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A paraphrase is the restatement of an author's thoughts, using different words. The purpose of this version is for it to say as exactly as possible what the writers of the Scriptures meant, and to say it simply, expanding where necessary for clear understanding by the modern reader. There is a danger in paraphrasing that the translator, though honest, may give the English reader something that the original writer did not mean to say. When the Greek or the Hebrew is not clear, the theology of the translator and his sense of logic are his guides. The theological guide in this version has been a rigid evangelical position.
This version has undergone several manuscript revisions. It has also been under the scrutiny of a team of Greek and Hebrew experts to check the content and of English critics to check for style. Thus, this edition is tentative.
It is a compilation of previous paraphrases by Tyndale: Living Letters (1962), Living Prophecies (1965), Living Gospels (1966), Living Psalms and Proverbs (1967), Living Lessons of Life and Love (1968), Living Books of Moses (1969), and Living History of Israel (1970).
Tyndale House (1971)
[Tyndale House, Cambridge, United Kingdom]
When God began creating the heavens and the earth, the earth was at first a shapeless, chaotic mass, with the Spirit of God brooding over the dark vapors.
Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is -- nothing exists that he didn't make.
Comparisons which include this version:
Bishops, Overseers, Presbyters, and Elders
The Burden and the Yoke to Be Removed
The Deceived Prophet
Entering His Rest
The Falsifying Scribes
From Eternity or From Ancient Times?
The Fringe on the Borders of a Garment
The Gifts of the Spirit
God So Loved the World
Hebrew Poetry in the Bible
The Hebrew Synoptic Gospels
Horses from Egypt and Kue
The Israelites and Baal-Peor
Let No Man Judge You
The Lord Is My Shepherd: An Anthology
The Lord's Day in the Book of Revelation
The Minor Prophets
The Miracle at Cana
The Name of Our Heavenly Father
Offering Sacrifices to the He-Goat
Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread
Sabbaths and Sundown
Scripture Inspired by God
The Seventy Weeks of Daniel 9
The Sides of the Court of the Tabernacle
Some Variations in the Book of Acts
The Song of Solomon
The Speech Problem of Moses
The Story of the Adultress
That Which Will Happen Before the End
Those Who Work Iniquity
The Time of Peleg
Words with Heathen Origins in the Scriptures