An Introduction on the Recovery Version:
The Recovery Version is unique among all of the study Bibles available today. More than being an accurate and readable translation of the biblical text, the Recovery Version contains additional elements that convey the full breadth of the divine truths breathed out by God through the original writers of the Bible and recovered by God’s people over the past five hundred years. The outlines, footnotes, and cross-references in the Recovery Version unveil the divine revelation in the Scriptures and guide the reader into a discovery of the rich treasures hidden below the surface of the printed pages. Now, in the twenty-first century, the Recovery Version stands out as the Bible for our generation.
The Recovery Version is also unique because it relates all the divine truths in the Bible to one crucial matter—the economy of God. The Bible uses the word economy to describe God’s great enterprise in the universe, which is to dispense Himself into man so that He and man may be one (Eph. 1:10; 3:9; 1 Tim. 1:4). God can be likened to a wealthy businessman who has an enormous amount of capital. God has a “business” in this universe, and His vast wealth is simply Himself. Because God has the desire to distribute Himself with all His riches into man, He has a plan, a divine arrangement, a divine economy. This economy is the central theme of the Bible. The truths of the Bible are like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. In order to interlock the scattered pieces of a puzzle correctly, we need to be guided by the picture on the box. Likewise, in order to understand the various truths in the Bible in their proper context, we need to look at the “picture on the box” of the Bible, that is, at the central theme of the Bible unfolded from Genesis to Revelation. Everything God did in the past, is doing in the present, and will do in the future is for the accomplishing of His economy. The revelation of God’s economy puts all the biblical truths into their proper perspective. The unveiling of the truth in the Bible from the perspective of God’s economy is the foundation of all Christian experience. It is God’s desire that all men come to the full knowledge of the truth according to His divine economy (1 Tim. 2:4). We sincerely hope that all God’s seekers will benefit from the unveiled truth in the Recovery Version and, even more, that the truth will become their experience as their personal reality.
- Subject Statements: The subject statements at the beginning of each book give you a clear and concise understanding of the focus of each book.
- Footnotes: Superscript numbers in the text refer to footnotes. Use the footnotes to tap into the revelation of the truth, the spiritual light, and the life supply conveyed in the Word of God.
- Cross References: Superscript letters in the text denote cross-references. Take advantage of the 13,000 cross-references to find other verses not only with the same expressions and facts but also with related spiritual revelation.
- Text: The text of the Scriptures is a clear and accurate translation of the original Greek text.
- Study Aids: The New Testament Recovery Version has several critical components which no other versions can offer: extensive footnotes stressing the revelation of the truth, the spiritual light, and the supply of life; in-depth outlines of each book expressing the spiritual meaning in each book; and cross-references leading not only to verses with similar language but also to portions with related spiritual revelation. These components could not be attached to any existing versions because the language of the older versions is too archaic for our purposes and the copyright restraints of the newer versions prohibit our employing them in such a way. Thus, from the linguistic and legal perspectives, we need our own text of the New Testament to which we can attach these components.
- Translation: The Recovery Vers
ion embodies a multitude of decisions on the original form of the Greek text. Every major translation of the New Testament follows for the most part the accepted edition of the Greek text of its day, but no translation is expected to accept every decision of the Greek editions. Translators must grapple with the manuscript question to their own satisfaction. While the Recovery Version follows t he Nestle-Aland 26th edition for the most part, it has departed here and there based on the study and consideration of the manuscripts by its translators. Thus, the Greek text underlying the Recovery Version is unique, even if it is quite close to the accepted scholastic edition of the day.