Questions regarding different translations of the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek texts.

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Why are there so many translations of the Bible?

It seems confusing to have so many translations of the Bible. Why isn't there just a single (English) one? Or maybe a single "modern" one (given that KJV is hard to understand these days).
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How can we trust the Bible after it has been translated to another language?

Islam considers the Qur'an to be authoritative only it it's original language. Many teachings even claim it is a sin to read in any language but it's original, and while not all adhere to this belief, ...
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Is it possible for The Bible to contain errors?

For those who profess to follow the word of Christ, everyone agrees that the Bible is the infallible word of God as transcribed by many different men compiled together in one book. But for this ...
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What is the King James only movement?

I'm a non-native English speaker living in Europe myself, so I honestly couldn't read the KJV as my primary Bible and all I know about its popularity in the USA is hearsay. I'd like to know more about ...
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Do not allow a sorceress/witch to live?

I saw a witch a while back being mistreated, which deeply troubled me. I am strong proponent for Luke 6:31. I am familiar with Exodus 22:18 which usually translates to something like: Do not allow a ...
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What scholarship exists behind the WikiSource translation of the Bible?

In response to a question about Onan, @RonMaimon chose the WikiSource translation. Not being familiar with it, I tried to examine it's pedigree, but could not find one. I'd like to know a little about ...
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Where do primary sources for the Bible reside?

Bible translations are made from sources. Where are these sources? In a university, museum, government agency or what?
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What process was used to translate the KJV?

Who were the translators that created the venerate KJV translation and what guidelines did they use? What "kind" of translation was intended and how is it generally categorized today? Note that there ...
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Can we trust the Septuagint?

I've previously used the Apostolic Bible for digging deeper into the meanings of passages. However, I've found that some passages in the Old Testament make no sense compared to the modern ...
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Are Catholics allowed to read the NIV translation?

I know this is kind of an odd question. However, there is a question that has popped into my mind while considering these quality standards that we've been starting to implement. My thoughts are ...
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What distinctive kinds of Bible translations are there?

Obviously there is a lot decisions and elbow-grease that go into producing any Bible translation. I hear a lot of different terms used to describe the different methodologies that guide those ...
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Non-Christian/secular translation of the Bible?

Is there a rigorous translation of the Bible, sponsored or produced by secular organization? Not that this translation would be necessarily more impartial, but it would be nice to have this version ...
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Missing verse of the Bible? Acts 8:37

During bible study I noticed that Acts 8:37 was missing from my bible. Verse 36 goes straight onto verse 38. Some cursory Google searches show that this happens in the NIV but not the KJV. Is there ...
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What are the major differences between NASB and ESV?

I've read both the New American Standard Bible and the English Standard Version for some time now. I frankly can't tell which one I'm reading; they're that close. Many passages are translated with the ...
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Criteria for translation

I know there are a TON of translations out there and that some people prefer things like King James Only. But I was wondering: What are some good criteria for choosing a translation and why?
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Jesus and Mary / Joshua and Miriam

One thing that is consistently odd, yet consistent among most English translations is that the name of the mother of Our Lord, Mary, and Our Lord Himself, Jesus, are translated that way (as well as ...
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Where does the Catholic church procure most of its Bibles?

I was recently doing some research on Bible publishing and distribution in order to compose this answer over on the Skeptics Stack Exchange site. In spite of the result being well received, I have a ...
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The differences between the NKJV and KJV Bible translations

I am planing to get one of these translations for my personal use. If these are too different from one another, I would like to get both. I love to compare (for my personal study) different versions ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses have their own version of the Bible? What is their reason for not accepting other versions such as the NIV or the KJV?
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What specific scholarship is there behind the New World Translation?

The New World Translation of the Bible was produced by the Jehovah's Witnesses. I'm wondering what specific scholarship is behind the translation. Who were the translators? What Greek Manuscripts ...
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What sources are used for the Christian Bible translations?

When I was looking in the store to buy a bible, I noticed that the different bible translations not only differ in their style of translation, but also in the sources they use. What are the sources ...
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Should “Jesus” be rendered “Yeshu‘a” in English?

The original name for Jesus in Hebrew-Aramaic is yeshu‘a. This was translated into Greek as Iēsous and then via the Latin Iesus into German, and eventually into English as Jesus. Since Christians ...
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Why did the KJV translate Jeremiah 29:11 the way it did?

I ran across the KJV translation of Jeremiah 29:11 on Facebook today and was struck by a seeming contradiction in the way the last part was translated. Here is the verse alongside other modern ...
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Why are the first five books of the old testament named differently in some translations?

In my (norwegian) Bible, the first five books are titled the first through fifth books of Moses, instead of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, etc., which appear to be the common English names. The names of ...
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Is Christianity more friendly to its own Scripture translation than other religions? If so, why?

Christianity seems to me to embrace translation of its scriptural writings far more than other religions, and to give such translations nearly equal weight with the approximations of the original ...
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Why do biblical names vary in different languages?

In my regional language (Tamil) biblical names vary from the actual names. I'm sure this is not only in my regional language only but also in other languages too. For instance Jesus' name is Yesu and ...
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What is the difference between being blessed and being happy?

I really am torn sometimes when having the kids in my Religious Ed. class read scripture, on the one hand we've got the Catholic Good News Translation from St. Mary's Press (Breakthrough Bible) which ...
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How can one judge how accurate a given Bible translation is?

How can I figure out whether a given translation is "accurate" or not? Is there a site or list somewhere that has Bible-translation ratings? Note that I am not asking for a list of what Bible ...
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What does it mean that all scripture is God-Breathed?

In 2 Tim 3:16, Paul writes All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (NIV) All Scripture is breathed out by God and ...
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What major discrepancies exist between “versions” of the Bible?

Based on a comment from @AndrewThompson, 'the' Bible (any one you care to name) is no more evidence of anything than the BOM is. You might take the numerous discrepancies between versions of ...
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How should we judge the trustworthiness of a given Bible translation?

Given that both the humans who actually penned the Bible and the later humans who translated it all had free will, the issue of Biblical inerrancy is a tricky one. See also: By what mechanism could ...
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Is it true that Luther intentionally mistranslated Romans 3:28?

I recently listened to Dr. Scott Hahn's conversion testimony. One thing that really jumped out at me was that Dr. Hahn stated that Luther purposely inserted the German word "allein" (alone) into ...
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What is the historical reason the King James Version was created?

Many years ago, I heard someone say that the KJV came about because King James I wanted a version of the Bible that supported him getting a divorce. Nowadays, I can't help but wonder how true this is. ...
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Is there a projection of when Bible translation into all the languages of the world will be complete?

The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book by far. Wycliffe Bible Translators and others continue to do this in more and more languages. This is seen by many to be part of ...
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What's the problem with groves?

In Exodus 34:13, Deuteronomy 7:5, Deuteronomy 12:3, God states laws against idolatry, and God says to cut down or burn groves: Exodus 34:13 KJV But ye shall destroy their altars, break their ...
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Was the first gospel written in Hebrew?

I found this website that basically says that some if not all of the gospel could have been written in Hebrew. Is this theory supported today and by whom? Scholars and school of though would be ...
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Why does the NWT capitalize “YOU” in many verses?

Throughout many passages in the NWT (Jehovah's Witness specific New World Translation), all instances of of the pronoun "you" are written in all capitals. Here is an example from Acts 2:38: Peter ...
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Old Roman Catholic Bibles having indulgence charts?

I just listened to a podcast of an Orthodox priest talking about his conversion into the Eastern Orthodox church. He mentioned something about how he once courted an irish Catholic girl who had a big ...
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How many years are Bible translations usually called New or Revised for?

Until this year have used the New American Bible (NAB) for my Religious Ed. class. Now, we've got a New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE). How long is a bible New and how long is a bible ...
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Can a non-christian be trusted to translate the Bible?

I've seen a number of comments and answers (here and elsewhere) regarding the [un]reliability of a specific translation. Occasionally, the angle of attack on a given translation is (kind of) ad ...
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What is giving up free will and giving it to Jesus mean?

Is there a majority opinion as to what giving up free will and giving it to Jesus means? What does this action look like? Are there any real life examples?
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Is there an English translation of the Bible that is accepted by most Christians?

This question is somewhat related to another about whether Catholics are allowed to read the NIV. But my question is broader: is there an English translation that most church authorities accept? I ...
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All my days are ordained before I was born?

Psalm 139:16 (KJV) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. ...
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How is the teachings in the Book of James consistent with Salvation by Grace alone?

I was reading through James today and I understand his point was to convey to the Jews that only having faith - but not showing your gratitude for the grace they've received - is not good. He does get ...
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What are the major differences between the NKJV and the ESV translations?

I have read both the New King James version and the English Standard version. I have noticed very trivial differences between the two. What, if any, are the major differences between the NKJV and the ...
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Does a literal reading of Romans 4:25 conflict with Reformed theology?

In the NASB, Romans 4:25 (emphasis mine) reads: He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. However, in the ESV (emphasis mine) it ...
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Have any Christian denominations publicly raised concerns about the Catholic Jerusalem Bible?

I have been reading through the Catholic Jerusalem Bible and have found a lot of pleasure in the copious footnotes and the surprisingly readable text. However I am aware that there are some issues, ...
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Isaiah 34:11 translation of animal names

In the NASB translation of Isaiah 34:11, Isaiah prophesies of Edom saying "But pelican and hedgehog will possess it, and owl and raven will dwell in it." At first I thought it odd that they mentioned ...
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What evidence is there that the New Testament was originally written in Aramaic?

The Hebraic Roots Bible makes the claim, The original New Testament was not written in Greek, but Aramaic. I thought that only the Gospel of Matthew might have been written in Aramaic, and that ...
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Witchcraft in Christianity?

I recently came across this: Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, ...