Bibles

Bibles
Bibles,
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When I posted the quote earlier, I needed to cross-reference it to verify the phrasing. This is when I realizd I collect Bibles, although inadvertantly to this point.

Most of what you’ll find in terms of American Bibles (and that includes the Gideon Bibles) are King James versions. Most “Modern English” translations are the result of the past 150 +/- years. I suppose I aught to look into the Sonney Family Bible(s) if any such thing exists from the old country.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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5 Responses to Bibles

  1. apathychild says:

    …Yes, I imagine most “modern English” translations do come from the last 150 years. Seriously, though, I seem to recall from my Baker days that the KJV still has the biggest market share, but the NIV (pub. 1973) has the second, with all other contenders trailing far behind. I want to say the KJV and NIV together make up well over 50% of the total sales, though I could be misremembering. This site may interest you; there’s a timeline of various versions way down at the bottom. –A.

  2. alchemist says:

    Whoa! What a great link! that is EXACTLY the sort of information I was going to look for (eventually). It also explians the history behind some fo the more “obscure” versions.

    The notes on the removal of the Apocrypha in 1880 also gives me some ammo in the ever popular “The KJV is the one true Bible and all others are not the true word of God!” that we get down here….

    And now I want a Geneva (or not…$250 for the least costly reproduction) and a KJV with the Apocrypha in addition to an HCSB (I have to wonder what’s special about the HCSB and why that’s *THE* version reccomended by the Southern baptist Convention…)

  3. badger says:

    I’ve read a fair bit of the Geneva, and it has a very different feel to it when compared to the KJ.

  4. alchemist says:

    That wouldn’t surprise me, given the evolution fo langage and scholarship in the interveining years.

    I wonder what project Guetenberg has….

  5. h_postmortemus says:

    I’ve got a copy of the Satanic bible somewhere downstairs along with the King James. And the Shakespeare, of course…

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