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Is There a Bible Written in Layman’s Terms?

Ann Naffziger Answers:

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.

The Author : 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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  • aaroncavanaugh2

    Hi, The best is The International Children’s Bible by Thomas Nelson publisher ISBN-10: 0849932866. Sounds dorky but its true. Thanks. God bless. Aaron

  • Mike

    I would myself not take that advice of Ann Naffizer keep reading the bibles you read. to get a lesser “layman” terms is to lesson what it really means because BIG chance is it is someone else idea of what it means, it then turns into that person option and may not be what it is really saying.

    God gave you a brain and He wants you to use it. therefore keep reading it then ponder upon it until you figure it out. DO take what you do understand of it, then apply it to your life, while still trying to figure out the rest of what you have yet come to understand.

    this way you will learn that way God teaches and even Man teaches, just a little bit at a time. for even Man does not put is 5 year old child into college on his first day of school

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