Beginning this week, you can get answers to your questions about the Bible, its scriptures, history, and doctrines. We plan to answer your questions each week from a purely Bible-based, non-denominational foundation. We seek Truth in all answers. Our goal is “To know Christ and to make Him known.”
We plan to print at least one question and answer (depending on available space), here on Facebook/our site. In addition, your question, with answers, may be featured in our live-streamed, 90-minute, “Ask The Bible” program scheduled to begin in April, 2021. We’ll keep you posted on developments of that program.
We use verifiable history, archaeological findings, and word research in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Of primary import is the concept of Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron.” We employ the principal that scripture proves scripture, scripture explains scripture, and scripture supports scripture. (Second Timothy 3:16,17).
Please remember, there are no “dumb” questions; and few are truly “simple.” A question you have in mind may also be on the minds of many others. All you need do is write out what you want to ask and send it to “Ask The Bible,” firstname.lastname@example.org. Our goal is to answer all legitimate questions we receive, provided we are not overwhelmed with email submissions. We will answer by return email as well as on facebook.
This week’s question is from Kamille, in Alaska. Kamille wants to know, “Why are there different versions and different translations of the Bible; and why do some have different words (in the same scripture) than others? Kamille, you can answer much of your question by looking up three words in the dictionary: “translation,” “transliteration,” and “adaptation.”
Answers to your question relating to different words can be found by researching the etymology of the three original languages of the Bible; Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. For example, in scripture, seven or more words are used for variations of the word translated “Praise.” The Hebrew language often includes the object of the word in the spoken word.
In these languages, the Bible uses eight different words for the English word “love.” The ESV (English Standard Version) is considered by many to be one of the best and is described as “an essentially literal” translation. Much can be learned and discerned by cross-referencing several translations such as the King James, The New King James, The New Living Translation, The New International Version, The American Standard Version, and others. A good study Bible will help you understand historical, archaeological, and even political nuances of Bible words and verses.
A comprehensive dictionary of Bible words, An exhaustive Concordance, An Oxford English Dictionary, and a Cambridge Unabridged Dictionary are great additions to your library when you delve into the great and deep meanings of the Holy Scriptures.