Bible Study & Prayer
It has been discovered in the art world that while Leonardo DaVinci was painting his famous Mona Lisa painting of Lisa Gherardini, for Francesco del Giocondo that da Vinci had students painting copies of the work. The photos above show the original painting side by side with the newly discovered copy.
'But if the Prado copy raises new mysteries, it also clarifies some things. The newly restored copy, with its gleaming landscape in the background and sharp lines defining the spindle of the chair and the ruffle of the bodice, fills in details obscured by the yellowing varnish on the real Mona Lisa. "The original hasn't been restored in a long time," says Prado curator Falomir. "The copy invites you to see it with new eyes." '
Complete article at http://news.yahoo.com/real-time-copy-mona-lisa-reveals-leonardo-185500837.html
The same comparison can be made with some of the more modern copies of the Bible. They have the capability of bringing into focus details lost over time of the original. As long as the message of the original text is preserved, more recent copies (translations) can bring out details to provide greater understanding of the original. A Bible commentary will often provide further information about a text in scripture as well. Some may not accept a new translation or commentary, and this is where further study of the specifics is necessary, but in general reading another perspective along with the original provides additional insight into the scriptures.