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I have the Rotherham version (Emphasized Bible) in a hard copy, but the original text is available in PDF from Google and Archive.org.  Anyone who looks at it will see the vast difference between the Emphasized Bible (as an e-Sowrd module) and what was actually printed by Rotherham in 1902.  Rotherham's Bible received high marks from the Princeton journal in the day, but that was because all of the emphasis of the Emphasized Bible was in the notes and special marks that are missing from the module.  Rotherham even wrote in his introduction that the text is not to be understood as a "new translation," but it is his notes that make the Bible what it is, a study Bible.  With all of his notes missing in the module, then it is doing exactly what Rotherham said that he did not want to do.  The text alone loses all of the emphasis that made the Emphasized Bible what it was.  I am hopeful that someone with a lot of patient and more time will make a module that has all of the notes that made the Emphasized Bible so unique.  By the way, Rotherham was an ordained Church of Christ scholar.

-kvg

It's great to have Rotherham's version on e-Sword and warm thanks are due to 2guntom for making it available for us. I love this version - it's so literal that it's almost like reading the original languages. Takes a little while to get your head around it, but it's well worth doing.

However, Rotherham's distinctive punctuation - his "signs of emphasis," put in to help us read and understand the Word, seem to have all been converted into commas. This results in some rather quaint verses, quite meaninglessly sprinkled with commas - for example Judges 14:16:

"And the wife of Samson wept upon him, and said—Thou dost, altogether hate me, and dost not love me, a riddle, hast thou put forth to the sons of my people, and, unto me, thou hast not told it! And he said to her, Lo! to my own father and mother, have I not told it, and, to thee, shall I tell it? "

Using the much-less-appropriate underscore for Rotherham's useful "half comma," and getting as close as my keyboard allows to his accent marks, this is how the verse should read:

"And the wife of Samson wept upon him_ and said - 

      Thou dost ||altogether hate' me||_ and dost not love' me, <a riddle> hast thou put forth to the sons of my people, and <unto me> thou hast not told it!

And he said to her,

      Lo! <to my own father and mother> have I not told it_ and <to thee> shall I tell it?"

- which, when read aloud, almost reads itself - instead of wondering what on earth all those commas are doing there, you find yourself naturally putting the emphasis that - if Rotherham is as accurate as he clearly wished to be - the characters themselves intended.

 

Perhaps at some stage, some marvelous persistent patient person would make a version with the accent marks. The half-comma is, sadly, unavailable (what a useful addition it would have been to the English language!) and the nearest thing to an ordinary accent mark is that my keyboard offers is `, which is, of course, the wrong way around. But <>, | |, and ||  || are all there!

 
In the mean time, I highly recommend getting hold of a copy of the book, if you can afford it - or even if you can't! And for "lighter" reading (in the literal rather than the figurative sense :-) 2guntom's offering is a heap better than nothing - thanks, 2guntom!

Rotherham is one of the most exact translations I have found.

This module is very disappointing. It appears virtually identical to almost every website currently hosting The Emphasized Bible where someone scanned the original bible and neglected to perform due diligence with OCR correction software. This module is almost unrecognizable compared to Rotherham's original bible. To compare go to: https://emphasizedbi...0webhostapp.com

and download a faithful reproduction of this bible.

This module is very disappointing. It appears virtually identical to almost every website currently hosting The Emphasized Bible where someone scanned the original bible and neglected to perform due diligence with OCR correction software. This module is almost unrecognizable compared to Rotherham's original bible. To compare go to: https://emphasizedbi...0webhostapp.com

and download a faithful reproduction of this bible.

 

As I recall from years ago, a Bible instructor explained the purpose of Rotherham's Bible translation and the verse markings.  The instructor said that in times gone by the Bible had been meant to be read out loud.  Read with the eyes, speak with the mouth and hear with the ears - a complete immersion experience.

Rotherham attempted to place markings of emphasis in with the word usage, so that when the Bible was read out loud it would reflect the emphasis that the Hebrew or Greek indicated - adding character to the printed word, without a drastic reinterpretation of the original manuscripts.  After 40+ years perhaps my memory is faulty - you know how that goes - but I'm pretty confident this is what my teacher said.

The Emphasized Bible attempts to do the same thing by adding a massive amount of words, IMO.

Sorry, Old Timers Disease:

 

re: "The Emphasized Bible attempts to do the same thing by adding a massive amount of words, IMO."

 

I should have said: 'The Amplified Bible attempts to do the same thing by adding a massive amount of words, IMO.'


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