Charts like the one above highlight the problem that the abundance of Bible translations poses today. Sometimes, the plethora of available Bible translations on the bookstore shelf is overwhelming. How are we to make sense of the different options available? Which version should we use? And who is to say that this chart or others are correct? [This one is actually slightly biased as it is put out by the makers of the NIV and TNIV (which occupy the coveted “balanced” position). It also doesn’t include the ESV or HCSB, but that is because the chart is outdated.]
Well, over at my team KJV Only Debate Blog, Erik DiVietro has given us a 5 part series describing the various major Bible translations available today. This might make for some good weekend reading, so I thought I’d share it here. I felt he did a great job explaining and categorizing the various Bibles. He like myself, gravitates toward the ESV as his preferred Bible. Other good options are available, but it helps to learn the background of the various selections out there.
- Diversity of Modern Translations pt 1 \”“ The KJV Tradition
- Diversity of Modern Translations pt 2 \”“ Dynamic Translations
- Diversity of Modern Translations pt 3 \”“ Formal Translations
- Diversity of Modern Translations pt 4 \”“ Paraphrases
- Diversity of Modern Translations pt 5 \”“ Updating the King James Version