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One of the most respected living biblical scholars, Bruce Metzger begins this engaging survey with the earliest translations of the Old and New Testaments before proceeding to English versions dating from the eleventh century to the present. Metzger explores the circumstances under which each translation was produced and offers insight into its underlying objectives, characteristics, and strengths. Having served on a number of modern translation committees, his insights into the evolution of Bible translation flow not only from careful research, but also from personal experience.
Students, pastors, and interested readers will discover the history of the written Word and gain useful insight into which modern translations best serve their own needs.
Part 1: Ancient Versions
1. Ancient Versions of the Old Testament Made for the Use of Jews
2. Ancient Versions Intended Chiefly for Christians
Part 2: English Versions
3. English Bibles before the King James Version
4. The King James Bible
5. Between the King James Bible and the Revised Version
6. The British Revised Version and the American Standard Version
7. Early Modern Speech Versions
8. The Revised Standard Version
9. The Jerusalem Bible
10. The New American Bible
11. The New English Bible
12. The New International Version
13. Jewish Versions
14. Revision after Revision
15. Simplified "Easy-to-Read" Versions
16. Paraphrases of the English Bible
Posted October 19, 2014
Professor Metzger led the translation of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. This is a wonderfully readable overview of the history of the effort to translate the Bible message into English. He describes the wonderful ministry this has been over many centuries. I loved this book and learned a lot from it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.