The Most Used Versions of The Bible
As time goes on, it is quite common for older translations of texts to become more and more foreign to modern readers. This is doubly so with the most popular text in history, the Bible. Because of this dated translation issue, The Bible has become one of the most translated, and re-translated, documents in history. There are more than 60 different translations of The Bible alone in English, which makes it very hard to choose a Bible for personal use. In this article, we will go over some of the differences between the different translations of the Bible, as well as some of the tools that you can use to help you better understand the word of God.
Most translations of the Bible can be put into three different categories: word-for-word translations, meaning-for-meaning translations, and paraphrased. Each one of these categories are used to describe the translator's intent for the reader. As we can see with each type of translation the intent for the reader differs drastically.
Word-For-Word translations of the Bible are intended to be as close to the original Greek and Hebrew texts. Word-for-word translations of the Bible are quite popular, and there are many iterations that fall under this category. These Bibles generally use language that is very outdated, which can be hard for the reader to understand without extra reading tools to help them. Reading tools such as The Sermon Notebook can be used to help better interpret word-for-word translations. Some examples of word-for-word translations include translations like the King James Bible or the New King James Bible. This category of translation is one of the most widely used in the Biblical study community, and can be used with other translations of the Bible to truly get the most out of your Bible stud