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New Testament: Breakthrough Version Paperback – January 30, 2015
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About the Author
When Ray Geide was in the sixth grade, a friend told him, "I tried to read the Bible once, but there were too many thees and thous. I gave up." When he heard this, he wondered why someone had not updated the Bible and changed the thees and thous to “you” so that unchurched people like his friend could read it.
At that time he didn’t know that for almost fifty years God would prepare him to do just that and much more.
Early in his life, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and a Masters of Divinity degree with highest honors in New Testament Studies with an emphasis in New Testament Greek.
For many years, he taught about the Bible and its words in many churches. He pastored 5 churches.
In 1992 God called him to go to Russia as a missionary. For nine years he lived among the Russian people and became fluent in their language. This increased his Greek abilities because the Russian language is similar in structure and use to Greek.
While in Russia, he started a software development company, Super Win Software, Inc., to support his family and ministry. He often spent days and weeks solving complex problems with simple lines of code.
After returning to the United States, he worked as a translator for sixteen years in a nonprofit organization and for two years in a business.
God brought all these factors and many more together to build a more accurate Bible that unchurched people can read.
To learn more about Ray Geide and/or to read his articles about the Bible and its words, go to breakthroughversion.com.
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With that said let me say that I, personally, believe in the total inerrancy of the Word. I believe that it is and was totally 'God-breathed' as it says in 2 Timothy 3:16. I also believe it is totally our responsibility, as believers, to check out any passage or translation that does not 'ring true' for us with all the resources we have. So when I had a question about a passage I went to my Key Word Hebrew-Greek Study Bible, any or all of the commentary's I could find, a variety of other study Bibles, and did on-line research when necessary. Guess what? I never found a time when this translation was inaccurate or not applicable.
I received a copy of this Bible from Breakthrough Bible Publishing for the sole purpose of reading and review. The thoughts and comments in this review are totally my own and influenced only by my personal and life experiences. I have spent the past 6 months using this translation in teaching, study and worship experiences. It has shed light on some passages and taken me to new thoughts on things I already thought I knew. It is an excellent resource for any Bible teacher and I am delighted to add it to my library and highly recommend it for yours.
I hoped that this translation would shed light on challenging passages, words and phrases that can be interpreted in several ways.
Regrettably, this was not the case.
Instead, I found the New Testament Breakthrough translation full of claims such as certain words being outdated or fabricated - words that are universally understood by Christians such as study, grace, worship and believe - that the author never substantiates.
To correct these so-called problems, the author created the New Testament Breakthrough Version.
Unfortunately, the translation does not illuminate the text - it diminishes it. The New Testament Breakthrough Version strips away the essence, heart and meaning of the passages.
For instance, the author replaces the word "apostle" with the word "missionary" - but this is not an acceptable substitute! The two words have different meanings! For instance, Paul - who wrote a significant portion of the New Testament - is not simply a missionary - he is an apostle - a disciple specifically chosen by Jesus to spread the gospel to the world!
This concept is an important part of New Testament teaching because enemies of the gospel have tried to undermine Paul's authority as an apostle since biblical times - and today, they continue to do so as a way to undermine the authority of the Bible!
There are many good Bible translations that modernize the text yet manage to ensure linguistic accuracy. Unfortunately, this is not one of them.
I regret that I am unable to endorse or recommend this book in any way.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review consideration from the publisher. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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