Book Review

John Heading, Aberystwyth

Category: Book Review

Graphic Guide to Modern Versions of the New Testament. By Herbert Dennett. pp. xiv + 142. 12s. 6d. Samuel Bagster & Sons Ltd.

This Guide is written for those who believe that the original Scriptures were given by divine inspiration, this holy concept applying to the original languages chosen by God through which to make known His mind to men. The author of the Guide, in discussing the various types of versions available and translation problems from Greek to English, shows clearly that no one single translation can convey to the reader of today the full sense that the original conveyed to its first readers. Moreover, the translator’s doctrinal bias, his literary style, his faithfulness to the Greek idiom and to the Eastern scene, as well as the particular Greek manuscripts used, all tend to colour the translation with a certain haze not present in the original. To what extent, then, is the Authorized Version of value in detailed New Testament study? How can a believer, desirous of learning the mind of the Lord, distinguish between the dozens of other translations available, in order that faith may rest upon the certainty, “Thus saith the Lord”? The author of this Guide examines some forty translations, describing their accuracy, their sources, their peculiarities, their doctrinal bias and their value in reading and in detailed study. Numerous quotations of well-known verses are given, showing how the translators strive to employ the English idiom in all its richness to express the thoughts of the original Greek. The Guide is complete, in that it deals with the Authorized and Revised Versions, literal versions, modern-speech versions, Catholic versions and American versions. A guide to concordances, showing how each is arranged, is also included. The Guide is well worth reading for its own sake, but the student of Scripture will thereby be adequately prepared to decide which versions are most suitable for his own particular mode of study. J. H.

Our brother has specially written for Precious Seed two articles dealing with some of these topics; we hope to print these in due course.

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TheChurch of the Thessalonians (6)


Gospel Work and other Assembly Activities

Letters of Commendation

Letters of Commendation - Additional Notes

The Mount of Commission

Spiritual Desires

The Trespass Offering

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The Merchants and the Children

The King and the Multitudes

Fruitfulness and Repentance

Communicating Spiritual Things by Spiritual Means

Service with Tears

Acts, A Study in New Testament Christianity

Divine Assessment and Witness

Epaphras, a Faithful Minister of Christ

Paul’s Charge to Timothy, The First Epistle to Timothy

Prophecy and the Present Age

Groupings Amongst Men

The Rapture and Subsequent Events

Summary of Daniel and Revelation

The Four Kingdom Amongst Men

Apostasy and Its End

How I was called to Salvation and Service - Introduction

Divine Involvement in Assembly Service

Types and Shadows in the Epistle to the Hebrews

Understanding 1 & 2 Chronicles - The House of God and its Service

Do You Pray for the Lord’s Servants?

Greater Than

Conversion, Baptism and Service

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly

Luke’s Life of Christ

The Lordship of Christ in the Local Assembly (Part 2)

Prayer, Power, Plenitude, 1. 15 to 2. 10

Position, Privilege, Peace, 2. 11-22

Prisoner, Promise, Preaching, Prayer, Eph. 3. 1-21

Practical: Prophets, Pastors, Perfecting, 4. 1-16

Practical Conduct - Part 1: 4. 17-32

Practical Conduct - Part 2: 5. 1-20

Personal Relationships in the Family, 5. 21 to 6. 9

Power, Protection, Prayer, 6. 10-24

Parents and Children

Daily Bible Readings

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 1)

What the Bible Teaches Vol. 6 John

The Seven - Thousand Year Miracle (Part 2)

The Maturity of Writer and Readers

Giving and Keeping

Purpose, Predestination, Pleasure, Praise, 1. 1-14


As Unknown and yet Well Known

The Beauty of the Assembly

The Holy Assembly


Zion (2)

Are You a Trustee?

The Lord's Titles


The Mount of Transfiguration

Genealogy of the Priests

Both Small and Great

Book Reviews

The Unity of the Godhead

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Letters of Commendation - Additional Notes

How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles

Twenty-One Years Ago

They Continued Steadfastly

Book Review

Matthew 21 - The Context of the Chapter

The Vineyard and the Stone

Parable of the Wedding Feast - Matthew 22. 1-14