Twentieth Century Translations of the Bible

  Frank Schell Ballentine, The New Testament. The Modern American Bible Philip Schaff, ed., American Standard Version William B. Godbey, Translation of the New Testament from the Original Greek Joseph Bryant Rotherham, The Emphasised Bible: A New Translation Ferrar Fenton, The Holy Bible in Modern English Richard Francis Weymouth, The …

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Loeb Classical Library

The Loeb Classical Library remains a standard collection of literature from antiquity and includes translations that have endured over a century of scholastic review. It was named after James Loeb (1867-1933), the renowned banker, Hellenist, and philanthropist. The series comprises volumes that were published under the auspices of Harvard University. …

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Howard B. Gotlieb

One reason I selected Boston University for graduate school was a local academic celebrity named Howard B. Gotlieb. As a renowned archivist, he would do just about anything to secure papers and artifacts of famous people, and such techniques were acknowledged among his competitors in the field. We first met …

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Dura Europos (1)

The ancient city of Dura Europos was established midway between Aleppo and Baghdad as an important site in that region, since its strategic location protected the Syro-Mesopotamian frontier along the Euphrates. The Macedonians founded the original town of Dura around 312 BCE in order to control commerce along the river. …

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Didache and the Lord’s Prayer (9)

You shall pray three times of the day in this manner While it seems rather unlikely that Jesus introduced this injunction, it may have been adopted from early customs that the apostles carried over from Judaism. They certainly retained hours of prayer articulated in the synagogues and Temple, as demonstrated …

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Didache and the Lord’s Prayer (7b)

and may you not bring us into a trial, but you shall rescue us from the wicked one The righteous are to choose the king­dom under whose domin­ion they wish to abide; hence, prayers to expedite the coming of God’s kingdom became popular. The early Jeru­sa­lem church distinguished between a …

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