The Bible in recent news from around the web and the world:
- According to David Reeves of Wycliffe, “…while many people are openly embracing the digital phenomenon, some in the underground church world are still pining for paper copies.” (also here).
Reeves told Mission Network News that his organization — which equips missionaries by assisting with Bible translation — was caught by surprise when they realized that many churches still want paper copies of the biblical texts.
He said that Wycliffe Associates needed to re-think plans surrounding digital offerings after further assessing the reality on the ground in some countries where Christian churches must live in secret or where the Bible is banned.
“They really want to have this,” he said of traditional paper Bibles. “They can have it in their hands, it doesn’t require any power, it doesn’t need to be recharged and they can hide it in various locations.”
- On the other hand,
“Using technology in Bible translation does speed things up, but one of the things it also does is help us find errors we otherwise would never find if we just had to search for them with our own eyes,” Wycliffe’s John Nystrom says.
- “The murderous history of Bible translations.” (Well written, illustrated).
- “Bible Scenes Uncovered in Ruins of Ancient Synagogue.” (See above photo from National Geographic).
- “A 510-foot-long, $100 million Noah’s ark attraction built by Christians who say the biblical story really happened is ready to open in Kentucky this week.” (Video)
- “A Kansas [USA] police department has caved to pressure from the nation’s largest atheist organization to remove a biblical decal from one of its patrol vehicles.” Part of the verse, Romans 13:4, reads, “…rulers do not bear the sword for no reason.”