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Bible

The Bible is important for the life of the people of God. All clergy in the Episcopal Church (bishops, priests, and deacons), make an ordination declaration regarding the Scriptures, currently: "I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation...." 

For resources related to "The Text This Week", including an art concordance, click: Here.

For "Journey Through the Bible in 3 1/2 minutes" video series (3 videos) from the Bible Society, UK, click: Here.

For ways to explore the Bible, especially online for mobile devices, click: Here. The Bible Society, UK.

There are several ways to approach the Bible in good faith. There are many translations and media versions of the Bible. The closer ones for Episcopalians/Anglicans track with the Nicene Creed and Apostles' Creed, the 10 Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Sacraments, and include information pertaining to the Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament in a respectful way.

The Episcopal Church favors the NRSV of the Bible in its worship services (New Revised Standard Version), though there is an approved list for public worship. For private study, whatever works and makes most sense of it all, go for it. An NRSV Study Bible could be helpful. Having said all this, the best Bible is the one that you read.

Whatever Bible you choose will consist of translator choices. Bibles fall along a continuum between "word-for-word" translation and "thought for thought" translation.

As someone once said when asked "what is the best Bible to read?": the best Bible to read is the one that you read.

A caution:

Any of the links provided in this Web site, including the tabs for the Bible study section are for general usefulness. Occasionally, some of these materials (because they are intended for adults, because of the nature of the content of the Bible, the world of the Bible, and the application of the Bible to us) may venture into the realm which one might associate with PG-13.

 

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