Let's just be honest. Sometimes passages in the Old Testament can be tough to understand. For example, in Exodus 23:19, why does God prohibit cooking a young goat in its mother's milk? Why even bring that up there?
A solid paraphrase focuses on a section of Scripture, which might be an event, a speech, or even a whole chapter. Instead of trying to capture the exact wording, the paraphraser attempts to convey the meaning in modern English.
Word-for-word is probably the easiest translation method to explain. At its most rigid, this simply means that a translator takes a Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek word and renders it as an English word or phrase.
When you're looking back at Galilee in Scripture, you see hints of the tensions that existed, cultural, social, and theological. But really understanding this area where Jesus grew up requires a bit more digging.
You may want to pick a different type of Bible reading plan to keep things interesting, and we've added a number of new ones for 2013. There's certainly something to fit any lifestyle. So, how do you change plans? It's easy.
This year, we've focused a great deal of attention on producing helpful videos that provide solid answers about faith, the Bible, and Christian living. Here are just three to help you in your walk with Christ.
If you've looked around our site, you'll probably notice that we don't have a way to select a "default" version of the Bible. Maybe you thought we didn't have a way to do that. Actually, we do, and it's very easy.