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

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Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

What is the significance of the awkward spacing (on the right below) when songs are printed in the bible? Is this spacing in the original scripts, or is it assumed by the translator somehow?
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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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Which translation of the bible does this version of the Lord's Prayer come from?

When I was very young, the version of the Lord's Prayer that I was taught went like this: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in ...
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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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Throughout church history, what have been the major, influential translations of the Bible?

I've heard the King James Version of the Bible was influential. Were there other versions/translations of the Bible that were influential and/or prominent in church history? For example, I've heard ...
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What is the biblical basis for Jesus 'returning' to the Father?

There are several verses that speak of Jesus 'returning' or 'going back'. John 16:5 But now I am going back to the Father who sent me CEV John 16:28 now I will leave the world and return to the Father....
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Why do some translations render Genesis 3:8 with "the voice of the Lord" while others don't? Is it a reference to Jesus?

Genesis 3:8, depending on the translation, says one of two things with regards to what Adam and Eve heard: They heard "the voice of the Lord" walking in the garden or The sound of the Lord God as ...
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Where can I download the Antwerp and Paris Polyglot Bibles in PDF form?

Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, 4 important Polyglot Bibles were published. The 1st one was the Complutensian Polyglot, issued in 1522. The 2nd one was the Antwerp Polyglot issued 1569-...
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Are any English versions of the Bible suspect according to Lutheranism?

Do Lutherans officially warn about any Bible translation?
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What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about other Bible translations?

I was communing with a group of six JWs and one of them brought out an app which compared the NWT with other translations and claimed that there is not much difference between them. Do Jehovah's ...
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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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What is the oldest copy of Genesis 26, and is there a place to see a side-by-side translation? thanks

What is the oldest copy of Genesis 26, and is there a place to see a side-by-side translation? thank you!
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What arguments do KJV-only proponents give to support that the 1611 translation is better than say, Greek language Bibles?

I have an interlinear Bible, called the Apostolic Bible Polyglot, that presents the New Testament (along with the Old Testament, from the Septuagint) in Greek and English. Of the Complutensian ...
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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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Why do translations use words like "servants" to mean "slaves"?

Luke 12:45-48 uses the word "servants". What kind of servants get beaten up by their master? That looks a lot like slaves to me. We have an English word for that thing. It's called slaves. So why use ...
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Why is Yir’ah Translated as ‘Fear’ Instead of ‘Respect’ in Christian Bibles?

A very common struggle newcomers have with Christianity is reconciling the terrifying God of the Old Testament with the loving God of the New Testament. Most of the problem lays, in my opinion, at the ...
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What bible translation did the Unitarians use in 19th century America?

I have been recently reading a lot of Emerson and through this reading I came to know something about William Ellery Channing (the Elder), who was the main voice of American Unitarianism in the 19th ...
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What are the most widely used simple-English bible translations in mainstream protestant churches?

For the purposes of reading longer sections of scripture as a story or for "un churched" audiences, more accessible versions can be really useful but there are a lot to choose between and ...
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Is the Book of Mormon in English as authentic as in the original, or is Joseph Smith's translation imperfect? [closed]

It is commonly held in religion that the authenticity and authority of Scripture is highest in its original text, since human translators can introduce errors and misunderstandings not present ...
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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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Did the New World Translation lead to any doctrinal changes?

The Jehovah's Witnesses believe that their denomination is a restoration of the original, ancient form of Christianity. They claim to have rediscovered this form through principled biblical study and ...
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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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Why does the (N)KJV put Jesus' name in all caps in Matthew 1:21 and Luke 1:31?

It's only in the King James and the New King James, but why is Jesus' name in all caps? And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from ...
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Why does the Catholic church not sanction the KJV translation?

One of my favorite Bible translations has always been the King James (I suppose because of the medieval feel), but I have always been fascinated by the much longer history of the Catholic Church and I ...
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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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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 the pronoun "you" are written in all capitals. Here is an example from Acts 2:38: ...
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How has the Chinese Patriotic Society modified the Bible in China?

Listening to The World Over Live from April 8th 2021, Raymond Arroyo said that Xi Jianping was adding the "Ten Commandments of Xi" into the Bible. That might have been hyperbole, but does ...
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How many languages has the King James Version been translated into?

Yes, that's what I mean. Please read before downvoting. Our sister site hosted this question, which tells us that Winston Churchill said the King James Version of the Bible had been translated into ...
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Where can I find Julia Smith's translation of the Septuagint?

Julia Smith writes in her preface to her translation of the Bible, I had studied Latin and Greek at school, and began by translating the Greek New Testament, and then the Septuagint, from which our ...
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Were the scriptural readings at Mass ever other than Vulgate read at mass pre-Vatican II?

Vatican II allowed vernacular languages for rites. However, the official document about it (Sacrosantum Concilium) doesn't mention anything about Bible readings. Where readings already allowed to be ...
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Counterarguments to "KJV-only"?

Some people believe the King James Version of the Bible is the only version English-speakers should be using, as it is the only inspired translation. (This is referred to as "KJV-onlyism.") ...
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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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Why the name Evil-merodach

Is it a title? And why is merodach written with a lower case "m"? PS: I came across this name from Jeremiah 52:31 of an NLT Bible
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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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How do Jehovah’s Witnesses explain the unique wording of Colossians 1:15-17 in the NWT?

Compare the wording of the NWT and the NKJV at Colossians 1:15-17 NKJV says 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are ...
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Is there a good Swedish Bible Translation that's not the equivalent of the NIV?

I have a friend in Sweden who is a new believer and I want to buy him a bible translated in his native language. Unfortunately, the only two translations I've found are the 1917 translation which is ...
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Are Catholics allowed to entertain that the Old Vulgate might contains errors?

In Decrees of the First Vatican Council (1868) in Session 3, Chapter 2 "On Revelation", items 6-7 state: The complete books of the old and the new Testament with all their parts, as they ...
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What original text is the King James Version (KJV) translation of the Old Testament based on?

The wording of the KJV Old Testament seems to follow (in general) that of the Tanakh, so can I conclude that it is specifically a translation of the Hebrew texts rather than a translation of the Greek ...
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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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Was the KJV "too highly colored in many places with the party ideas and opinions of those who made it"?

In the Emphatic Diaglott, the second paragraph under the heading "To the Reader" states: But can it be fairly said that such is the case with our present English Version? We opine not. ...
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Did King James have any words put into the book of Deuteronomy in the translation of the Bible?

I have been told that there is a letter held by the University of St. Andrews, Scotland from King James telling the translators to include words against witchcraft; this being a follow-on from the ...
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Hebrew translation for the Deuterocanonical books?

Is there a Hebrew translation for the Deuterocanonical books (including 1,2 Maccabees)? Any available online?
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Any Septuagint (LXX) audio book available online?

Searching for a complete audio of Septuagint - Ancient, not Modern Greek translation. Is it available anywhere online?
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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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How can we trust the Bible after it has been translated to another language?

Islam considers the Qur'an to be authoritative only in its 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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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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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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Does the Old Testament word Sheol have Greek or Hebrew origins?

The word "Sheol" is a fairly modern word used in modern translations of the Old Testament to represent hell, Hades or The Grave or 'The Place of the Dead'. It's the Hebrew's conception of ...
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How is the Vulgate rendering of Romans 5:12 explained (Roman Catholic perspective)?

The Greek text (Textus Receptus) of Romans 5:12 reads: δια τουτο ωσπερ δι ενος ανθρωπου η αμαρτια εις τον κοσμον εισηλθεν και δια της αμαρτιας ο θανατος και ουτως εις παντας ανθρωπους ο θανατος ...

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