myBible – Translations

bible-translationsThe Anchor completed the lesson on the translation of the Bible from the original languages into the languages of the nations, with a special focus on the English language.  The earliest Bible translations likely occurred before the New Testament was even recorded.  Today, we have dozens of translations just in the English language.  What is the history of the translation process?  How do I make sense of all the English translations available today?  We broke this study into two segments: the history of Bible translation from the beginning to the King James Version.  We then devoted a second lesson to Contemporary English Bible Versions.  The latter lesson is based upon Chapter Two of the book, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Douglas Fee and Gordon Stuart.

These lessons are now posted on the myBible page.

The myBible series is divided into five broad topics:

  1. Structure & Organization of the Bible
  2. Inspiration of the Bible
  3. Canonization of the Bible
  4. Transmission of the Bible
  5. Translation of the Bible up to the King James Version
  6. Contemporary Translations of the English Bible

Check out the myBible page to download the latest lessons on Bible Translations.

myBible – Transmission

manuscriptThe Anchor completed the lesson on the transmission of the Old and New Testament texts in the myBible series.  The newest books of Scripture are almost 2,000 years old; the most ancient are around 3,500 years old.  Needless to say, the original manuscripts of the Bible do not exist.  All that we have today are copies of copies.  Yet God has preserved His Word for us.  The process of the preservation of God’s Word is the study of the transmission of the Bible.

In this lesson we looked at how the Old Testament and New Testament were copied and transmitted, leading up to the translations we have today.  This study builds a foundation for our upcoming study, the English Translations of the Bible.  This lesson is now posted on the myBible page.

The myBible series is divided into five broad topics:

  1. Structure & Organization of the Bible – Completed and posted
  2. Inspiration of the Bible – Completed and posted
  3. Canonization of the Bible  – Completed and posted
  4. Transmission of the Bible – Completed and posted
  5. Translation of the Bible  (Why are there so many translations?  Which ones are good?)

Check out the myBible page to download the new lesson on Inspiration.  Better yet, come visit us on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm to join us in the series and the current lesson on the Canonization of the Bible.  We would love to have you join us.  Check out The Anchor’s website for more information.

Every Member Able to Admonish (EMATA)

The ability to use God’s Word skilfully to discern good from evil is required for spiritual maturity.  God’s will is for all of His children to grow in the knowledge and discernment of the Word.  To that end, the Every Member Able to Admonish (EMATA) series is designed as a hands-on approach to learning how to rightly divide the Word of God.  The subjects are explained, examples are provided, and questions are given to allow the students to dig in the Word and put what they have just learned into practice.

This study is very popular at The Anchor because I usually only teach for about 20 minutes, after which we break up into small groups, assigning one or two questions to each group to work on, then return to share our results and engage in good discussion.  The youth are included and enjoy learning from the adults and being part of a group.  This is a great opportunity to disciple them and show them that God’s Word has answers to everyday problems and that through careful study and prayer, God will reveal them to us.  Click here to check out this series.