Epistles of John and Updates

Updates on the Breath of God Bible:

Well, I, RB, general editor at Breath of God Ministries, would like to update you on the status of many of our projects. We are currently working hardest of all on the World English Bible: Breath of God Edition. We have 1st John through Jude now finished and up on the website. (You can find them here.) I have finished my run through of the these books.

We are always looking for editors and contributors so if you would like to become part of this ministry please get in touch with us at thebogministries@gmail.com. Thanks!

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First Book of the Bible Up

We are pleased to announce that we have now made the first book from our forthcoming World English Bible: Breath of God Edition available! This book is The Epistle of Jude.  You can get it if you go WEB: Breath of God Edition page. We are super happy to make this resource available to you.  This also showcases the format that we plan on using for the Breath of God Edition of the World English Bible from this point on.

If you have any questions, feedback, complaints, comments or concerns you can always e-mail us at thebogministries@gmail.com, or leave a comment on this post. If you want to get involved in this ministry’s activities please get in touch with us through the above e-mail.

We hope you enjoy The Epistle of Jude.

In Christ,
BOG Ministries

New Page and Examples of Works to Come

Hey everyone,

We have just added a new page that has a small explanation of the three projects that we are currently working on. You can see it at the top it is called ‘The Bible’. It also has some exciting links to PDF mock-ups (examples) of the works that we plan on producing in the future.

On that we page we have examples of everything from the BOG itself to the Byzantine Textform Interlinear that we will be producing.

Thank for checking in,
BOG Ministry Team

An Update

First things first:

We are posting this to let you know where we are in the process of paraphrasing the Bible. We are exhaustively comparing and contrasting readings for the paraphrase and are coming up on the end of the Gospel of John. We have added a Scholar of Biblical Greek as a resource to be able to pull from as well.

We have also changed some of our goals and focuses:

Goals (all of which are discussed in the paragraphs below):

  1. Paraphrase the Bible into modern, spoken English.
  2. Make the Bible Freely Available in English
  3. Make the New Testament Freely Available in the Original Greek
  4. Produce High Quality study aids and tools for those who wish to get into and study the Bible.

In the working of this ministry we have always had our goal of making the Word of God understandable for anyone and everyone who speaks English. This is, and always has been, our primary goal.

Our secondary goal has also been there all along and that is making the Bible Freely Available to anyone and everyone. To that end we have started with the World English Bible® (WEB®) and have started formatting that for publish as PDFs and paperback editions (the money of which will go to supporting Bible donations and free Bible giving). It is possible in the future that we (since, as stated above, we now have a Greek Scholar as a resource) may produce our own original translation (meaning not holding to the traditions of previous translations), but for now we are using the freely accessible and public domain World English Bible. (To find out more about the WEB Click Here.)

Our tertiary goal is to have the New Testament in the Original Language (Greek) Freely Available for anyone and everyone to have and use. To that end we have gained the text of the Robinson and Pierpont, The New Testament in the Original Greek: Byzantine Textform, 2005 (Chilton Book Publishing, 2005). We have chosen this text because it is in the Public Domain and freely available. We are only formatting the text (leaving out any critical apparatus) and will be producing high-quality PDFs of the text. We also plan on publishing this text in paperback form (again with the proceeds of which will go to supporting Bible donations and free Bible giving). We have chosen to publish this text because it is out of print and we would like to see it readily available to all. (To find out more about this Greek Text Click Here.)

A goal that we have which is a culmination of the two previous goals is we wish to publish a few variants of the above Bibles including (but not limited to):

  1. An Interlinear New Testament:
    Including the Greek Text and the WEB (in a separate column) with a literal word for word translation below the Greek.
  2. A Greek/English New Testament with the Greek Text on the left hand page and WEB translation on the right hand page.
  3. Two Parallel New Testaments:
    One with the WEB and BOG
    A Second (Possibly) with the Greek Text, WEB and the BOG.
  4. An Array Study Bibles (this also relates to the next goal which is explained below).

Our quaternary goal is to produce high quality study aids. This could be anything from work books to Study Bibles (which we already want to produce as stated above). These would be things that allow people to get into the Word of God better and help those who are seeking.

Above all else our Goal is honor God. We want our work to be pleasing to Him and point to Him rather than detracting from Him. We hope that our work will help people to get into His Word and study to find out what it says. To that end we are (in every way possible) attempting to present the Word without doctrinal or theological bias.

One Final Update:

We have changed the formatting for the Breath of God: the Bible ParaphrasedTM and are now reissuing John Chapter 1:

CHAPTER 1

“Jesus, the Word of God, is God. John bore witness of
Him and points Him out. Jesus calls his first disciples.”

The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, which was with God, was God 2and existed in the beginning with God. 3Everything was made through Him, without whom there would be nothing. 4And through Him life was what was made, and that life is a light to all people. 5A light which shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot put it out.

6There was a man named John. He was sent by God 7to tell all about the Light, so that all might believe because of his words. 8John was not the Light, he came only to tell of the way of the Light.

9The actual Light, who gives light to everyone, was entering the world. 10He was on the earth, which had been made through Him, but the people did not know Him. 11He came to His own people but they rejected him. 12But, to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the ability to become children of God, 13who are not born from blood, from flesh nor from men, but are born from God.

14And the Word became flesh and lived on the earth with us. We have seen His glory, a glory that shines as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15John told of Him as he called, “This is Him! The One I told you was going to come after me, but was greater than I, because He existed before I did.” 16For out of His abundance He has given us gracious gift after gracious gift. 17For the Law came through Moses, Grace and Truth came through Jesus the Messiah . 18For no one has ever seen God, but the only Son of God who is at the very heart of the Father has explained him.

The Testimony of John the Baptist
19This is what John had said. When the Jews sent priests, and those of the tribe of Levi, from Jerusalem to ask him who he was, 20he was honest with them. He told them the truth and didn’t try to hide anything, but simply said, “I am not the Messiah.”

21So then they asked, “Who are you then, Elijah?”

He answered, “No, I’m not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

And he answered, “No.”

22So they said, “Tell us who you are because we need to give an answer to those who sent us. Tell us anything about yourself.”

23He said, “I am the voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make the path of the Lord straight, ’ just as the prophet Isaiah said.”

24Now the Pharisees had sent them 25and they asked, “Why are you baptizing, if you’re not the Messiah, Elijah nor the Prophet?”

26John answered, “I baptize with water, but there is One among you and you don’t know Him. 27It’s Him who comes after me, and I’m not worthy enough to even touch His sandals.” 28All of this happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Behold Jesus the Lamb of God
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and he said, “Hey! Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the One that I said, ‘He will come after me, but is greater than I, because He existed before me.’ 31I didn’t know Him, but that’s why I started baptizing, that He might reveal Himself to Israel.” 32John spoke of what he had seen, “I saw the Spirit coming down like a dove out of the sky and it stayed on Him. 33I didn’t recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said, ‘The One that the Spirit comes down upon and stays on, this is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34This is what I have seen and told you, that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus’ First Disciples
35The next day John was standing with two of his disciples 36and again saw Jesus. John said, “Hey! Look, the Lamb of God!” 37John’s two disciples heard him say this so they followed Jesus.

38Jesus turned and saw them following Him and asked, “What do you want?”

And they replied, “Rabbi,” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39And He answered, “Come and see for yourselves.”

So they went with Him and saw where He was staying, and stayed with Him for the Day (for it was late in the afternoon, being about four o’clock). 40One of these two who heard John speak was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41The first thing he did was go find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah!” (This means Christ.)

42He brought Simon to Jesus and Jesus took one look at him and said, “You’re Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (or Peter).

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee and found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44(Philip was from Bethsaida, the same place that Andrew and Peter were from.)

45Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We found the One that Moses wrote of in the Law and the Prophets spoke of. It’s Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph .”

46Nathanael replied, “Nazareth? Does anything good come from Nazareth?”

Philip simply said, “Come and see.”

47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him He said, “Look here, a real Israelite with nothing fake about him.”

48Nathanael replied, “How do You know me?”

Jesus answered, “Before Philip invited you here, when you stood under the fig tree, I saw you.”

49Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”

50Jesus said to him, “Because I said, ‘I saw you standing under the fig tree,’ you believed? Just wait and you will see things that are far greater.” 51Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels coming down and going back up on the Son of Man as on a ladder.”

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.

Breath of God

The Breath of God: The Bible ParaphrasedTM (BOGTM) get’s its name from 2 Timothy 3:16 where the words written about Scripture says that it is (literally) God-Breathed or Breathed out by God. That is where we have taken the name for our new version from the Bible from. We will be posting information about our latest news soon.

But for now we leave you with John Chapter 1 as it will appear in the BOGTM:

THE GOOD NEWS ACCORDING TO JOHN
CHAPTER 1

“Jesus, the Word of God, is God. John bore witness of
Him and points Him out. Jesus calls his first disciples.”

The Word Became Flesh
(1-5) In the beginning was the Word, which was with God, was God and existed in the beginning with God. Everything was made through Him, without whom there would be nothing. And through Him life was what was made, and that life is a light to all people. A light which shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot put it out.

(6-8) There was a man named John. He was sent by God to tell all about the Light, so that all might believe because of his words. John was not the Light, he came only to tell of the way of the Light.

(9-13) The actual Light, who gives light to everyone, was entering the world. He was on the earth, which had been made through Him, but the people did not know Him. He came to His own people but they rejected him. But, to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the ability to become children of God, who are not born from blood, from flesh nor from men, but are born from God.

(14-18) And the Word became flesh and lived on the earth with us. We have seen His glory, a glory that shines as of the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. John told of Him as he called, “This is Him! The One I told you was going to come after me, but was greater than I, because He existed before I did.” For out of His abundance He has given us gracious gift after gracious gift. For the Law came through Moses, Grace and Truth came through Jesus the Messiah . For no one has ever seen God, but the only Son of God who is at the very heart of the Father has explained him.

The Testimony of John the Baptist
(19-23) This is what John had said. When the Jews sent priests, and those of the tribe of Levi, from Jerusalem to ask him who he was, he was honest with them. He told them the truth and didn’t try to hide anything, but simply said, “I am not the Messiah.” So then they asked, “Who are you then, Elijah?” He answered, “No, I’m not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said, “Tell us who you are because we need to give an answer to those who sent us. Tell us anything about yourself.” He said, “I am the voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make the path of the Lord straight, ’ just as the prophet Isaiah said.”

(24-28) Now the Pharisees had sent them and they asked, “Why are you baptizing, if you’re not the Messiah, Elijah nor the Prophet?” John answered, “I baptize with water, but there is One among you and you don’t know Him. It’s Him who comes after me, and I’m not worthy enough to even touch His sandals.” All of this happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan where John was baptizing.

Behold Jesus the Lamb of God
(29-34) The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and he said, “Hey! Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One that I said, ‘He will come after me, but is great than I, because He existed before me.’ I didn’t know Him, but that’s why I started baptizing, that He might reveal Himself to Israel.” John spoke of what he had seen, “I saw the Spirit coming down like a dove out of the sky and it stayed on Him. I didn’t recognize Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said, ‘The One that the Spirit comes down upon and stays on, this is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ This is the what I have seen and told you, that this is the Son of God.”

Jesus’ First Disciples
(35-42) The next day John was standing with two of his disciples and again saw Jesus. John said, “Hey! Look, the Lamb of God!” John’s two disciples heard him say this so they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following Him and asked, “What do you want?” And they replied, “Rabbi,” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” And He answered, “Come and see for yourselves.” So they went with Him and saw where He was staying, and stayed with Him for the Day (for it was late in the afternoon, being about four o’clock). One of these two who heard John speak was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. The first thing he did was go find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah!” (This means Christ.) He brought Simon to Jesus and Jesus took one look at him and said, “You’re Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (or Peter).

(43-51) The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee and found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” (Philip was from Bethsaida, the same place that Andrew and Peter were from.) Philip went and found Nathanael and told him, “We found the One that Moses wrote of in the Law and the Prophets spoke of. It’s Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph .” Nathanael replied, “Nazareth? Does anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip simply said, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him He said, “Look here, a real Israelite with nothing fake about him.” Nathanael replied, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip invited you here, when you stood under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus said to him, “Because I said, ‘I saw you standing under the fig tree,’ you believed? Just wait and you will see things that are far greater.” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth you’re going to see heaven open and God’s angels coming down and going back up on the son of Man as on a ladder.”