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Friendly Bible Translations

Friendly Bible Translations is a resource for Friendly Bible Study in Quaker Meetings. See below for full description and background information.

Friendly Bible Translations is a Resource
for Friendly Bible Study in Quaker Meetings

The Friendly Bible Translations were prepared for use with the Friendly Bible Study and in First Day School in Quaker Meetings.

These translations were first published in a newsletter, Word of Mouth, which was circulated among Quakers, and they are now available without cost from the Quaker Universalist Fellowship (QUF). These Friendly Bible Translations are found under the heading of “The Friendlies” on our website.

The passages for translation were selected from the books of Genesis and Joana (Jonah) in the First (Old) Testament and from the gospels of Luke and John in the Second (New) Testament.

The Friendly Bible Translations are coupled with downloadable commentaries on each translation to assist readers and the participants in discussion groups as well as in First Day School. These commentaries emphasize the significant, distinguishing elements of these accurate translations, which can substantially affect children particularly.


These parts of the Bible were translated by Quaker Joanne Spears from Hebrew and Greek, as parts of a larger translation plan for the Bible as a whole. Completion of this larger translation plan was interrupts by health problem, dementia, and death.

These central Bible translations are sensitive to accuracy in the use of gendered pronouns and are structured to comply with modern standards of simple sentence structure and syntax. The author used these translations in her Bible Half Hour presentations at Friends General Conference Gatherings.

These translations welcome comparison with the same texts in other Bible translations in Meeting study for amplified insights. Bible translation is challenging, both linguistically and culturally. Comparison of several translations are beneficial for accurate understanding.

Suggestions based on Quaker experience with the Friendly Bible Study and these translations are welcome for clarifying and improving this Bible study method and these translations for service to Quaker meetings at clerk@universlistfriends.org. Questions about this study method and the Bible translations are also welcome at ldspearsld@gmail.com or 218-727-8462.