The Scriptures by Institute for Scriptural Research, 2009 Edition.
The Scriptures 2009 edition serves as an Excellent add-on, companion Bible for all other Bibles, including the King James Version (KJV), NIV, NASB, revised KJV, etc.
This copy serves as a true blessing for every believer, giving an enhanced view of The Holy Scriptures, serving as a superior Bible study tool with its cross references between the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, its Explanatory notes, its Restored original renderings of the Sacred Names of our Creator YHWH and His one and only Son, Yahshua our Messiah and Saviour, as well as the restored names of proper noun words of the Egyptian, Hebrew, Greek and Latin languages that appear in the Scripture. You will take notice and appreciate the accuracy and the efficiency of the translation of the Hebrew OT and Greek NT with this Bible.
One of the best translations of the Hebrew/Greek Bible Scriptures available on the market today, The Scriptures is a beautiful, well respected translation of the original texts, and is a "very literal" translation of the original Hebrew [Masoretic text] and Greek texts [Textus Receptus]. The Scriptures was put together by a collaborated effort of Hebrew and Greek scholars and theologians, lead and overseen by Dr. Chris Koster, and was first published in 1993. After Dr. Koster's death in 1995, a non-profit organization called Institute for Scriptural Research (ISR), which Dr. Chris helped create, is dedicated in continuing his work and mission to produce and distribute the most literal, close to the original, text as it possible Bible translation available.
What is so different about this translation?
The Scriptures is a literal translation of the Tanakh and the Messianic Scriptures.
The Divine NameThe divine Name (the tetragrammaton), יהוה, appears in Hebrew characters throughout the translation in the Tanakh (Torah, Nevi'im, Kethuvim) and also in the Messianic Scriptures. The name by which the Messiah was known, Yehoshua / Yeshua, is restored in Hebrew as well and appears in the text as such, יהושׁע.
Order of BooksThe books in the Tanakh are arranged according to the original order of the Hebrew Scriptures, the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings.
Personal NamesThe original Hebrew personal names of people and places are restored throughout the Scriptures, such as "Yirmeyahu" for Jeremiah, "Yeshayahu", for Isaiah and "Mosheh" for Moses and in the Messianic Scriptures, "Mattithyahu" for Matthew etc.
Book NamesThe Names of all the books in the Tanakh are restored to the original Hebrew, including the books of the Torah: Bereshith (Genesis), Shemoth (Exodus), Wayiqra (Leviticus), etc, also the books of, Tehillim (Psalms), and Mishle (Proverbs) etc.
- Words and names, as far as possible, have been corrected in order to eliminate any names of idolatrous origin.
- Difficult phrases in the Scriptures are explained in footnotes and the explanatory word list.
- The traditional rendering of the word "Law" has been restored with "Torah" throughout the translation, retaining the richness and full meaning of this word in the Hebrew language.
What's new in the 2009 edition?
- Improvements to the text - seeking a yet closer equivalent to the literal meaning of the original language.
- Quotations / Allusions from the Tanakh (O.T.) are in bold type in the Second Writings (N.T.), and are accompanied by the text references - aiding your understanding of the original contexts, and how they influence the writers drawing upon them.
- Hebrew names of Book Titles are now on right hand pages with corresponding traditional English names on the left hand pages - making it easier for you to find the place, and easier to learn the Hebrew titles. (Hebrew names are also used where possible for annual festival days, as well as being used, minimally, for ambiguous words).
- Removal of doctrinal comments from footnotes, explanatory notes etc., (including deletion of prophecy hairlines) in favour of more useful notes - thus clearing away obstacles to your unbiased study of Scripture.
- Maps, Timelines, Illustrations have been added.