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Suggestion to distribute NKJV instead of KJV bibles at Bible school:

Table of contents:

1... Is there a rule or minute mandating KJV use for Bible school?

2... Is there stuff missing from modern translations?

3... Is the KJV the most literal translation?

4... Is it appropriate to update the Bible?
Isn't it inspired and inerrant already?

Are there mistakes in the Bible?

5... The KJV is the hardest translation to understand.
Does our familiarity with the KJV help us understand it?

6... The KJV isn't appropriate for kids or unchurched people.
Do kids read the KJV?

7... The NKJV is the answer to all your translation concerns.

8... What is the difference between the KJV and NKJV?

9... Memorizing is difficult when students use multiple translations.

10... Is Wikipedia reliable?

11... Flesch-Kincaid scores the KJV at a fifth-grade reading level.

12... Is science opposed to faith?
Do you have to understand Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible?
Did the KJV utilize textual criticism?
Are bible translations getting more liberal over time?
Is modern textual criticism liberal?
What was the KJV translated from?
What are modern translations translated from?

      What difference do these two different textual bases make?
Do textual critics follow "pet" manuscripts instead of following the majority of manuscripts?

13... How does the Bible inform these issues?

1... Is there a rule or minute mandating KJV use for Bible school?

Nehemiah told me there isn't. Diane may know if there's a minute mandating the translation of the bibles we distribute.

2... Is there stuff missing from modern translations?

3... Is the KJV the most literal translation?

4... Is it appropriate to update the Bible?
Isn't it inspired and inerrant already?

Are there mistakes in the Bible?

5... The KJV is the hardest translation to understand.
Does our familiarity with the KJV help us understand it?

6... The KJV isn't appropriate for kids or unchurched people.
Do kids read the KJV?

I didn't start reading the Bible until I was gifted an NIV in high school.
Kids can't read as well as adults.
Unchurched people aren't familiar with biblical concepts.
The KJV adds to these problems, because it is the hardest translation to understand.

Why don't people read the Bible?

7... The NKJV is the answer to all your translation concerns.

8... What is the difference between the KJV and NKJV?

9... Memorization is difficult when students use multiple translations:

Distributing NKJV bibles may exacerbate this issue if most students are currently using KJV.
But NKJV is easier to understand than KJV.
So NKJV should be easier to memorize.
This is a class-specific issue that teachers are currently dealing with and may have solutions for.

Suggestions:

Ask teachers about this issue.
Make NKJV bibles available by request.
Have multiple translations available on a device for the teacher.

KJV use is decreasing.

Conservatives don't like change, but we only have very limited control over change in our own lives. Language changes. Some dictionaries publish new editions every year. This is not a moral issue--it's a reading comprehension issue.

10... Is Wikipedia reliable?

11... Flesch-Kincaid scores the KJV at a fifth-grade reading level.

12... Is science opposed to faith?

Do you have to understand Greek and Hebrew to understand the Bible?

Did the KJV utilize textual criticism?
Are bible translations getting more liberal over time?

Is modern textual criticism liberal?

What was the KJV translated from?
What are modern translations translated from?

What difference do these two different textual bases make?

Do textual critics follow "pet" manuscripts instead of following the majority of manuscripts?

13... What does the Bible say about the Bible?



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