Originally Posted by fukkinrizzo
this made me think about all the different versions of the bible. How many are there? How are they different? why are they different? Shouldn't there only be one version?
There are MANY because there are MANY languages. There are also many versions inside of the English language for example.
For example, in the 1500's the King James version was drafted from original languages (Greek & Hebrew) into the language of the day (English) so that the common man can learn the scriptures. Great idea! That is why that version today still has "Thee" and "Thou" and the like. But that is not today's English language. That is part of the reason.
The other reason is because when translating from one language to another, sometimes meaning can be lost. For example, the King James or New King James version are word for word translations. But on the other hand the New International or the New American Standard are considered dynamic equivalents, in other words, they are translated thought for thought instead of just word for word.
So there is value in having multiple translations, because people of every tongue, and even in newer cultures, can understand the Scriptures.
HERE IS THE THING: People still speak Greek and Hebrew today, AND we have the scriptures still in their original languages. So the meaning is not lost. This is a very common miscoception. If you want to try yourself out at understanding a bit of the original languages, click around at www.blueletterbible.org