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Old 10-26-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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I am looking to be able to read the bible.
I am a Jewish person, I will be reading it simply for my own education and knowledge; I'd like to know things for myself.

Which book would you recommend and would be easiest to read?
I'm more interested in the old testament, was wondering if there are any versions of this under 1000 pages!

Again, just looking to read it for my own curiosity only.

Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I am looking to be able to read the bible.
I am a Jewish person, I will be reading it simply for my own education and knowledge; I'd like to know things for myself.

Which book would you recommend and would be easiest to read?
I'm more interested in the old testament, was wondering if there are any versions of this under 1000 pages!

Again, just looking to read it for my own curiosity only.

Thanks.
Martin Luther's works in English

(go for it, I'm sure you'll find what you are looking for).
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I would suggest the New International Version. Easy to read in modern English.

The link in post 2 is not a link to the Bible, but the thoughts of one man who lived in the 1500s.
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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There must be a kazillion of them online. Pick one:

BibleGateway.com: A searchable online Bible in over 100 versions and 50 languages.
Read many different version of the Bible Online.
Bibles.net - The #1 Online Collection of Bibles and Biblical Resources
On-Line Bibles
Virtual Christianity: Bibles
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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A good start on understanding the Bible and Christianity:

The Rejection of Pascal's Wager: A Skeptic's Guide to the Bible and the Historical Jesus

The Greatest Lie Ever Told

God vs. the Bible
(http://www.amazon.com/God-vs-Bible-John-Armstrong/dp/B00262U3LG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_npd?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2EW16W95K3XG8&c olid=1O65SF2T0577J - broken link)


And of course:

The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Asheville, Nc
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I am looking to be able to read the bible.
I am a Jewish person, I will be reading it simply for my own education and knowledge; I'd like to know things for myself.

Which book would you recommend and would be easiest to read?
I'm more interested in the old testament, was wondering if there are any versions of this under 1000 pages!

Again, just looking to read it for my own curiosity only.

Thanks.

If your Jewish I would think that you would only wish to read the OT & not the NT, The NT has nothing to do with the Jewish faith.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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The Jewish Study Bible - Contains the NJPS translation, with scholarly essays on all things biblical (practically), and copious footnotes to help with any issues that may arise while reading. Highly reccomended. Contains (of course) the Tanakh.
The price can't be beat, nor the quality of the essays.
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I am looking to be able to read the bible.
I am a Jewish person, I will be reading it simply for my own education and knowledge; I'd like to know things for myself.
I'm also Jewish, and I also like to read Scripture for my own edification (I happen to be fascinated with the actual history contained within its pages). I go with the Hebrew Publication Society translation.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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Yes, I would like to read the old testament, but a version I can understand and is (if possible) shorter than 1,000 pages!
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Read Isaiah 53.
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