Thousands of years separate us from the time the Bible was written. A culture in which the Bible came into existence no longer exists. The language of the Bible was no longer spoken and is translated into almost all languages. You can get more information about the bible genealogy timeline via online sources.
The literary style that is present in the Bible is not used in modern literature. It is not surprising that the study of the scriptures can be a difficult task for believers and unbelievers alike because in order to study the Bible many other aspects of the history, culture and even the original language should be kept in mind.
This is not to say that to understand the Bible every one needs to read it in the original form. Many translations available today are pretty good, but here and there "travel" to the original text can help to reveal the meaning of a particular word or phrase.
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Because so many English translations of the Bible are available to us today, people can find difficult to choose the right edition. As a Catholic, you should keep in mind a few things when choosing a Bible for you and your family.
You need to know if the translation or special issue approved by the Catholic Bishops. Generally, this agreement can be found in a few places on the first page of the Bible, look for it near credit to the publisher or editor.