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Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament Paperback – April 29, 2003
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The author must be credited for his boldness in tackling this volatile subject with such an objective approach, as he adds up the score card of accuracy (plus points) and bias (minus points) on 9 very popular New Testament translations.
If your favorite is in here (mine is), you will be challenged by the information in this book. But also, hopefully, inspired to dig deeper, think harder, pray more, and search ever more diligently, as you evaluate those cherished beliefs which are based on your favorite Bible translation. There are winners (two very surprising translations stand out from the rest) and losers (again, two others are rated so low that the author contends they shouldn't be called "Bibles" at all, but labeled as "Commentaries"), but absolutely none remain unscathed by Beduhn's burning textual spotlight.
The author is detailed and specific - nothing vague or nebulous about his approach. The Greek original is shown (in "interlinear" English), and the 9 are lined up for comparison. The criteria and conclusions are explained in detail, in layman's terminology that is easy to follow (in just a very few places the book lapses into technical jargon that I had to struggle with). The author must be credited with bringing us non-Greek-speaking Bible adherents one step closer to the Greek manuscripts upon which all modern New Testament translations are based.Read more ›
Of course, many will be disappointed by BeDunh because he proves that many of the famous Bible versions are inaccurate and mislead their readers. But face the facts! What matters is not what translators say but what Bible says!
He produces example after example of obvious doctrinal bias on the part of Bible translators who introduce into their translations teachings that are not taught, or even implied in the Greek text. He compares eight major English translations: The New Revised Standard Version, the New International Version, the New American Bible (Catholic), The Amplified Bible (an "expanded" version), the New American Standard Bible, the Living Bible (a paraphrase version), Today's English Version (AKA "The Good News Bible"), and the New World Translation (produced by Jehovah's Witnesses). To these eight Bible translations, we must add a ninth: the much revered King James Version.
None are exempt from BeDuhn's careful criticism. Several translations are heavily influenced by popular theology, with their translators apparently wanting to create support their personal doctrinal viewpoints even when there was no support from the Greek text. In many cases, it is shown that the translators understood the basic principles of translating Greek, but they often violated their own rules of grammar when important texts didn't say what the translator wanted them to say.
Two versions stand out as being the most honest, with the least amount of doctrinal bias influencing their translations. Which ones are they? (Sorry, I don't want to spoil anything by revealing the answer here). But the answer may surprise you.
Personally, I loved this book. I devoured it quickly, enjoying every delicious morsel. I learned much, reaffirmed much.Read more ›
In the book nine major English N.T. translations are examined. They are the:
King James Version
New Revised Standard Version
New International Version
New American Bible
New American Standard Bible
Today's English Version
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.
BeDuhn grades them on accuracy based on how they handled nine key verses or translation issues. BeDuhn chose these points because these are really important points to many people and it it at important points that bias tends to creep into the picture. The nine key chapters are:
Bowing to Bias: Which is more accurate "bow" or "worship" at Mattthew 28:9 and related verses?
Grasping at Accuracy: Did Jesus not "exploit" his equality with God or did he not "grasp" for equality with God at Phillipians 2:6?
When is a Man Not a Man?: This chapter deals with gender bias issues.
Probing the Implicit Meaning: Should words be added to translated text of Colossians 1:15-20 to clarify the Greek meaning?
Words Together and Apart: Should Titus 2:13 be translated to read that Jesus and God are the same or should they be differentiated?
An Uncertain Throne: Which is the least biased translation of Hebrews 1:8. "Your throne O God" or "God is your throne"?
Tampering with Tenses: What is the correct tense to use in the English translation of John 8:58.
And the Word Was ... What?Read more ›
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Scholarship is excellent, lived up to my expectation. Would recommend to any Bible student, and those interested in honest evaluation of Bible translations.Published 1 month ago by mhvmh
Excellent, excellent, outstanding book. What I believe to be very rational reasoning..Published 2 months ago by Michael Calderon
Great publication - excellent writer: he actually makes reading about translation interesting. Some might not like the fact that he finds mistakes and bias in some very popular... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent! Must read by anyone wanting to get a good understanding of bible translation and how to choose a good translation for better understanding.Published 5 months ago by Alex
The book came in very good condition - haven't finished the book yet.Published 6 months ago by Adams Bible Studies
This was a really good book. The author examines various passages in the New Testament in each chapter. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Heimdal
Here is an un-biased analysis of the seven top bibles. No matter what your particular faith is, you NEED this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Gives a very well researched and unbiased view of a number of translations that are commonly used. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Vaughn W.