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The Complete Guide to Bible Translations: *How They Were Developed *Understanding Their Differences *Finding the Right One for You Paperback – March 1, 2009
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About the Author
Ron Rhodes, president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, is heard regularly on nationwide radio and is the author of Bite-Size Bible Answers, Bite-Size Bible Definitions, Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses and 5-Minute Apologetics for Today. He holds ThM and ThD degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and teaches there and at several other seminaries.
Top customer reviews
The variety of available Bible translations can be overwhelming to a consumer and this book does a good job of sorting out the difference. The level of information may be confusing to someone new to the Bible, but for anyone with a little familiarity with Christianity this book will be particularly useful.
For someone looking for their first Bible, the much shorter "Which Translation of the Bible Should I Use" by J. Jenkins Which Translation of the Bible Should I Use? (Moments that Matter) might be a gentler introduction, as it only deals with a handful of the most commonly used translations.
I find this book useful, and have referred back to it several times since reading it. Dr. Rhodes takes a balanced, intellectually honest approach to the different translations, and I appreciated his perspective. Others have written reviews about his approach to the different translations, but what I think makes this book worth the price is the introductory material.
The first three chapters cover:
1) The Difficulty of Bible Translation
2) Theories of Bible Translation
3) The Debate over Gender-Inclusive Language
These are not in-depth chapters intended for scholars; these chapters give the layperson a high level understanding of the issues and difficulties involved. Even if you are interested in a translation not covered by this book, the material in these chapters will be useful in helping you discern whether a given translation is "for you".
I would recommend this book to someone who is seriously contemplating whether to use a given translation, and I would also recommend it to lay leaders and teachers who could benefit from being familiar (at least on a high level) with a range of English language translations that are in wide circulation today.
Ron Rhodes writes from a Protestant Evangelical point of view which is probably a good thing for a book like this since P/E's are the people most likely to be Bible shopping.
This book is not intended to be an exhaustive treatment of the subject, either, given its length.
There are a few generalizations with which I could quibble. Rhodes doesn't seem to realize that Episcopalians (Anglicans), not only Roman Catholics, use passages from some OT Apocryphal books in liturgical readings.
As well, Rhodes leaves unconsidered a few modern English translations.
This is an easy read and, as others have said, belongs in every church library.
Most recent customer reviews
Decribes each translation in a totally neutral way. It is a valuable book to seek the best version of the bible.