Differences Between Bible Versionsby Gary F. Zeolla
The subject of Bible versions can get very controversial among Christians, with sometimes rather heated feelings on all sides. There are those who say the King James Version is the only reliable version and that all other versions are "perversions." Then there are others who say it doesn't matter which Bible versions one uses, that they are all reliable in their own right.
This book takes a middle approach. It disagrees with the KJV-only advocates in recognizing there are some modern Bible versions that are just as, if not more reliable than the KJV. But this book also recognizes that there are significant differences between Bible versions and that not all versions are reliable.
Specifically, this book has three main standards when it comes to Bible versions:
- The Hebrew and Greek texts should be translated as word for word as possible.
- The translation should be as readable as possible, but without sacrificing accuracy.
- The NT should be translated from the Textus Receptus or Majority Greek Text, rather than the more popular Critical Text.
The material in this book is written as simply as possible so that the average layperson can understand the arguments. But appeal is made to the Hebrew and Greek texts as needed. And most of all, the heated rhetoric often seen in this debate is absent from this book. The material is presented in as straightforward and balanced manner as possible.
So if you find yourself caught in the middle of the Bible versions controversy, not sure which Bible version to use or why, or you simply want to understand the reasons for the differences between Bible versions, then this book is for you!
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Simple, well researched, and to the point, it cleared up many things about the bible version issue for me. Most appreciated is the author's humble , helpful, and objectionable approach.