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Why Are There So Many Different Versions of the Bible?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you walk into any bookstore and wander to the Religion section, you’ll likely find a dozen different translations of the world’s best-selling book–the Bible. Each version is focused on the same topic and includes the same stories and verses, so why the need for so many different translations? There are many reasons, some of which are quite important. There Are Different Religions and Denominations While the Bible is traditionally associated with Christians only, there is actually a Hebrew version specifically meant for Jews, as well. Also, not all Christian denominations use the same version either. Catholics, for example, have more books in their Bible than Protestants. These books are called the Apocrypha and they are very important to Catholicism, although not even mentioned in most Protestant religions. Language Changes over Time Some of the older versions of the Bible are becoming somewhat outdated, since language changes extensively over time. Though the original King James version was written in English, many of the words and phrases used are difficult for most people to understand nowadays. This has led publishers to introduce newer, more simplified versions of the Bible, like The Message translation and the New International Version. Historical Knowledge Has Expanded In addition to gradual changes in the use of language, scientists and historians have also discovered important artifacts and information that help translators understand the original Bibles more completely. Because the first Bibles were written in Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew, some phrases don’t directly translate into English. When this happens, translators must make educated guesses about the author’s original intention, using the surrounding content and information they know about these past civilizations. With each new archaeological find, society learns a bit more about these old lands and people’s way of thinking back then. They incorporate this knowledge into the new translations of the Bible. Translations May Have Different Uses Finally, some biblical translations have practical purposes. While some versions are translated for literal interpretation and simple reading, others are meant to be studied and examined more closely. These translations may have special phrases inserted to explain passages. Oftentimes, they even have whole sections or chapter openers that explain a bit about the history of that time period. These excerpts will usually give a bit of background information on the original writers, as well. Conclusion Whether you believe its passages or not, the Bible is an intriguing book, if only for the rich history it may boast. Readers who are interested in religion or world history might enjoy reading a few different versions to compare and understand a bit more about life in the Middle East during biblical times. Take a gander at a used bookstore to see a sample of the many different versions of the...

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Instilling The Right Values At An Early Age

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Deciding to send your child to a private religious preschool has many perks, and knowing that your viewpoints on God will be openly taught in the classroom is important to many parents (thus adding to the appeal). In addition to all these things, however, one thing may stand high above the rest–a fact that is found within the Biblical book of Proverbs, to be exact: Starting your child off right and instilling them with the right values at an early age will help to set them up both spiritually and morally for the remainder of their life. What does “training children in the way they should go” entail, and will it really impact your son or daughter’s future in a positive way? If you’re still on the fence regarding what choice may be best for your preschooler, you may want to simply assess your values and how a religious preschool could have great benefits. The Lasting Impact of Preschool Some individuals may try to dissuade you from choosing preschool, stating that the children are too young to be impacted. However, studies have proven this kind of thought process to be completely wrong–in fact, many studies conducted over the years have proven the exact opposite. In a 2013 study completed by the Foundation for Child Development, researchers discovered that not only would children from all types demographics (middle class, low income, special needs, dual languages, etc.) benefit greatly from attending preschool, but that attending an additional year of preschool benefited children even more. Perhaps one of the most interesting facts gained from the study was the knowledge that a higher rate of graduation, reduced crime, and even lower rate of teen pregnancy were found among those who had attended preschool in their younger years. The Added Benefit of Religion On top of all these benefits that preschool in general can offer, choosing a religious preschool sweetens the deal: not only will your child have an advantage when it comes to learning skills such as counting, reading, and social interaction, but your child will also show advances in understanding the key concepts of your religion. As the book of Deuteronomy instructs, it is important to continue reiterating the importance of your religion to your children as often as you can. By doing so, you are instilling values in your child that you know are important–and in the process, you are setting them up for a lifelong devotion to God. If you’re interested in preschool for your child, research different schools, like Sammamish Montessori School, to find the one that’s right for...

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Etch History Into Your Homeschool Day: Visit Your Local Cemetery

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cemetery headstones are more than just grave markers. They can help springboard your homeschooler into historical discussions that you can’t get confined within the walls of a conventional classroom. Start your journey into historical reflection by making a date to visit your local cemetery. Knowing that those people who are buried there lived in your hometown makes your visit more personal. It’s a way for your homeschooler to connect with the past that the entire town shares. Every Grave Has A Story Arm yourself with a history book, some copy paper, pencils, charcoal, and crayons. Walk around. Find the oldest headstones. Or, allow your child lead you to find a headstone that sparks her imaginative fancy. Let your homeschooler create rubbings from the monuments. You can discuss them at the cemetery or take them home and research them. Design your field trip to work seamlessly into prior history lessons, or just let the day unfold spontaneously. Discussions become hands-on history lessons when you find monuments with information like: Mother   Emmeline McGovern  1897-1918 Child      Jakob McGovern         1918 Note that both died in 1918. What was going on at the time? World War I and the great “Spanish Influenza” pandemic were the main events in the United States (and the world) during 1918. It seems fair to surmise that the child lived only during the year or was stillborn. There weren’t flu vaccinations at that time. Both may have died of influenza. You could discuss what a stillborn birth is. You might follow up that stillborn births, or children dying within their first year of life, aren’t as prevalent today as they were in 1918. Taking it further, you can discuss what’s changed in the field of medicine since the first quarter of the 20th century. Maybe you might want to simply let your child’s mind muse about what life might have been like for that mother and child. The questions posed by one simple headstone can lead you to an entire afternoon of discussion–and maybe another field trip to a museum or hospital. Learning The Value Of The Past Cemeteries lend themselves to quiet reflection about the past. Find a bench under a tree, sit down, and chat with your child. You may find that these moments bond your child not only to the lessons of the past; but, that they etch an appreciation of cemetery history and art into their young souls. These moments where the past meets the present might also be some of your most memorable homeschooling memories....

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