Dr. Swisher, What version of the Bible should a New Believer read? Hallie/Holland, Ohio
Hello Hallie thanks for this relevant and utilitarian question. This type of “hands on” question helps a wide ranging audience of readers find helpful information they can apply to their lives. We need to take a moment first to determine the purpose before recommending a version. For example are you reading for a scholastic reason such as a research project or report for class? Or are you reading to find an answer to a particular question, obstacle or opportunity you are facing? Or perhaps you are reading strictly for devotional purposes.
It wasn’t too many years ago that there was only one option for an English Bible namely the King James Version. Fast forward to today and there are more options than there are in the toothpaste aisle at your local grocery store. To complicate the issue a bit more not all versions are compiled in the same manner. Some focus on a literal, word for word translation of the original Greek and Hebrew while others such as the Passion Translation and The Message translation focus more on meaning, current language and thought patterns.
Here are a few options that I would personally recommend to you and others who are searching for a Bible:
These are just a few good options that I hope are helpful. I invite you to Worship with us in person this weekend at Epworth United Methodist Church in any of our 5 worship services. When you do be sure to ask one of our greeters or ushers and we will be happy to give you a Bible free of charge. Just tell them I sent you. We look forward to seeing you soon and Welcoming you home to Epworth UMC.