Four Prophets

Bible Study Modules

Background

Starting during World War II, J. B. Philips translated the New Testament into colloquial English. His translation efforts resulted in the publication of a complete New Testament in 1958. Many Christians began to request of Philips that he undertake further Bible translation, and he subsequently translated Hosea, Amos, Micah, and Isaiah 1–39; which were published in 1963 under the title,  Four Prophets: Amos, Hosea, First Isaiah, Micah: A Modern Translation from the Hebrew. That book did not sell as well as his New Testament, and has been out of print since that time.

In early 2009, Thought-Sight Consulting undertook a project to track down the rights holder for J. B. Philips' writings, and obtain permission to publish Four Prophets. Thought-Sight Consulting did obtain permission, and subsequently created an electronic edition of the book through scanning and optical character recognition (OCR) of a printed edition of the book. This electronic edition is now available for the theWord Bible study programme. theWord and it's related names, copyrights, and trademarks are the property of Costas Stergiou.

Purchasing Four Prophets

Four Prophets for theWord may be purchased as a download for $4.99 USD through PayPal:

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Be sure that you install the free Bible study programme theWord before installing the Four Prophets module.

theWord Edition of Four Prophets

Features of the theWord Edition

Four Prophets for theWord contains everything found in the printed edition of Four Prophets:

All of the introductory material and explanatory material:

  • Translator's Preface
  • Historical Background, by E. H. Robertson

The maps included in the printed edition.
J. B. Philips introductory notes for each Prophet and book.
All of the footnotes included in the printed edition.

Differences From The Printed Edition

This Four Prophets for theWord package was created by scanning and digitising the printed edition of Four Prophets; however, theWord application's presentation of the Bible differs from a printed edition and those differences have necessitated that some compromises be made in the presentation of the Four Prophets text and its footnotes. These differences are as follows:

Front Matter—the printed edition presents three preface chapters at the start of the book. This front matter material is contained in the accompanying non-Bible module (entitled, Four Prophets Preface and Maps). Note that the Four Prophets Table of Contents has not been reproduced within the theWord edition (theWord provides its own table of contents mechanism).

Chapter Introductions—J. B. Phillips included introductory notes at the start of each chapter (book). These notes are present in this edition; however, they are contained in the accompanying non-Bible module (entitled, Four Prophets Preface and Maps). These introductory notes will also appear when you float your mouse cursor over a book's first verse (for example, Micah 1:1).

Verses vs. Paragraphs—because J. B. Phillips indicated verse numbers are margin notes, it is not always possible to know exactly which word within the text marks the beginning of that verse.  As a result, we have chosen to begin a new line wherever J. B. Phillips has shown a verse number in the margin.  In general, this convention does not disrupt the text; however, where a verse number is indicated in the middle of paragraph, the presentation of the text within theWord will artificially show the verse beginning in the middle of a sentence (because we do not have access to J. B. Phillips original notes, this seems to be the best way to maintain concurrence with the printed edition).  An example of this situation can be see in Isaiah 30:19–20:

19 You people in Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. For he will be gracious to you when

20 he hears your cry; and when he hears he will answer you. Even though the Lord has given you the

Book Order—J. B. Phillips presented the four books in the following order: Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, and Micah.  The presentation of the for books within theWord is made in the same manner as all of the other translations contained in the application.

Typographic Presentation—the vertical spacing and horizontal indentation of the text as it is shown in the printed edition of Four Prophets could not always be duplicated within theWord.  While the presentation is similar, it is not identical.

Maps—there are two maps presented at the back of the printed edition; these are provided in the accompanying non-Bible module (entitled, Four Prophets Preface and Maps).

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Purchasing Four Prophets

Four Prophets for theWord may be purchased as a download for $4.99 USD through PayPal:

Buy for theWord

Be sure that you install the free Bible study programme theWord before installing the Four Prophets module.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I display Four Prophets verse notes in theWord?

To display the verse notes, perform the following steps:

  1. Go the the Bible options panel (Tools-->Bible View Options) and select the “Footnotes and Cross-references” pane. Then, ensure that the “Show translator’s footnotes” option is checked (see picture, below).
  2. There are only a handful of footnotes; most of Philips’ notes are contained in the opening remarks he provided at the start of each book. You should see the following footnotes, all of which are in Isaiah: Isaiah 10:1, 10:5, 15:9, 19:11, 27:1, 28:13, 30:30, 34:16, and 36:1.
  3. Here’s what the footnote at Isaiah 10:1 looks like:

Downloads

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