Is There a Bible Written in Layman’s Terms?

Q: I would like to know where and what type of Bible that is written in Layman’s terms that I can fully understand and remember. I have to reread my bible and still cannot understand some of the scriptures.

Perhaps the best way to go about finding a Bible with a translation that you like and feel comfortable with is to go to a bookstore and peruse their shelf of Bibles. There are many to choose from. Flip through to see what language is most appealing to you. While the New American Bible (NAB) and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) are two of the most common translations read in the United States, you don’t necessarily have to choose one of them. A contemporary idiomatic English version that is gaining more appeal is called The Message by author Eugene Peterson. The Catholic edition was recently published. You can find it here and “peek inside” to compare the language to that of the NRSV.

Ann Naffziger

Ann Naffziger

Ann Naffziger is a scripture instructor and spiritual director in the San Francisco Bay area. She has has written articles on spirituality and theology for various national magazines and edited several books on the Hebrew Scriptures.


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