Christian Apologetics Society

Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Arabic Bible

Perhaps we are being overly optimistic, but we have gone ahead and installed an Arabic bible in our free e-Sword Bible study software. We used the Arabic Smith & Van Dyke Bible freely available on the e-Sword site. After downloading and extracting the bible file to our e-Sword installation, we fired up e-Sword and... There it was. The Bible in Arabic. Wow!

We went into our settings and chose to compare the Arabic SVD version with an an English version. Clicking on the compare tab, there they were. A verse in Arabic displayed above a verse in English. Cool!

So. Where to begin? Taking a cue from Julie Andrew's character Maria in the Sound of Music, we decided to start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. Genesis 1:1.

Now for those unfamiliar, Arabic is read from right to left. Peering at the letters on the right side of the screen we noted something peculiar. We could read the first word! Its was "Fee"! We learned "Fee" just a few lessons back. "Fee" means "in", as in "In the beginning..." Is that just not awesome?

Looking through the verse, we also recognized "Allah" (God) and "wa" (and). We then set about trying to transliterate the verse from Arabic in an attempt to pronounce the verse in Arabic. We were fortunate and found a transliteration of Genesis 1:1 on an Islamic site, and discovered that we were very close. It seems our barrier to reading the Bible in Arabic is vocabulary, or rather the lack of it.

    فِي الْبَدْءِ خَلَقَ اللهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضَ،

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
    Genesis 1:1

Related Posts:
Arabic Alphabet for Christians
The Arabic Alphabet

Source: Bible Gateway - Arabic Life Application Bible



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