Reading Scriptures in Common Language
There are more than a hundred completed Bible translations in the English language. Though most readers tend to stick to one version, it is a common and wise practice to use alternate translations for comparison and for personal study.
A thought-for-thought version of the Holy Scriptures, the Good News Translation, found at GNT.Bible, is considered a “common language” Bible. Bible Gateway describes it as “a clear and simple modern translation that is faithful to the original Hebrew, Koine Greek, and Aramaic texts. The GNT is a highly trusted version.”
Some helpful resources offered on the GNT.Bible website includes:
Available for download is a free 7-day reading plan to help you experience more of God's peace.
Links to dozens of translations of the Good News Bible, including:
- Lectio Divina Revised Manual
- Catholic Edition
- English/Spanish Bilingual
- Strength for the Street
- and many more!
The GNT can be searched and read in its entirety on the site. Queries can be run with keywords or Bible passages, and the results are thoroughly easy to read.
Best-Selling Artist's Drawings
Though not featured on the site, some editions of the Good News Bible contain line drawings of biblical events by best-selling artist, Annie Vallotton. The art is simple and timeless, managing to convey emotion and detail with simple drawings.
The Good News Bible was born out of the translation theories of linguist Eugene Nida, the Executive Secretary of the American Bible Society’s Translations Department. In the 1960s, Nida envisioned a new style of translation called “dynamic equivalence,” described as:
“the meaning of the Hebrew and Greek would be expressed in a translation ‘thought for thought’ rather than ‘word for word.’”
Visit GNT.Bible today and use the search function in your daily Bible study time. Leave us a comment and let us know how familiar verses seen in slightly new ways have impacted you.
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