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ODF: my selection of translations

This is a follow-up on Operation Deepen Faith.

I finally decided on how I was going to do this, and that is to decide on 10 different translations and read one chapter in all translations before moving on to the next chapter, and so on.

The 10 different translations I have decided to read is as follows:

  1. Indonesian Terjemahan Baru (ITB)
  2. Bahasa Indonesia Sehari-hari (BIS)
  3. New International Version (NIV)
  4. King James Version (KJV)
  5. The Message (MSG)
  6. New Living Translation (NLT)
  7. Amplified Bible (AMP)
  8. Hoffnung für alle (HFA)
  9. Scrivener’s Textus Receptus 1894 (TR1894)
  10. Nouvelle Edition de Genève 1979 (NEG79)
Yes, I have indeed decided to challenge myself a little bit more by adding different languages in the mix, including two which would be about 90% foreign, namely the TR1894 and NEG79. I figured it could also help with my language proficiency, as one of my lecturers pointed out once. Also, all versions are available on my iPod, although I need an internet connection for the NLT and HFA, so it’s that much easier to do the readings.
So far, I have completed my readings on Romans 1 and am moving on to chapter 2. I really need to build up my capacity in reflecting on the Scripture. I mean, it’s not like I don’t do it, it’s just that I don’t do it often enough, which results in it getting more and more difficult to do each time. I should’ve made reflection a habit but what d’ya know… the amount of academic work that needs to be done at the seminary takes the opportunity away from me!

Operation Deepen Faith

You would think that being a post-graduate student of theology on the road to becoming a pastor, I would have read the Bible a zillion times and read tons of theological books. Not so. Thanks to my very good capability to speed read, I got through 3 years of seminary doing only a minimal amount of reading. I have, however, realized that this is NOT how it should be. I am looking forward to doing more readings now that I’m out of seminary (ironic, I know). So when I found Operation Actually Read the Bible and saw all the challenges available there, well, my heart leaped for joy. I don’t know what it is with me and reading challenges, but I just seem to love them.

Anyways, challenge #1 — Operation Deepen Faith is supposed to be done January – December 2011, but I suppose there shouldn’t be a problem with me starting it in June instead. The challenge consists of two parts.

  1. Choose one book of the Bible to “study” over a period of time. Read this one book in multiple translations. –> I’m going to go for Romans because I’ve always wanted to study it ever since I learned that the book is dubbed “Paul’s Gospel”. I’m going to commit to level three, which is to read it in 10 different translations.
  2. Read some theology. With about 6 months available, I’m going to go for level three again and read six theological books.
Progress will be posted under the category “Operation Deepen Faith”.

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