doesn't even have a copy in their native tongue, but I've got tons of different versions in English, German, Spanish, Greek and Hebrew? Sometimes I forget that the extreme wealth we have, even when the economy is crap, is so blatantly smeared everywhere -- even on our scripture.

Sorry. Rambling. Ignore me.
drmellow
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
Not really rambling, much. And it's pretty similar to thoughts I have from time to time. The number of Bibles that I own but don't (currently) use is really disgraceful. I'm trying to do a better job of intentionally rotating them through the various things I do.

I also have a Bibles for different things. It's kinda weird, but it's also very comfortable.
asqmh
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
By the way, you've been extremely missed around these parts. Glad to see you posting.
drmellow
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
Thanks. I've really missed posting. As you can see, I've been holding on to a few things that I wanted to write about. In addition to the massive posting I'm doing now, there are scores of posts that I'll never get around to writing.

Even though I've not been posting, I've been good about reading and keeping up with everyone. Even though I haven't even been leaving comments, I've still been reading.
christtrekker
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Have you taken a look at the new printing (by Tolle Lege) of the 1599 Geneva Bible? I'm really enjoying the time I get to spend with mine. I wish I got to spend more time than I do...
drmellow
Sep. 24th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't looked at it.

Now you're adding things to my wishlist. Thanks. ;-)
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