Today’s Daily Prompt leaves me with no choice at all. How can a single book tell a complete outsider what it is like to be human? Really my choice is not a single book, although most people regard it as one. It is a library of sixty six books. It begins with prehistory, continues with history and law, poetic writings, prophecy, later history, letters and more prophecy.
I wonder how many WordPressers have read it in any translation. It was originally written in a number of languages including Hebrew and Greek. The Greek language has evolved over time (as all languages are liable to do) and the specific form of Greek used in this book is now referred to as New Testament Greek.
The story of how it came to be translated into other languages is very interesting. The work is not yet finished. There are still people, who cannot read it in their own language after all these centuries.
However the Daily Prompt’s visiting alien is not one of them – English is a means of communication here.
So which translation would I recommend to this inquisitive visitor? Not the King James Version, beautiful although the language is. Something more contemporary is to be preferred. For a quick read for a youngster, the Good News Bible might be a good place to start. The Contemporary English Version is another possibility as is the New International Version or the New Living Translation. Some versions aim for accurate translation as a priority, others for readability. Another paraphrase is called “The Message”.
This is what the Bible says about itself: All scripture is God-breathed… 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Have you read the Bible? If so, which translation did you read? Do you think it would give an alien the right message?
The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?