What Kind of English? On Bible Translation (Blomberg)

 I've been interested in Bible translations ever since I learned the biblical languages in college and seminary some years ago.  I learned right away that translating the Bible is not so simple nor is it a straightforward black-and-white process.  A very literal translation of the Bible would not be understandable.  And just because a translation… Continue reading What Kind of English? On Bible Translation (Blomberg)

God Blessing Bible Translations (White)

 I've mentioned James White's helpful book on the King James only controversy here before.  I was recently thinking about Bible translations so I picked up this book again and found a helpful section on how God blesses translations of the Bible.  Thankfully in our day, we have many good translations and we don't have to… Continue reading God Blessing Bible Translations (White)

The NET Bible

 As I've mentioned here before, while I use the ESV it's not necessarily my favorite translation.  Sometimes the language in the ESV is dated (e.g. small in stature, impudence, merry-hearted, etc.).  Other times the grammar/syntax is quite coarse.  I was recently reading 1 Cor. 12:12-26 in the ESV with a friend.  After we finished reading,… Continue reading The NET Bible

The “Permanent Text” of the ESV: A Soft Critique (Updated)

(NOTE: On September 28 Crossway issued a retraction statement on the Permanent Text.  You can read it here.)  - Perhaps you've heard the news about the ESV: the recent update will be the last.  This past summer (2016) the ESV made 52 changes and the publisher and translation oversight committee have declared that it will… Continue reading The “Permanent Text” of the ESV: A Soft Critique (Updated)

Dated Language In The ESV?

  I've been using the ESV for around thirteen years.  I generally like it because there are many strengths in this translation; it often makes good sense of the original languages behind the English.  However, there are also a few weaknesses.  One weakness I've noticed is the fact that some of the language in the… Continue reading Dated Language In The ESV?