The KJV and Orthodoxy(!?)

(This is a repost from November 2014)Unfortunately, some Christians view Bible translation as a litmus test of orthodoxy.  Probably the most notable example is the KJV-Only view.  Years ago I met a person who doubted someone could “get saved” by using any translation but the KJV. This person also believed that the best and most… Continue reading The KJV and Orthodoxy(!?)

Figures of Speech in the Bible (Bullinger)

 The text of Scripture, like other texts and writings, contains many figures of speech.  The Bible is not a textbook or manual that uses wooden propositions that are always literal and bland.  When you read recipes or the instructions for your daughter's new bike, you're not going to find many figures of speech.  You'll just… Continue reading Figures of Speech in the Bible (Bullinger)

The New Living Translation

  (This is a slightly edited repost from June 2010) Along with quite a few other translations of the Bible, I've been using the New Living Translation for over ten years now.  Though it is not necessarily my favorite translation, and though I've seen some weaknesses in the translation, there are certain aspects of it I appreciate.  For example, I like… Continue reading The New Living Translation

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)

He Gives to His Beloved, Sleep (NET)

 As I've mentioned here before, the NET Bible has been a helpful resource in my Bible studies.  Even though I might not agree with every single translation choice or footnote wording, the NET Bible is one that I use daily.  I especially like the translators' notes which explain why they chose the translation they did.… Continue reading He Gives to His Beloved, Sleep (NET)