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1. BIBLES - English (paper-based and software-based)
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1. BIBLES - English (paper-based and software-based)
PRINTED (ON PAPER) EDITIONS OF THE BIBLE
Fenton's New Testament in Modern English, by Ferrar Fenton (New York: Oxford University Press, 1905) - (MBE). Sakae Kubo and Walter Specht (So Many Versions: Twentieth Century English Versions of the Bible, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1975, page 210) comment:
Farrar Fenton was a London businessman who devoted some twenty years of his life to fulfill a pledge of making the Scriptures intelligible "through the use of modern English." This work by an amateur was popular for a time, but "its erroneous and inaccurate renderings have rather damaged its earlier favor" (Price).
Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Text, by George M. Lamsa (New York: Harper Collins, originally 1933, renewed 1968). For a comments on this version, browse:
King James Version, 1611 Edition - (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, no date) - As the cover page states, this is "A word-for-word reprint of the First Edition of the Authorized Version." It includes the Apocrypha and all of the marginal notes contained in the original KJV. [book review] Among other KJV Bibles in the BibleTexts library is the following:
The Translators to the Reader: The Original Preface of the King James Version of 1611 Revisited, by edited by Errol F. Rhodes and Liana Lupas (NY: American Bible Society, 1997). This is a very eye-opening writing, which was actually part of the original 1611 KJV. It explains the purpose, methods, expectations, and limitations of the King James Version. It includes photocopies of each of the original pages plus modern English transcription of those pages, to enable readers today to more easily read this original preface, where letters, spelling, and punctuation were quite different than they are today.
New American Standard Bible (New York: Thomas Nelson, 1977) [book review] - An excellent resource.
Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible: New American Standard Bible, edited by Spiros Zodhiates (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1990) [book review]
Word Study Greek-English New Testament with Complete Concordance (edited by Paul R. McReynolds, Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1998) [book review]
The Word: The Bible from 26 Translations, edited by Curtis Vaughan (Gulfport, MS: Mathis Publishers, Inc, 1993) - Based upon the KJV, this has verse-by-verse major variations from 25 other translations. - A useful resource.
(MBE) = This indicates that the above-listed English Bibles with a "(MBE)" notation were also in Mary Baker Eddy's personal library. Of these nine Bible versions, the only one that did not have her own hand-written notes or from which she did not quote was Fenton's Bible. (Interestingly, Fenton's Bible was popular in Mrs. Eddy's day but later was found to be not very reliable.) This indicates that, for her own study and edification, she did use the King James Version (1611), the Revised Version (1881, 1885), the American Standard Version (1901), Rotherham's Bible (1868..1902), Weymouth's New Testament (1903), the Twentieth Century New Testament (1998..1904), Nave's Topical Bible (1904), and Moulton's Bible (1895..1907).
Mary Baker Eddy also had copies of and made hand-written notes in John Wycliffe's New Testament translation (1388), William Tyndale's New Testament translation (1525), an English version of the Polyglot Bible (1836), and several other English language editions. She also had a copy of Julia E. Smith's Bible translation (1876), but she wrote no notes in that version. (These four versions are not listed above, because I do not own copies of them.) For detailed information on Mary Baker Eddy's use of the Bible, browse http://www.bibletexts.com/bl-ver.htm.
SOFTWARE EDITIONS OF THE BIBLE
ABS Reference Bible on CD-ROM (American Bible Society, 1995) - An entire collection of Bible study resources on one CDROM. Contains complete editions of six major English translations, Spanish and German Bibles, ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Latin texts, plus more than a dozen reference works. (The American Bible Society no longer carries this resource.)
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge - an exhaustive index of biblical cross-references
Concord: A Study Project - (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1988, 1990, 1998)
This is a software program that contains the complete King James Version (Cambridge edition) Bible, as well as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and the other published writings of Mary Baker Eddy, plus the Christian Science Hymnal (including the capability of playing each hymn). Though Concord only includes the KJV, its search and storage mechanisms are still the best of any Bible program that I have seen. It gives you the ability to take a text file with Bible references (e.g., "John 8:31,32") listed on the left-hand column, and Concord will easily display and/or print the full text of all the Bible reference or just selected verses. This is very convenient and efficient. Up to seven different Bible search/reference windows can be open at one time. Concord is a tremendous tool for studying the weekly Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson, especially if you subscribe to the disk-based, electronic edition of the Christian Science Quarterly. (The Quarterly, electronic and otherwise, can be purchased at Christian Science Reading Room or can be ordered directly from The Christian Science Publishing Society at 1-800-456-2220.)
Logos-4 Bible Software 2.1 CD
This software comes on one or more CDROMs, depending on whether you purchase level 1, 2, 3, 4, or additionally available resources.) (CDROM: Logos Research Systems) This is the most expandable Bible research software available today, and it has an unequaled library of scholarly Bible dictionaries and commentaries. Many publishers are publishing their Bible research tools to integrate with the Logos software system. (Available at 1-800-875-6467 or at http://www.logos.com.) Some of the many, many resources available from Logos are the following:
PC Study Bible (BibleSoft, 1989) - A collection of Bible study resources.
QuickVerse (Parsons) - A collection of conservative Bible study resources.
The Word Processor (Bible Research Systems, 1982) - This was one of the earliest (or earliest) DOS-based Bible research tools.
Various Bible versions and their New Testament bases
For a listing of Bible versions that provides a comparison of the reliability of the textual basis for each translation, see
For online information on some additional Bibles, see also
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