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