Tuesday after Pentecost 10
August 11, 2009
We continue at Lamb of God Lutheran Church (LCMS or LC-MS) our Sunday morning Bible study series titled “Puzzlers and Questions about the Bible.” This coming Sunday (the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 16, 2009) we will be looking at 1 John 5:4-8. If you compare the King James on verses 7 and 8 with other modern translations like the English Standard or the New American Standard, you will notice some marked differences. The King James is longer. The questions submitted are based on the King James translation. This will give us an excellent opportunity to understand why there are such differences. Those of you in our NT Greek Language class will get a foretaste of the first topic we will cover after we finish the Voelz text book. The subject is called “Textual Criticism.”
You do find Christians who feel the only “real” Bible is the King James translation. For them passages like this one becomes very important in their rejection of other translations because the other translations have eliminated words from the Bible (in their thinking). Therefore this study might be quite helpful in understanding that we stand on God’s Word as originally written by the prophets and evangelists, not just a translation of it. This will also help you to understand why our pastors all take Greek and Hebrew.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert