The Bible

This is a private translation of The Bible
by Reverend Herman A. Hartmann.

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A Word from the Translator

This translation began as the result of the purchase of a book from The Half-Priced Book Store.  I found a new copy of Shorter Lexicon of the Greek New Testament by F. Wilber Gingrich, for a ridiculously low price and purchased it. My mother always said, ‘Don’t buy anything unless you will use it.’ I felt I should follow her instruction

I decided to translate The Good News According to Mark and give it to my family and dear friends as a Christmas gift. That would be ‘using the book.’ But, I was intrigued with translation and continued.

When I had finished the New Testament I thought, ‘What next?’ and decided I would try my hand at translating the Psalms. Then I translated the Minor Prophets, and kept on until I finished my translation of the Hebrew Scriptures.

On my 92nd birthday close friends met for a birthday party and one asked, since I was near the end of the translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, “What will you do next?” A dear friend sitting next to me responded:  “I suppose he will translate the Apocrypha.”  The night before, just prior to my going to sleep I decided:  “Deo volente – I will try to translate the Apocrypha.”

On the day of my 70th year since graduation from Theological Seminary, I completed the translation, at age of 93.

It is my hope and prayer that whoever might read any of this translation will receive, as I did, a new and deeper understanding of the work and will of the Almighty God and  the greatness and importance of the role of Christ in our lives.

Herman A. Hartmann

Old Testament
New Testament
The Apocrypha