Questions About the Bible

FAQ: Why are there so many different translations of the Bible?

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Why are there so many different translations of the Bible?

The Bible has been translated into over 450 languages—and the New Testament into over 1,600 languages. These numbers are increasing every year as organizations such as Wycliffe Bible Translators and the United Bible Societies produce new language versions. Obviously, translating the Bible into different languages is a good thing. It is estimated that about 98% of the world’s population speak a language in which at least part of the Bible has been translated. This is true of no other book in history.

 

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FAQ: How should I go about choosing a translation of the Bible?

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How should I go about choosing a translation of the Bible?

Here are some criteria to consider when looking at different versions of the Bible and deciding which ones to use. Note that these criteria do not express absolute requirements for an “acceptable” translation but only factors to take into consideration in evaluating and using different versions.

 

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FAQ: What are the best English translations of the Bible?

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What are the best English translations of the Bible?

The following are a dozen of the best English translations of the Bible. The comments that follow will provide some help in understanding the value of each one. The translations are listed in two groups. The first group lists six translations that we especially recommend. The second group lists six good translations with which students of the Bible may want to be familiar but that we do not think are the best for regular reading and study purposes. Within these two groupings the versions are listed in alphabetical order, not ranked by preference.

 

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