If you go to a Christian bookstore, search on Amazon, or in State College, check out Ollie’s that has a number of choices for Bible purchasing, it can be confusing as you wonder which one is the RIGHT one.  You have to feel comfortable reading the text, yet you also want the translation to be true to the original ancient writings. This page will help to describe the different translations; of the recommended ones, you decide which is comfortable for you to read- otherwise it becomes a staple on your bookshelf, not a well read and loved book next to your reading place!

From Wikipedia: The Bible has been translated into many languages from the biblical languages of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. As of November 2014 the full Bible has been translated into 531 languages, and 2,883 languages have at least some portion of the Bible.

The different versions of a Bible are written by different groups or individuals at different times- some of those versions you might see could be the King James Version (KJV) which will have older, more formal language, or the NIV (New International Version).  We use the ESV (English Standard Version) for our bulletins and Tuck into your Heart Bible Verses. Check out this page for a pdf for a chart to view or download that will walk you through the different versions, including a sample verse so you can compare each one’s readability and word choice. Feel free to ask any of the members of Emmanuel which version they prefer, and ask them why! What is a comfortable version for one person may not be the best for another- many of us have different versions at home, mostly unread, but good to have when you are researching a passage!

An online Bible can be found at Biblegateway which can be useful for when you are out and about, using your tablet, or as you start to compare different versions.


A good study Bible is especially helpful.  Pastor Jenkins recommends the following:

The Quest Study Bible
“Quest” is short for question, and this Bible is great for people trying to understand the Word of God for the first time.

The Lutheran Study Bible
For the more advanced student of Scripture.  While not a resource of the NALC, this study Bible contains study notes that highlight passages relating tot he Holy Trinity, the Lutheran Confessions, distinguishing Law from Gospel as we read the Word of God, and applying the Word to our daily prayer lives.