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Old 01-13-2011, 06:35 AM
Location: Italy
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How can Bibles be copyrighted? Isn't the Bible supposed to be published abroad for all to read freely? Is the Gospel for sale?

Any help understanding much appreciated..

Blessings to all,
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:40 AM
Location: South Jordan, Utah
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The man made translations are copyrighted.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:53 AM
Location: Wisconsin
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Translations of the Bible can be copyrighted by their publishers because they usually pay to have them done. A translation is usually made for business reasons (look at the N.I.V.). On the surface this sounds like a bad thing, and was something that I wondered about also. I remember when the K.J.V. was pretty much "the only game in town" and I find it hard to understand in some places, but it was made in the common English of its day. Today I am thankful for the many copyrighted translations that we can choose from. Publishers need to stay in business and the only way to do that is often by copyrighting their work. I hope this helps in some small way.
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