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What Bible Did Jesus Use?

New Revised Standard Version - This translation was published in 1989. It is an effort to “continue in the tradition of the King James Bible,” although some changes were made.

Contemporary English Version - Produced by the American Bible Society in 1991, this is a translation of the New Testament only.

21st Century King James Version - According to the editor, this version is “not a translation” but rather an attempt to eliminate obsolete words and phrases found in the King James Version. It appeared in 1991.

The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language - Developed and written by Pastor Eugene Peterson and published in segments from 1993 to 2002. Published in its entirety in 2002 with both Old and New Testaments, it is a popular paraphrase taken from the original languages, but crafted in a way that expresses events and ideas in everyday language.

In closing, I trust my article has helped you to better understand the various types of Bible versions and why they were developed at different periods in history. Be assured there is much to be gained from studying the Holy Writ in different versions and styles. Even paraphrases shed light on some passages that are difficult. And for those who believe it’s a sin to use a paraphrase, even when the cover says, “Paraphrased Version,” perhaps it should be remembered that Paul the Apostle used a paraphrased quote of the Lord’s words in Acts 20:35, when he said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Did the Lord Jesus really say this, or did He say something like this? This proves that rabbis and teachers would often paraphrase certain quotes while at other times a literal rendering was required. Even when one paraphrases Scripture, the meaning is essentially the same as the literal. However, I believe it’s a good idea if you plan to paraphrase Scripture vocally or in writing, that you inform your audience so no one will assume what you say or write is literal Scripture.

Hopefully, you have learned from my article (if you didn’t already know), that Jesus did not quote Scripture from the King James Version, but likely from the Septuagint.

Sincerely, In His Grip,

Henry Harbuck

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Category: Biblical Studies, Winter 2015

About the Author: Henry A. Harbuck, Ph.D., Th.D., is General Overseer and President of AEGA Ministries International. He is an author, pastor, conference speaker, educator, and certified naturopathic physician. Seeing the need for truth and accountability in Christian leadership, he co-founded the Association of Evangelical Gospel Assemblies in 1988 as a fellowship that would provide spiritual and legal covering for independent ministers, ministries and churches. The AEGA now has members in 50 countries and networks in over 65 nations around the world. Dr. Harbuck completed a study aide in 2023 entitledThe New Millennia In-Depth Bible.

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