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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? First, to state the obvious: the translators have determined that this represents poetry. ...
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Why aren't some words like "Maranatha" or "Talitha Cumi" translated in English Bibles?

There are specific reasons that can be identified in each instance, but the three you mention share one important feature: they are Semitic (i.e. Aramaic or Hebrew) words amid the (otherwise) Greek ...
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Was her name really Bathsheba?

The apparent wordplay of Bathsheba bathing in the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11 is purely an artifact of English translation. In the original Hebrew, the "Bath" in "Bathsheba" has no ...
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Where did the notion that Adam and Eve ate an APPLE come from?

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word apple has, until recently, always meant simply "fruit" in English. This was certainly the case at the time of the earliest English Bible ...
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Would reading "The Street Bible" help me understand the KJV Bible?

First of all, these two translations are extremely different. Here's Genesis 1:1 in The Street Bible: First off, nothing. No light, no time, no substance, no matter. Second off, God starts it all ...
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Where do primary sources for the Bible reside?

The short answer to the question is: in museums and libraries throughout the world. The sheer number of fragments alone means that no one academic entity - let alone even one government or ...
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Why does the Catholic church not sanction the KJV translation?

A brief history of events leading up to the publication of the King James Authorised version of the Bible may help to explain why the Catholic Church does not sanction this translation. Mary Queen of ...
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Are there any English Bible translations whose primary text for the OT is the Septuagint?

There are a few. Some of them are published as academic works, while others are intended for the common use and worship (especially in Eastern Orthodox Churches). The first was The Holy Bible ...
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Is there a "Reina-Valera" only movement?

Yes there is. And like the KJV-only movement, it is not monolithic. For English speakers, it's important to recognize that the Reina Valera (RVR) is a group of Bible translations that continues to ...
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Why do we use the name "Jesus" if the apostles did not use it?

Your question seems to be referring to: And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. - Acts 4:12 ESV Which in context ...
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Would reading "The Street Bible" help me understand the KJV Bible?

Before selecting a translation of the Bible for reading or study, it is helpful to understand the goals of the various translations available and how they relate to what you're trying to accomplish by ...
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Which is the "correct" bible for Catholics?

The King James Version is not accepted by the Catholic Church. Primarily because it is translated to fit Anglican theology src1 src2. There is no Catholic edition of the NIV either. Not to mention ...
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Did King James really have his name put into the Bible?

As a matter of fact, it appears from two etymological entries (in Etymonline.com) that "James" comes not from "Joshua" but from "Jacob": masc. proper name, name of two of Christ's disciples, late ...
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What’s so liberal about the NRSV?

The decisions you mention really are the major issues, but one other point has gotten notice as well. Inclusive Language The article The NRSV vs the ESV, while critical of both translations, says of ...
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Why do people think they need anything other than the KJV Bible?

All languages change over time, all aspects of it are subject to change from basic orthography to fundamental meanings of words. It is highly unlikely that even you are actually using the KJV as ...
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How does calling someone an "idiot" make one bound for Gehenna?

It's not so much something lost in translation, though there may be some cultural factors coming into play. Jews considered the Words of the ten commandments to be minimum requirements, and beginning ...
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Why are psalms in the bible printed with funny spacing?

The original Hebrew manuscripts have line breaks only to fit lines on the page, and they have no punctuation. The formatting of Psalms and other songs in the Bible is added by the translators and ...
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Are subheaders of Bible chapters part of the original text?

In the prefaces of many Bible translations, there are notes that describe the origin of these headers: As an aid to the reader, sectional headings have been inserted. They are not to be regarded as ...
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Why do people think they need anything other than the KJV Bible?

There are many reasons, but here are two: Most Christians don't speak English. This is obvious, but there are millions of Christians around the world who can't understand even basic English. Asking ...
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Counterarguments to "KJV-only"?

Opponents to the KJV-Only position generally don’t disparage the King James Version (KJV) or treat it as necessarily inferior to contemporary English translations, but instead point out that it faces ...
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Why do translations use words like "servants" to mean "slaves"?

Translation philosophy The translator's job is to pick the best word(s) to fit their translation philosophy. This could mean the most "literal" (i.e. technically accurate, ignoring connotations) ...
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How does King James-only-ism apply to other languages?

One acceptable approach to KJV-Onlyists is to make a foreign translation based on the English text of the KJV. For example, this is from Peter Ruckman: The only LIVING BIBLE on earth today is the ...
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What major translations of the Bible are in the Public Domain?

Cambridge University holds the copyright to the King James version (through a centuries-long series of transfers of ownership rights), but only in the United Kingdom. I think the King James version ...
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Which is the "correct" bible for Catholics?

In addition to Jayarathina's answer for the United States, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales lists For use in the Liturgy (that is, at Mass): Revised Standard Version ...
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In which language is the Bible most read today?

This type of research would be incredibly hard to get accurate data about. But we can still get a good idea of what the most used languages are. I have taken the spreadsheet of data from the Joshua ...
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Why does the Catholic church not sanction the KJV translation?

Briefly, the Catholic Church doesn't accept the King James Version/Authorized Version for the same reason that it doesn't accept as authoritative any bible containing only the protocanon, or ...
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Why does the Catholic church not sanction the KJV translation?

This is to address a part of OP's question which does not yet seem addressed in the existing answers. He asks about differences between the KJV and traditional Catholic Bibles, and whether the KJV was ...
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Did the original Greek scriptures use upper and lower case letters, in particular for "Holy Ghost"?

Actually none of the above. The original Greek manuscripts were written in all capital letters. The minuscule script (which evolved into the Greek lowercase) was developed only during the 9th-10th ...
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