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  • Author: Dan Sindlinger
  • e-Sword Version: 9.x - 10.x

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e-Sword 9+ Module Download:
Download Better Life Bible (BLB-NT).bblx.exe

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Dan Sindlinger

e-Sword Version:
9.x - 10.x

The Better Life Bible is geared to people who have a busy lifestyle with limited time to read and study the Bible.

The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language during the first century C.E.  The translator has attempted to accurately convey the meaning in a clear and natural manner.  To convey the meaning clearly, it was often necessary to include implied information, eliminate redundancies, and leave out trivial information that distracts the reader from the focus of a particular context.  To convey the meaning naturally, it was necessary to follow the linguistic and logical patterns of English instead of duplicating the patterns of the original Greek language.

Since translation cannot occur without interpretation, the translator reflects his understanding of the Greek text.  Some people may disagree with his interpretation, but that will hopefully motivate them to read other translations of the Bible to form their own opinion.

The translator of The Better Life Bible is Dan Sindlinger, who graduated from Taylor University and attended the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of Washington, the University of North Dakota, the University of Texas, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Liberia.  He supervised Bible translation projects for six years among the Gola people of Liberia, West Africa, and ten years among the Lakota Sioux Indians of South Dakota.  He also worked for the Harley Davidson motorcycle company for six years and a graphic arts firm for four.  He has taught (gratis) New Testament Greek for 15 years and Biblical Hebrew for seven.  

The palm tree on the front cover is a symbol of victory and joy.  When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, people honored him by waving palm branches. (Click here for the rest of this document, including the translation notes).

All rights reserved.  No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author.

Copyright © 2007 by Dan Sindlinger. Website: Better Life Publications.

Did not enjoy this module. No OT translations and very few NT translations. It might be useful for other Christians but proved to be fruitless for me. Thank you for the opportunity to review it.
Tab installed but no text.. Might have been interesting...

Personally, I don't like the Better Life Bible.  "God's advice" is often used instead of God's word, law, or truth.  To me "advice" is not the same as "law"; when I read this version I am usually annoyed.  If it is successful in getting those who don't read the Bible (the target audience of this translation) that is commendable.  Maybe someone can use parts of this translation successfully in evangelism. 

I also had no text after installing this module.  To get things working I download the older version 8 module from this site.  Then I opened it up with (link removed by moderator) and exported it as a version 9 e-sword module.  That worked for me.  I hope this is useful information for somebody. 

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