Questions tagged [bible-translation]

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

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Is the OT translation in “The Apostolic Bible - Polyglot” based strictly on the LXX or MT text?

In reference to the answer given to Are there any English Bible translations whose primary text for the OT is the Septuagint? some further issues arise: There's a rather interesting translation ...
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Are devotional materials in Slavic-speaking Orthodox countries typically translated today?

When rereading the Russian classic The Way of the Pilgrim, I was somewhat surprised to come across a passage which implied that a pocket copy of the Gospels intended for personal devotional reading ...
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Is the Vulgate the official version of the bible for entire Catholic Church, or just the Latin Church?

The Latin Vulgate is considered to be the official version of the bible of the Roman Catholic church. I'm wondering if this means it is only the official version of the Roman Catholic Church, or does ...
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Has the Bible ever been translated into Egyptian Hieroglyphics?

I'm very curious to see what the Bible looks like in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. There's an "ancient languages" department at one of the Universities in my city and one of the languages they offer ...
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How many languages had the Hebrew Bible been translated into by 30 CE?

I had thought that the Old Testament had two versions: Greek and Hebrew. Today, from this link I've found that before the Greek Bible, there was another version, the Aramaic Bible. During Jesus time, ...
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Why is “She” used in the Douay-Rheims translation of Genesis 3:15?

So this portion of scripture is very famous and important, its called the "proto-evangelum". It is often counted as the first spoken promise of salvation from God to man. Here is the verse in a ...
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What support is there for the Jehovah’s Witness translation of John 1:1?

Rather than the more traditional “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” Jehovah’s Witnesses use the New World Translation, which gives John 1:1 as “In the ...
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Parallel German (Martin Luther's 1534) and English Bible in PDF format?

I've been looking specifically for a PDF version of the Martin Luther 1534 translation of the Bible with a Parallel English translation (preferably KJV, but any edition will do). I've been hitting a ...
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MLV (Modern Literal Version) translation: How reasonable is their “open source” claim?

The Modern Literal Version of the Bible (MLV) is described at their website. It claims to be based on the ASV, modified to agree with the Byzantine Greek text. They claim it has been proofread and ...
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Who is being referred to in [Numbers 24:9]?

Some translations say [Israel], while majority of the others say [you]. [New International Version] Like a lion they crouch and lie down, like a lioness--who dares to rouse them? "May those who bless ...
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Joseph Smith Translation of verses in Isaiah 42 vs the Great Isaiah Scroll

This question is about the rendering of some passages in the Joseph Smith Translation (JST). This is a collection of verses that add or replace sections of the King James Version which was deemed to ...
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Do Bible translations matter? [closed]

I'm asking this from a born-again Christian perspective (so I guess this makes me an evangelical Protestant) and seeing how there's controversy over the KJV, NIV, ESV etc., does the type of Bible that ...
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Why do some Bible Translations omit John 7:53-8:11?

When I tried to look at the verses quoted in this question Ihttp://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/5903/what-did-jesus-write-on-the-ground/ I found that in the New World Translation of the ...
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How similar are the KJV and the Reina Valera bibles?

I know that the two books are similar to each other in that they’re both very influential printed bibles, and that they’re used by the same or similar denominations of Christianity. And that both ...
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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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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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Where is the reference in bible that JESUS preached for three and Half years?

Required bible reference that JESUS Preached for three and half years.
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Why is so hard to find a print version of ASV bible?

I started to study the bible recently, and I wanted to buy a print copy of the American Standard Version. The bible is available online but I wanted a print version as a backup. To my surprise the ...
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Isaiah 14:6: ESV vs NKJV

The two different interpretations seem to be completely opposite each other. In NKJV the verse is as follows: He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, He who ruled the nations ...
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Looking for a Catholic Arabic bible

I'm trying to track down an Arabic bible which contains all the books, rather than the 66 book protestant canon. I'm finding this hard to do. There are many Arabic translations out there but often it ...
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What are the major criticisms of the NIV?

While researching for this answer and reading different posts on this site over the past few days, I've come across some criticisms of the NIV I'd never heard before. I've seen articles claiming that ...
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Why did the Apostles say to obey God rather than men?

As per scripture Act 5: 29-30 29 Peter and the other apostles answered and said, "We ought to obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a ...
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Why does Iglesia ni Cristo use the Lamsa Bible?

Recently, I met members of a group called Iglesia ni Cristo (Tagalog for "Church of Christ"). After I looked them up and watched some debates between them and other Christian churches, I observed that ...
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Did Jerome’s doctrine of Mariology affect his translation?

In a recent Q&A on Hermeneutics.SE, I made an arguement that carried the implication that Jerome's translation of κεχαριτωμένη ('favored one’)† as gratia plena ('full of grace’)† in Luke 1:28 was ...
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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. My ...
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Bible comparison KJV vs NRSV-CE

I am wondering what are the differences between the King James Version and New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition bible (this is almost the other question about NKJV and KJV Bible) From the ...
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Which Latin manuscripts were used by the KJV translators?

When the KJV translators set out to do their translation, they gathered all existing manuscripts and translations they could, to make sure they had everything absolutely right. I am curious, which ...
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Did King James really have his name put into the Bible?

I have heard it said that the name book of James would more properly be translated as something such as Joshua. As James is a name of apparent Germanic decent, is it true as I have heard that the ...
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What was the intended meaning of the quotation marks around “sinners” in the old NIV?

Take for example Matthew 9:10-13: While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they ...
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Why do people think they need anything other than the KJV Bible?

I cannot understand why people think they need another version of the Bible besides the King James Version.
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Are subheaders of Bible chapters part of the original text?

I'm attempting to store the Bible text of several translations into a single database. What I'm noticing is that some translations have some sort of subheaders within the chapters that don't seem to ...
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When/why did the [N]RSV become a “Catholic” Bible instead of a “Protestant” Bible?

The Methodist church my aunt grew up in back in the 50s and 60s relied almost exlcusively on the RSV, and she continued to use it until her death a few years ago as her preferred translation. However,...
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Did the original Greek scriptures use upper and lower case letters, in particular for “Holy Ghost”?

Most English translations captialize "Holy Ghost". Which is true: The original Greek capitalized it too. The original Greek capitalized proper nouns, but not these. The original Greek didn't ...
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What’s so liberal about the NRSV?

I recently ran across this comment suggesting that the ESV translation was undertaken because the NRSV was ‘too liberal.’ I’ve often been curious what prompted this split in the KJV-lineage group, and ...
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Is there a translation of the Bible into Hebrew that is based on the LXX+NT?

What I mean by my question is this: Has the Septuagint and the Greek New Testament both been translated into Hebrew and put together in one volume?
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What major translations of the Bible are in the Public Domain?

Quoting Biblical text is technically a dicey proposition. While the original manuscripts are obviously public domain, not every translation is. Indeed, the NIV even posts the following copyright ...
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Are all of the red letter text the words of Jesus?

To what extent can we be sure that the red letters in a KJV Bible are the actual words of Jesus?
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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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How did C. A. Muses revise Thomson's translation of the Septuagint?

Charles Thomson's translation of the Septuagint was published in 1808, and the revision of C. A. Muses was printed in 1954. What is an overview of the revisions that Muses made to Thomson's original ...
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Why is the Textus Receptus important?

I've seen it mentioned that some translations use the Textus Receptus and others don't, so why is this document important?
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Why do most Bible translations bowdlerize the Tetragrammaton?

The Hebrew text of the Bible contains the Tetragrammaton many many times. This is used as a name, not as a title. And yet, the vast majority of Bible translations render this as LORD, not as a name. ...
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A more literal Bible translation than WEB

I use Sword Project Bible software to read Bible. Currently I use WEB (World English Bible), sometimes KJV. But in WEB there are such things as intermixing soul, heart, spirit and other words, as if ...
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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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Introduction to Greek Texts; Byzantine vs. Alexandrian

I'm trying to learn more about the process by which our current Bibles came to be. In doing so I'm wanting to learn more about the Greek Manuscripts from which they are derived, from my current (and ...
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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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Was Psalms 45:6 Mistranslated? [closed]

I'm having difficulty with this passage. On Psalms 45:6: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated ...
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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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Why is the word 'Lord' in all caps in the OT but not in the NT?

My friend asked me the other day, why is the word 'Lord' in all capital letters in the Old Testament but not the New Testament? I tend to lean towards the fact that the OT was written in Hebrew and ...
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What is the meaning of the word Devils in the King James version of the Bible?

The word Devils appears in the King James version of the Bible 55 times, and appears to refer to different entities in different places. This is apparently someone or something different from The ...
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Is there an English Bible translation that includes all of these books?

Apostolic Constitutions Bk. 8. XLVII Let the following books be esteemed venerable and holy by you, both of the clergy and laity. Of the Old Covenant: the five books of Moses— Genesis, Exodus, ...