Q: What Bible do they use most in Israel? M.W.
A: I am assuming that by "they" you are referring to Jewish Believers. The
original Masoratic Hebrew text is the Old Testament standard. (The one used
for the King James translation.) The only book in doubt, in this Canon, is
the Song of Solomon.
New Testament translations are quite varied. People tend to use the one
written in their first language. The Russian Jews use the Russian Orthodox
Bible which unfortunately contains some Apocryphal and some Pseudepigraphal
books. Some Jewish Believers from Syria, Iraq and Turkey use the Syriac text
which does not have I, II, & III John, II Peter or Jude. (The Syriac
Christian Church considers these books to be Apocryphal!) The Ethiopian Jews
have the Coptic Bible, some of which contain gnostic books. French Jews tend
to use the Jerusalem Bible (The N.T. translated: from Greek to Latin to
French). We are dealing with many Bibles in the land of Israel.
The Roman Catholics have their Canon (Books in their Bible); the Greek
Orthodox and Russian Orthodox have their Canon; the Syriac Church has their
Canon; the Coptic Church has their Canon; the Armenian Church has their
Canon; and of course the Protestant Church has their Canon.
Each Church believes that their Bible is the true and Holy Bible, the
sacred Canon. Each Church wonders how any Christian could doubt the
authenticity of their choice of Books in the Canon. Each Church feels that
the superiority of their Canon is obvious. Each Church is convinced that they
have the real Word of GOD and that the others are laboring under a demonic
illusion. Each Church has theological arguments that prove their Canon to be
right beyond a reasonable doubt. Is it any wonder that new Jewish Believers
get confused about which Bible is right and to be trusted?