Discovering a Twist in Translation

 

…”But what about John 1:1?”

This was the question Sara and her sister posed to the Jehovah’s Witnesses  sitting across the table from them. The JW’s had attempted to convince them that Jesus was not God. According to the rendering of John 1:1 in the Watchtower’s own version of the Bible called The New World Translation (NWT), Jesus is “a god” but not “the God.” Then the JW’s introduced the Strong’s Concordance to these two sisters and endeavored to prove that the article “a” was permissible in the verse.

That was over 13 years ago. One of these sisters followed the advice given by those JW’s to be like a Beroean and “carefully examine the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11 NWT) avoiding the snare of Watchtower indoctrination, but the other one became a disciple of the Watchtower organization. Continue reading “Discovering a Twist in Translation”

Why do modern Bible translations render God’s Name as “LORD” instead of “Jehovah”?

The Hebrew Tetragrammaton (YHWH)

The name “Jehovah” is a name for God that is derived from the Hebrew Tetragrammaton or Four Consonants (YHWH) which are translated “LORD” (all capital letters) in the Old Testament text of most modern Bible translations. The name “Jehovah” was chosen by some Bible translators because the original Hebrew text does not contain vowels (only consonants) and the Jews have not pronounced God’s name for hundreds of years to avoid violating the 3rd Commandment to Keep God’s Name Holy. So nobody today knows how to pronounce it. Continue reading “Why do modern Bible translations render God’s Name as “LORD” instead of “Jehovah”?”

JW Questions DVD – Part 5 – JW Questions Answered

ONLINE DVD: Part 5 – JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES QUESTIONS: Answering Questions Your Jehovah’s Witness Friends Ask 

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JW Questions DVD – Part 2 – JW Questions Answered

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JW Questions DVD – Part 1 – JW Questions Answered

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God’s Word is Truth! District Convention

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WITNESSING TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AT THE DISTRICT CONVENTION – “God’s Word is Truth!”

Summer time for Jehovah’s Witnesses is District Convention time: Three days of talks and demonstrations designed to strengthen their resolve to remain in “Jehovah’s organization.”

I attended one Saturday of the District Convention in July. The theme of this years convention is “God’s Word is Truth!” and since I am in agreement with that, I made every effort to be as truthful as possible and yet still leave an opening for myself to be able to talk with the attenders. I began by putting my real name on the badge card and introducing myself from my actual town of residence. Let whatever happens, happen. I also chose not to bring a New World Translation (NWT), but an American Standard Version (ASV). Fortunately for me, I have one published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc. copyright 1929 which I found in a thrift store a few years ago. I dressed up like a JW and thought about covering up the bumper sticker on my truck with the “www.4witness.org” address, but then I remembered, I’m going IN TRUTH! Let whoever reads it deal with it. Continue reading “God’s Word is Truth! District Convention”

101 Translations of John 1:1: “…And the Word was God.”

 

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101 Translations Of John 1:1: “…and the Word was God.”

Below is a list of 101 English translations of the New Testament verse of the Bible identified as John 1:1. The versions represent the work of scholars from a wide variety of religious groups.

The time frame covered is approximately 700 years with the oldest translation coming from circa 1300 A.D. The translations are presented in alphabetical order based on the name of the Bible version from which they are taken. Please note that the Jehovah’s Witness Bible, The New World Translation, version of this verse on page 11 where its translators inserted the word “a” into the text, does not agree with these translations of the verse listed below. The actual, original Greek text below is followed with 101 English translations: Continue reading “101 Translations of John 1:1: “…And the Word was God.””