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New Testament of the Bible
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My name is Hal Dekker. I'm the translator of the Literal Idiomatic Translation (LIT), which is based upon the United Bible Societies v4 (UBS4) Eclectic Greek Text of the new covenant texts of the Bible, the books of Matthew through Revelation. The UBS4 collection of texts is one of the most widely used in colleges, universities and seminaries. What I present at this website is the LIT and my studies of the UBS4.
What's unique about the LIT is that it simply quotes Jesus' apostles, who are believed to have written the new testament texts of the Bible. If you may have assumed that Bibles in general are quotes of what Jesus' apostles wrote then you may be surprised to learn that they are not, and never have been. Virtually all English Bibles quote single words correctly here and there, maybe half of the time, but seldom whole sentences. In whole they are constant theological paraphrases of what someone, or a group of people, i.e., theological scholars and experts, think the ancient writers should have meant.
For the sake of argument, let's assume Jesus' apostles wrote the original new testament books of the Bible, the ancient Greek texts of those books, since the apostles' names are on them. Why then is virtually every popular Bible ever printed not a quote, and far from it, of what Jesus' apostles wrote? To what extent can a Bible have mortal-made theological theories fudged into it in place of quoting Jesus' apostles, and the Bible still be holy? Is replacing what the apostles wrote with mortal-made theological theories the same as lying? Is translating the exact meaning from Greek into English, word for word, an impossible task to perform? I ask you to think for a moment about what may be the answers to these questions, which answers must be answered if our perception of a Holy Bible is to be maintained.
What do you want in a Bible, quoted scriptural facts or fudged-in theological fiction?
The fact that Bibles are full of mortal-made theological additions, changes, and deletions designed to alter and replace what Jesus' apostles wrote, is a shocking revelation. This practice is pervasive throughout virtually all Bible "translations". Another fact which is shocking is that in the first century of the Christian ekklesia, which began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2), the followers of Jesus knew of, and were exposed to, about a couple hundred writings, or more, which many were believed to be spiritually-based and holy.
Many of them dealt more directly and intensely with various Christian subject matters, such as the character of the God; what is the identity of Christ Jesus; what is the true prophesied temple of the God; what is true fellowship with the God, who is a Spirit-based being; exactly what and where is the Kingdom of God (Luke 17:20-21); how can a believer in Christ Jesus receive God's gift of His paternal holy Spirit, and then manifest it in his or her own life to defeat Satan and his little demon spirits; what is spiritual perfection, and so on.
As you may know, a common Bible contains sixty six books written in ancient history by various writers, prophets and apostles. What happened to the other one hundred and thirty four or so, or maybe two hundred - who knows the exact number - of ancient texts which were considered holy, from which the first century believers were learning and being taught?
It's now believed that the apostles wrote many more letters to the believers than those which have been "accepted". Who's responsible for their destruction and loss from the world now? Who made the monumentally ego-maniacal, self-omniscient, decision for all future mortalkind that only the sixty-six books in a Bible now are all that is necessary for our learning? If the name Constantine means little to you it's because the leadership of denominational Christianity continues to eagerly hide the history of the church surrounding that name, about the Counsel of Nice in A.D. 325, and about the battle for Christian orthodoxy which occurred in the 4th century between Arius and Athanasius.
The LIT presents a Truth in translation challenge to virtually all other English Bible translations, because it simply quotes the apostles in the very many passages which have been altered / fudged to portray Trinitarian theological aspects in place of what the apostles actually wrote.
Brother Hal Dekker