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Why did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, not in use in 1830?

Joseph Smith did not just translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, but into a very specific type of Jacobean English, as used in the King James Version of the Bible (KJV). W. H Stevenson (...
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Is the English translation of "Book of Mormon" ever revised or updated, and if so, on what basis given that the golden plates have disappeared?

No, the Book of Mormon has never been revised into a more modern English dialect. There have been various updates to the printing of the Book of Mormon over time to correct errors in the typesetting ...
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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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Is there an Arabic translation of the Book of Mormon?

Yes, the Book of Mormon is translated into Arabic (كتاب مورمون), as well as the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. A scanned PDF of the Arabic Book of Mormon can be found here, and a ...
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Which translation of Augustine's Confessions is the easiest to read in English?

This question has long been of interest to me, and I've investigated it on a number of occasions in the past -- never quite in a "scientific" way, though. This looks to be a fruitful question, even if ...
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How possible is it that the Septuagint / LXX wasn't specifically quoted in the NT?

It is highly unlikely. I will address the OP's commentary/questions in turn: The reason why I ask this is because I can't really seem to find much proof of the age of the Septuagint. I offer the ...
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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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Is the English translation of "Book of Mormon" ever revised or updated, and if so, on what basis given that the golden plates have disappeared?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the most prominent group of people associated with the name 'Mormon', have only issued new editions when previous editions were found to not ...
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How was the translation of the Book of Mormon shown through Joseph Smith's seer stones and hat?

From LDS.org we read: The other instrument, which Joseph Smith discovered in the ground years before he retrieved the gold plates, was a small oval stone, or “seer stone.” As a young man during the ...
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Why are Biblical names not translated?

Because name forms in Hebrew, are not exactly the same as their literal counterparts, even if the names denote a phrase. Thus, it's not fitting to conflate phrase with name in the English (target ...
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Why did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, not in use in 1830?

From an exmormon standpoint, an alternative explanation is that there were no plates to "translate," and the whole thing was something he created, using contemporary sources. The current thinking is ...
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Why was the Sea of Galilee called so?

This is not an unusual usage, nor one that needs a specifically religious explanation. "The Sea of Galilee" is the standard English translation of the original Greek θάλασσαν τῆς Γαλιλαίας ("thalassan ...
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Why does the Catholic church not sanction the KJV translation?

In the past, the Catholic church had a serious monopoly on Bible translations. Most bibles were exclusively in Latin. A language which was reserved for the higher members of society, the Scholars and ...
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Absent the original golden plates, which translation of the Book of Mormon is considered to be the "official" version?

The latest edition of the Book of Mormon can be considered the official version. When translating the Book of Mormon into another language: The two or three people who are selected as translators ...
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How do Unitarians interpret John 1:1?

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος A summary of the interpretation I think ...
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How do Unitarians interpret John 1:1?

The word (λόγος) of John 1 is not a person but the Gospel of eternal life as the Apostle John says in the opening of his first Epistle: "What (ὅ) was from the beginning (cf. John 1:1), what we have ...
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Does Jesus's name lose authority in other languages? (Catholic)

On June 29, 2008, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, wrote to the presidents of all conferences of bishops, prohibiting use ...
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Why did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon into Jacobean English, not in use in 1830?

LDS Perspective If this is a truth question, one can only speculate because as far as I can tell, it does not appear that Joseph Smith ever addressed the question of why the Book of Mormon uses the ...
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Why does the Catholic church not sanction the KJV translation?

Historically, the Vatican has preferred the Latin translation of the bible which Jerome produced in about the year 380 A.D. The Vatican's argument has been that this early rendering of the Greek ...
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What do Christians believe Kaneh Bosem translates to?

Lest any Cannabis lovers get too excited, the qâneh portion of this compound phrase seems to indicate the stem or stalk of a reed-like plant: Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Definitions reed, stalk, ...
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Absent the original golden plates, which translation of the Book of Mormon is considered to be the "official" version?

depperm is right, the latest edition of the Book of Mormon (published by the LDS Church) is the official version. However, other versions exist and are sold in the 'official' LDS bookstore (Deseret ...
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Is the English translation of "Book of Mormon" ever revised or updated, and if so, on what basis given that the golden plates have disappeared?

There have been over 3,900 changes to the original text of the Book of Mormon. 1 Many of the changes are over spelling and grammar, but some of the changes have been significant: 1 Nephi 11:21 ...
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Could there have been a different translation for Matthew 14:28? (Catholic perspective)

This is not a Catholic-specific question; however, the translation (which appears in the ESV) accurately represents the Greek: εἰ σὺ εἶ (“if it is you”). (See the corresponding entry in the Liddell &...
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Is there a good Swedish Bible Translation that's not the equivalent of the NIV?

Wikipedia has a list of Bible translations in the Swedish language. There are two types of Bibles: Official government-sanctioned translations, used by the Lutheran Church of Sweden Other ...
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Romans 6:5 and "Where's Wolfius?"

The evidence supports the conclusion that the Wolfius referred to by John Owen, Vicar of Thrussington, in his footnotes to Calvin's Commentary is Johann Christoph Wolf (1683-1739); and that the ...
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Looking for Nanjing Mandarin Colloquial version (南京官话译本) of the New Testament

I've checked Chinese websites for you and was able to find the following page where you can type in the chapter numbers and read the image of the copy of the book (in Chinese). http://hb.fhl.net/...
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What is the distinction between Consubstantial and One in Being?

In the English language "One in being with the Father" is a better translation of Late Latin "consubstantialis" than is "consubstantial". It is easily understood by the laity with no problem. ""...
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What was meaning of `Talent' as used by Jesus in His parable?

There is no "Catholic interpretation", per se. A talent was simply a unit of measure, and by extension, value. Relevant to the verse you quoted: The heavy common talent, used in New Testament ...
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