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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Opinions Please, Bibles with the Words of Christ in Red?

What do you think about Bibles with the words of Christ in red?
I have heard one argument against them that goes like this....Every word in the Bible is the word of God and to highlight the words of Christ in red, tends to subtract from the Divine inspiration of the rest of the text, which is of course the inspired word also.



frater David said...

I like red. It's a cool color.

SyrianCatholic said...

Thanks for that deeeeep insight, fr. David! ;-)

Actually, you are a perfect one to ask, what do you think about the question above?

Starlightdreamer said...

I like Bibles that have His words in red.

Anonymous said...

First of all, very few of the Bible translations that are available have our Lord's words in red. Thus, a preference for this would seem to be a preference for certain translations as well (KJV, NKJV).
Second, many Bibles that do contain our Lord's words in red are "protestant" - that is they do not contain the apocryphal/deuterocanonical books. Thus making them "partly Bibles" rather than "wholly Bibles" (couldn't resist the pun.)
Finally, the red text tends to give people the idea that, somehow, they are reading the ACTUAL WORDS of Jeses - as if He spoke in Elizabethan English. (This is akin to those who think that the words in itaics in the KJV are there for emphasis, rthat than becase the translation is uncertain.) I have heard people argue that the words orf Christ in the KJV are more accurate because they are in red while the ones in NIV, for example,m are black.