What is meant by “Thou shalt not revile the gods”?

Question: Exodus 22:28 in the King James Version states we are not to revile the gods. Some explain it meaning governors while some translations state “do not revile God.” What is the true history of this verse? Thank you. Answer: The word in question is elohim in the Hebrew. This word is typically translated “God,” but…

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The Origin of the King James Version

by Ethan R. Longhenry In my personal reading I have just completed two books that discuss the origins of the King James Version: In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How It Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture, by Alister McGrath, and God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible, by…

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William Tyndale: Christian, Translator, Martyr

by Jefferson David Tant William Tyndale (1494-1536) was a Reformation leader in England. He was born near Gloucester and has the distinction of being the first man to print the New Testament in English from the original Greek. (John Wycliffe had done a Latin to English translation in 1382). He was fluent in eight languages…

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Your explanation of Psalms 51:5 was just what I was looking for

Question: Hello brothers and sisters, Just wanted to drop you a note of thanks and appreciation for the work you do with your website. I was looking for a concise explanation of the various translations of Psalm 51:5. Imagine my joy when I found a church of Christ on the first page of my Yahoo! search.…

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What do you think of the Easy to Read Version?

Question: What about the Easy-to-Read Version? Answer: The English Version for the Deaf (ERD) was first published in 1978 by Baker Publishing House. American Sign Language, used by the deaf in the United States, does not follow the same grammar rules as English. Thus English is a second language for many of the deaf. The…

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Was the New Testament written in Greek or Aramaic?

Question: In what language was the New Testament written: Greek or Aramaic? Answer: The New Testament was written in Greek. All the earliest manuscripts are in Greek. The style of writing is in the Greek style, though some of the writers, such as Matthew, wrote with a Hebrew “accent,” if you would, but it was…

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Your translation of Jeremiah is way off

Question: Shalom, I wish more Christians studied scripture in its original language. I googled some information as to why Christians do not keep the laws of the five books of Moses. I came upon your website which quoted a few verses from Jeremiah. I am an orthodox Jew who lived in Israel. I speak, read,…

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What does “reviler” mean?

Question: What does “reviler” mean?  Does it mean only calling people names or does it mean swearing?   Answer: “But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner–not even to eat…

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