NecRoSarX Chronicles Headershelf of biblesSo, after several months of deliberation, I went and bought an NASB version Bible. You would think that I would already have one, what with my strong interest in studying the Scriptures and comparing translations and whatnot. Well, I do…except that doing just that is easier with the online resource sites, like Bible Gateway and others.

When it comes to hard copies of the Bible, I stick mainly to an NIV and NKJV, with a few RSVs around simply because I grew up in a church that used the RSV exclusively, and I somehow ended up inheriting them whenever a congregationalist died. Some day I’ll get around studying from that; but, ever since I started seriously studying the Bible when I was 19, I’ve mainly used an NIV.

The reason why I’ve stuck with the NIV has nothing to do with any idea of superiority over other translations. It’s just been the one that I’ve found to be the best to delve into and study the Word of God over the decades. And before you say anything, yes, I am very much aware of the various arguments against using the NIV, and I’ve investigated the claims and have come to the conclusion that the critics are more than a bit off with their criticisms. My faith has deepened and my love of my Lord and Saviour has strengthened by using the NIV. And, I still continue to use my well-worn Life Application study NIV. Giant Print, now. Less of a strain on my well-worn eyeballs.

So, why then have I started studying from a NASB? Well, some time ago, I took an online quiz pertaining to what kind of Bible translation goes best with my personality. I normally don’t put too much stock in these online quizzes (I once took a quiz on what kind of music I would like due to my personality, and the result was Girl Band), but I had some time to kill at work, and I thought I would be amused by the result.

Turns out, since I seem to take studying the Bible rather seriously, delving into the original languages and historical and cultural contexts to get the full meaning as a whole and favoring an exegetical style of learning, that I should consider studying from a New American Standard Bible. Which, I found intriguing, as I did know a couple of friends that did use that translation. Both had the usual “It’s the closest to the original languages in the literal translation” claim that I pretty much heard from everyone else using different translations. And the NASB is one of the two translations the pastor of my church recommends (the other being the New English Translation put out by Dallas Theological Seminary).

The second reason why I decided to finally get a hard copy of the NASB to begin studying from is because I have gone through the Bible a couple of times, and as much as I don’t like to admit this for fear of sounding less spiritual (whatever that means), I’ve been finding myself getting rather…apathetic about continuing on with the same translation. I’ve also been studying from the NKJV as I’ve mentioned earlier, but with the results of the quiz, I took some time to ponder getting an NASB to study from. To get a new perspective, refresh my desire to delve into the multi-layered richness that is God’s holy Scriptures.

So, I bought a relatively inexpensive Giant Print edition at one of the Christian bookstores in Omaha. Not Parables, in case anyone from my area is wondering. I’ve started off with the same book of the Bible that I always start off with when breaking in a new Bible: the Gospel of John. Here begins my continuing journey to keep His words in my heart and mind. Cheers, all.

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