So, those of you who have joined me on this, how are you doing? I have been doing ok, although I have made a slight adjustment. At various points over the past month and a half I have been "tempted" to switch to a different Bible edition. While switching to a different translation has never been the issue, the edition that I want to read from has evolved a bit.
As I posted on January 1st, I committed to reading from two NRSV's, the 1991 NOAB and the HarperOne Compact Thinline for the entire year. I plan on doing a post soon as to why I chose the NRSV translation, but I will simply say now that I think the NRSV does the best of combining beautiful language with a (generally) formal equivalence translation philosophy, making it good for both reading and study. As I said, more on this in a future post.
For study and teaching, I have remained steadfast in using my beloved 1991 NOAB NRSV. It contains all the cross-references and annotations that I need on a daily basis as a teacher. I always seem to go back to this Bible, ever since I found it a few years back. However, the one thing that makes this Bible great, its large margins and easy reading page layout, makes it a bit difficult to use as a daily reading Bible for my morning prayer time or to take to a prayer group.
The Bible that I intended to be my reading Bible, the HarperOne Compact Thinline, is a fine Bible, but it just hasn't fit "my needs." Strange thing to say, huh? I feel even silly writing those word to be honest. With all the issues in the world today, I am worrying about something like this! However, the past month or so I feel like I have come to an important discovery about my relationship between prayer and scripture. I would say that my main issue, which I have only realized through prayer, is the need to simply read the Bible without any study helps or maps or commentary or even a concordance! I get too distracted with all those things. I need to strip those things away and simply become immersed in the sacred word. So, that is what I am going to do and, as we enter Lent, what a perfect time to do it! In a future post, I will share with you the Bible I am going to use for this, which was generously offered to me by someone else. I have come to prefer it for its portability and page layout. More on this soon.
So, that is where I am at right now. How are you?