Friday, December 26, 2014

Reading JOHN and The PSALMS through different eyes

This is a difficult review to write. I'm not a scholar of biblical Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic, so I can't be sure that the notes are accurate, (any more than I could in any other translation), and since the disclaimer is that the Passion Translation is not a word-for-word translation, but rather a thought-for-thought translation it's hard to see how true-to-the-original  it is.  Having said that, I have to admit that I really enjoyed reading "John : Eternal Love", (BroadStreet  Publishing Group, 2014) from the series The Passion Translation Bible.
                Brian Simmons' passion for the Word of God is evident in both this volume, and another volume, "The Psalms: Poetry on Fire", which was sent for me to review at the same time.  The words of the Word flow across the pages,  and make the parables and teachings come alive with new meaning to a familiar story. The poetry of the Psalms sings out with joy, without seeming to lose any of the meaning of the older and more familiar translations.
                Simmons has thoughtfully included many footnotes that help the reader to understand why he  has chosen particular words or phrasing, including a translation of the word or an explanation of how a particular word was used  in other works. The Words (or thoughts) of Jesus are in Bold print -similar to a red letter edition.
              The Passion Translation seems to be a work in progress:  several volumes cover some of the Old and Some of the New Testament. I certainly hope that Simmons completes the entire Bible, and instead of having to buy several books, the entire Bible will be available in one volume. The separate volumes are useful for Bible Study or small group, but there is much to be said for having everything in one place for easy reference.
          I would give each of these volumes a 5/5. A great new resource for anyone hoping to go deeper into God's Word.

            I was provided a copy of these two volumes in exchange for a review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. 

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