After watching, head over to BibleGateway.com and try out the same search I did near the end of the video. If you do it the same way I did, you’ll end up with this webpage. Now, if you have a favorite passage of the Bible, search for it the same way and see how it reads in translations other than the one you’re familiar with. Since it’s your favorite and you probably know one version better than others, there’s a good chance the others might rub you the wrong way. The best example of this is Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd…”) because the King James language is so ingrained in many people’s minds.
Here are some more links to other sites where you can read the Bible online.
The Unbound Bible (Another way of looking at parallels, including NRSV)
The NRSV online (The best place to go to read the NRSV)
The Jerusalem Bible (Too many ads on this page, but…)
The Common English Bible (First Bible to have a website before it was in print!)
You Version (The Bible app I use on my phone)
The Greek Bible (Just in case you’re curious what it looks like — search “Mark 5:21” to see what I tried to speak aloud at the beginning of the video.)
Prompts for Discussion
Use the comments box below (under “Leave a Reply”) to discuss some of these prompts. You can post more than one comment and respond to other people’s comments The first time you do it, you many need to provide some basic info like name and email.
1) From the verses I read in the video, which word (plague, disease, suffering, or another) makes the most sense to you in the context of the passage and why? How does one word or another change the meaning of the passage? (Click here to go back to the passage, which is Mark 5:21-43.)
2) If you searched for a favorite passage, what is it? How did the other translations compare to the one you’re used to?
3) What translation of the Bible do you remember from childhood? Was there a Bible prominently featured in your house? In your grandparents’ house? How has that experience affected your reading of the Bible now?
4) What translation(s), if any, do you have in your house now? If you have a Bible, does it sit in a place of prominence or is it on a bookshelf with all the other books? On your nightstand? On your coffee table?
5) When was the last time you read some of the Bible on your own volition? What were the circumstances surrounding that reading?
6) Describe the experience you have when you read the Bible. (For example, reading may feel uplifting, confusing, enlightening, boring, like you’re back in school, etc.)
7) Daily Bible reading is a wonderful spiritual practice to get into, but many of us don’t do it. If you do, how is it helpful? If you don’t, what holds you back?