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Old August 27th, 2008, 01:48 PM   #1
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You don't have a full understanding of what the Bible is my friend.

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?
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Heck, if there was only one version, we'd have to learn a whole other language to learn it, and that defeats the whole purpose of the Bible (to convey an attainable message)!!!

I own a few King James, an NKJ, an NIV, and an NLT.

The King James is nice for quoting and ornament, IMO. It's a bit too "old language" for me.

The New King James keeps the same feel as the King James, but in a little more modern terms, and the New Intertional Version is a great GREAT version that has enough common language that you don't get lost in reading it, but is still very thought provoking. If I am completely lost in the language, and not the meaning, my New Living Translation really helps straighten me out.

All of them = same message, but some have more palpable language than others.
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My bible has the KJ and the NIV next to each other on the page which I like
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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


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Heck, if there was only one version, we'd have to learn a whole other language to learn it, and that defeats the whole purpose of the Bible (to convey an attainable message)!!!

I own a few King James, an NKJ, an NIV, and an NLT.

The King James is nice for quoting and ornament, IMO. It's a bit too "old language" for me.

The New King James keeps the same feel as the King James, but in a little more modern terms, and the New Intertional Version is a great GREAT version that has enough common language that you don't get lost in reading it, but is still very thought provoking. If I am completely lost in the language, and not the meaning, my New Living Translation really helps straighten me out.

All of them = same message, but some have more palpable language than others.

All of them = same message


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