Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1629-1630 John Goldingay – The First Testament & The Reader’s Guide to the Bible

John Goldingay

John Goldingay

Bible translations, and there are multitudes of them available today, attempt to bring a book written years ago in a strange language, into the context of our modern world so that we can understand its message. But the new translation by John Goldingay, The First Testament (InterVarsity Press), moves in the opposite direction. It attempts to drag us back into that biblical world so that we can understand it in its context. That’s how I would describe it, anyway.

In this interview, John describes the importance of a word-for-word Bible translation and how he treated some of the words in a few of the more familiar passages of the Old Testament.

Another of his recent books is The Reader’s Guide to the Bible (also InterVarsity Press), which was written to help Bible readers get a handle on the context of the world’s perennial best seller, which is not as well known and understood as one might expect from the sales figures.

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