The Breath of God: The Bible Paraphrased

The big question: Why another Bible? There are hundreds of English translations of the Bible, aren’t there? Why is another coming out? Well the answer to this is that this is not “another Bible” in and of itself. It is a companion to the Bible. It is not a new translation of the Bible into English. It isn’t even a translation at all. There is no attempt at all to hide the fact that this project is in fact a paraphrase of the Bible. That means that this Bible is not in any way shape or form a “literal” rendering of God’s Holy Word, but in fact an attempt to bring that Word closer to the hearts and minds of the English-speaking world.

There is a tradition in Bible Translation (though every scholar will deny it) that when choosing the words to render a verse the hardest to understand version is picked. I am not going to comment on the purpose of this, whether it is viewed as scholarly, Holy or some other reason, but I do know that even the most easy to understand literal translations out there are still not in our modern dialect of English that is spoken today. No one speaks English the way that the Bible displays it.

For that reason (just as the great paraphrasers before us) we have elected make a paraphrase of the English Bible. You read that right: a paraphrase of the English Bible, not just one translation, but of the Bible as it has been translated into English. We have compared and contrasted translation after translation and gone through and looked at the original meanings of the words as well.

Inspiration came from the paper “Paraphrasing the Bible” by John Ellison. Paraphrasing the Bible comes now to a different point of view, not to put our names out there as great Theologians or editors of the Bible, but to exemplify the Lord as best we can and bring Him to the masses. The second part of inspiration we received was about the title. In 2 Timothy 3:16 God tells us that all Scripture is breathed out by God (or literally God-Breathed). That is where the title came from, that all Scripture is the Breath of God.

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