Answers to Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs.
Q. What version is The Bible Song?
A. The Bible Song is a new musical version of the Bible.
See What Version of the Bible Do You Use? on our YouTube Channel. It is best thought of as an All Scripture Hymnal.
It is an All Scripture Hymnal because it is word for word from scripture without additions to God’s Word (*see note below).
It is an All Scripture Hymnal because repeated phrases and word synonyms are employed to enhance musicality.
The Bible Song All Scripture Hymnal applies both Hebraic Poetic Form (parallelism) and English Poetic Form (rhyming).
Very importantly, each verse has its own unique melody that insures lifetime retention of the text. This is proven (scientifically and historically) to be the most effective way to memorize long passages of text. See What is the Bible Song?
The Bible Song All Scripture Hymnal will eventually cover the entire Bible. Chapters will flow seamlessly from verse to verse like a river from Genesis through Revelation.
This is not a new translation of the Bible NOR is it a paraphrased Bible. It is not meant to replace the current cherished reliable versions being used for reading and study. Rather, it draws words and phrases from the most respected versions that aid in musical presentation – rhyming, restating thoughts in repeated phrases and synonyms that enhance understanding. For example – “the baby was lying in a feeding trough – yes the baby was lying in a manger.” or “the defense of the gospel – the defense of the good news.”
The musical (singable) presentation allows for quick learning, lifetime retention of text and instant meditation on Scripture day and night!
The whole of the Bible is set to music based on two major biblical teachings summarized in these two passages. Psalm 1:1-3 and 2Timothy 3:16
“How blessed is the man who does not walk
in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in
righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,
equipped for every good work.”
Q. On what version of Scripture does The Bible Song primarily rely? What is maximal equivalence?
The text of The Bible Song All Scripture Hymnal starts with the non-copyrighted World English Bible (WEB) and prayerfully supplements it by substituting phrases and word synonyms from other respected versions: primarily New American Standard Bible, Legacy Standard Bible, New International Version, King James Version, The Amplified Bible, English Standard Version, Revised Standard Version, The New English Translation (NET) Bible and others. Also consulted are Young’s Literal Translation, Geneva Study Bible, Webster’s Bible Translation, Holman Christian Standard Bible, and as many as 55 other versions. Paraphrased versions are never used.
The versions used include those applying the three main philosophies of translation – formal (literal/word-for-word) equivalence, functional (dynamic/thought-for-thought) equivalence, and optimal (combination of formal and functional) equivalence. Using parallel phrases from literal, dynamic and optimal versions creates the best of all the categories – maximal equivalence. The Bible Song All Scripture Hymnal provides thesaurus-like expansive depth of meaning, educational understanding, and meditative richness.
This would be awkward in a non musical Bible text that is meant to be read aloud – somewhat like reading The Amplified Version out loud. However, when set to music, the extra phrases actually enhance the “musical reading” and everything sounds and feels perfectly natural and enjoyable. This is a major advantage of a singable Bible!
*Note – very very rarely (such as the addition of the words “hallelu” and “hallelujah” in Philippians Chapter 1) a word is added that is not in the text. It is rare and applied for poetic rhyme. It is always in context and any non textual addition follows the standard practice of other versions by typing the word in italics in the music score and in video presentations. In the example above, Paul is talking about rejoicing. In these rare cases, the actual textual word is always used in a juxtaposed parallel phrase. This is one reason The Bible Song is best considered as a hymnal. It is also called a “new version” however, in the sense that it is the first singable/music version of the Bible in history. In Philippians 1:18 notice the rhyming of true with hallelu and the juxtaposed original phrase – I will rejoice.
What then of this? What shall I say?
Only that in every way, false motives or true,
Christ is preached; Christ is proclaimed,
and for this I will say hallelujah –
and for this I will say hallelu.
I will rejoice and continue to rejoice.
Often, a comparative version suggests a poetic phrasing or a variant word choice that rhymes and is thus amenable to musical presentation. Repeating phrases from different versions with the studied nuances of word choice helps the listener/singer understand the meaning of a passage better and lends itself to education and meditation. It applies the aforementioned English and Hebraic poetic forms that are highly compatible with music.
Greek interlinear helps and exhaustive concordances are also helpful in this endeavor. The best choice for each word, verse, and phrase is made after comparing the many respected English translations in my library and on Blue Letter Bible, Bible Gateway, and Bible Hub. Also consulted are resources that explain the etymological source and development of words in the original languages. Greek interlinear helps and exhaustive concordances are helpful in this endeavor.
The Bible Song – All Scripture Hymnal, therefore, provides expansive meaning to the text that enhances understanding, musicality and meditation.
A. Any singable version of the Bible is a “new” version even if it follows a published version (such as New American Standard) verbatim.
Why is that? The nature of melody causes certain words to be emphasized in the verse. Just as you can read a passage of Scripture in different ways emphasizing certain words to focus thought on aspects of the meaning. For example Psalm 23. Read the following verse out loud emphasizing the word in bold each time. The Lord is my shepherd. The Lord is my shepherd. The Lord is my shepherd. The Lord is my shepherd.
You see how emphasis affects focus on meaning. Music does this implicitly to any and every version to which it is applied. No singable version of the Bible will ever be a replacement for other respected versions for reading and study purposes.
The Bible Song All Scripture Hymnal is provided to the Church to augment the other versions and to greatly enhance memorization and especially meditation on Scripture.
The Word of God emphasizes meditation on Scripture but few Christian Schools or Bible Colleges or Seminaries align with that emphasis. This is greatly overdue! Other religions memorize their texts word for word in entirety!
For 2000 years this has been essentially HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT from the Church!
Q. Is The Bible Song a Public Domain version?
A. No. The Bible Song is protected by copyright. No one is allowed to use the music for other purposes. You are free to share the music with the Scripture with no changes to either text or music. However you must acknowledge where it comes from and provide a link to this web site BibleSong.com.
The original music composed for the The Bible Song is only to be used to memorize and meditate on God’s Word.
Q. How will The Bible Song help me in life?
A. It allows you to sing and eventually to quote and write whole chapters of scripture in context. God’s Word is eternal. You are gaining wisdom for this life and also laying up eternal treasure.
A. It saturates your heart and mind with God’s infallible living Word.
A. It allows you to meditate on the scripture day and night so God’s Word can abide in you. God makes great promises to those who do this …. you will prosper in all you do (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1) … and receive whatever you ask from God (John 15:7)
A. It builds you up in sound doctrine. Singing or listening to whole chapters of scripture deposits God’s word into your heart and mind IN CONTEXT.
Q. Who is The Bible Song for?
A. For new believers of all ages to hear God’s word for the first time and for mature Christians to grow in their knowledge of Christ.
A. For those who have wanted to memorize scripture but so far have been frustrated. You will be surprised how easy it is to learn entire chapters, and yes, even entire books of the Bible with this fun and easy method.
Q. Why is The Bible Song an easy way to memorize scripture?
A. Setting words to music is a scientifically and historically proven way to memorize vast amounts of text and retain it for life.
A. Unique melodies for each verse cement the information in 12 regions of the brain and involve linguistic, emotional, proprioceptive, kinesthetic, audio and even visual aspects of memory. This whole-brain involvement creates imaginative real life interaction that engages the person singing in similar ways to those using virtual reality programs.
Q. Can you guarantee that this will work for me?
A. With few exceptions, everyone, even those who cannot sing on pitch, are able to memorize lyrics that have been set to unique melodies.
A. It works regardless of whether your singing sounds like a nightingale or like a gale in the night!
A. It is all about the FREQUENCY.
Frequency of sound impacts the mind and instills the words into the brain.
Frequency of singing. Sing every day. Just a few minutes each day will result in amazing progress.
Q. How do I become a Chapter Champion?
A. Church fellowships or individuals can partner financially with Word for Word Ministries to help produce any chapter of the New Testament.
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Q. How do I become a Chapter Guardian?
A. Church congregations or groups or individuals within a church can memorize a chapter of a book in the New Testament for which they are responsible to be Guardians for posterity. The need for this is becoming more and more urgent as we see events unfolding in the world.
Q. How can Home Schools and Christian Schools participate?
A. We have a special curricula for schools. By adding 10 minutes of “singing time” to daily curriculum children are amazingly able to memorize chapters over a short period of time. Start the youngest students who are in the concrete thinking stage in a gospel that contains stories of Jesus. Older children can learn theological epistles because they are developing critical thinking skills.
A. Our program called SING READ WRITE RECITE is intuitive. You can adjust it based on grade, skill, and maturity level. Primary and Intermediate education should start with the history books such as the gospels and Acts. Junior High through College memorize epistles and Revelation. After memorizing through listening and singing the students can be tested first by singing the passages without looking at the words. Here is a 4th grade class that memorized John Chapter 1 and is singing part of it in a presentation at their Christian School. In Indonesia hundreds of students blindfold themselves and make videos singing to prove they know the text. It is amazing … take a look! Others sing together in large groups. We are emphasizing what we like to call John Chapter 1 Around the World (now in 5 languages).