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What Bible Translation Is Best?

All summer long on Shabbat Night Live, Nehemia Gordon joins Michael Rood for jaw-dropping Q&A sessions — tonight’s query: “What Bible Translation Is Best?”

Former Orthodox Jew (now Karaite) and former Baptist Jew Michael Rood provide some intriguing answers from a Hebraic way of thinking about the Almighty!

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17 thoughts on “What Bible Translation Is Best? – Q&A with Nehemia Gordon

  1. I have 2 excellent versions one being Hebraic Roots Verson – A Literal Translation from congregation of YHWH, and the other is the Aleph Tav Cepher from WND which also has the electronic version from the iTunes store or Google Play Store

  2. Thank you for this teaching. I personally use the JPS Tanakh and the Aramaic-English Peshitta. I also believe that we should study the Ancient Near East history to understand everything in context. The Bible doesn’t always makes sense to modern people.

    • No, it doesn’t. This is one of the reasons the Chronological Gospels and all of our teachings are so important. They will give you historial reference, cultural context, and so much more.

  3. As a Christian who neither reads nor speaks Hebrew or Greek how do I find an English translation that doesn’t add or subtract from the actual text? Nehemiah has advised to compare / contrast different versions, but if I compare two incorrect versions how do I find the truth?

    • Paul Melonas, thanks for your reasonable logic.

      The bad news is that all people who rely on any of the “translations”, the “versions”, that are available today do not know the truth. The truth has been covered and hidden from them either through translating in ignorance or through willful deceit. From Genesis through Revelations, all of these versions have added to or subtracted from the true Word of our Creator. They all feed off of each other and end up presenting the same perversions in a slightly different package.

      The good news is that there is one way to uncover the true Word. There are small remnants and vestiges of the truth scattered throughout these perverse versions. By identifying, verifying and analyzing these scraps of truth, it is still possible, by building on these, to remove, layer by layer, all the perverse lies and to progress to the truth. It may require a person to strive for years to accomplish the task. The time required is determined by their desire, perseverance, and how much they beseech our Creator to reveal the truth to them.

      Our Creator has given each one of us His authority to perform this task. It’s one of the few remnants of His True Word that is still available in the writings for us to find and do.

      It is possible to find and, more importantly, do the truth.

      Yara shalam

  4. A word about the WORD of God
    The correct books of the Holy Bible that you have in our hands today were separated from the false ones during a small Cannon meeting 149AD of the Bishops of the Christian Church whose work was later validated and was designated as the Churches 85th Cannon in the year 325AD during the 1st Ecumenical Synod in Constantinople. These 85 Holy canons were delivered to the Apostles by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost and they represent still today Gods unchanged plan for the Salvation of all mankind.
    Cannons of the Apostles
    http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/cannons_apostles_rudder.htm

    The Holy Bible is “a word about the Word of God” that only describes the will of God. The Holy Bible is inspired by God, it contains a rational attestation about events that were seen, experienced, and learned according to the size of each person’s receptivity, but it cannot be interpreted (given meaning to) outside the Personal EXPERIENCE of the Saints who wrote it that got to know the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God. The Holy Bible was delivered by the Church as the books that Christians were to read only as part of their Salvation. Christians are called to inherit in their lives the morality of Christ and the teachings found in the Old and New Testament that are aimed to do just that. Being Holy however, is something that only God Logos can provide for man with his Holy Sacraments as High priest and Mediator to His Father. This is because being Holy is not a moral description of a person it is ~a part take with God~ that begins with Baptism delivered by the Apostles that REMAKES man to god man, part man part God! Being Holy is also described as becoming a New Creation because never before since creation there was known a union of man with his God Creator.
    This is how Paul describes His personal experience, as being a new creation. (Gal 2:20) “So that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” Paul admits that God (Christ) lives in him, making him this way – part man and part god- a god-man by His Grace, a way of being never seen on heaven or earth before. (Galatians 6:15) “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature”. So the heavenly Kingdom is NOT a “place” it is “a way of being” a UNION of man with God Creator Himself, begotten and experienced from this here life. (Luke 17:21) No one will say, “Look here it is”! Or, “There it is!” because the Kingdom of God is within you”. This is how the Apostles and the Saints did/do their miracles…it is not man that does them it is the God (Holy Spirit) within!
    God bless

  5. HELP ME!
    KJV says the mark of the beast is IN the right hand or forehead and the other translations like NASB NKJV ESV AMP says it’s ON the right hand or the forehead Revelation 13:16???????????????????????? What’s the right one??????????

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