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Why Does my Bible Read the Way it Does?

This course seeks to answer a common question asked by lay people as to why different English translations of the Bible read so differently and why Catholic/Orthodox Bibles have more books in the Old Testament than do Jewish/Protestant Bibles. We will examine the complicated process by which English-speaking people have received their Bibles, how some books got included and others did not, how copies of the Biblical writings were handed down from generation to generation through hand copying of the text, and how the Bible was translated from Hebrew and Greek into English. We will conclude with a short description of the characteristics of the major English translations available on the market today.

Instructor Bio:

Gordon Lindsey, a retired Presbyterian minister, has been teaching adult education courses for some 30 years. His academic degrees include a BA from Wheaton College, a Diploma in Theology from Oxford University, and a Master’s of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Before entering the ministry, he worked in the business world for 30 years. 

Recommended Reading:

 Barton, John. How the Bible Came to Be, 1998.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B07 Gordon Lindsey Oct 30, Nov 6, 13 Mo 2:00-3:30 p.m. SCPS (UVA) WL

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