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How to Choose a Bible Version
Revised Edition includes ESV & TNIV
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The explosive growth in new Bible translations has given new concerns to people when they buy a Bible. If scholars disagree on how to translate the original languages how are you to judge? There is now a huge increase in responsibility placed in the hands of the bookstore and consumer. How do you decide which version to use, or when to use it? Robert Thomas helps us find a pathway - he teaches us the principles we need to know in order to assess the problems and strengths of the many Bible versions that are available today and decide their suitability for the tasks we want to use them for.
Robert L. Thomas is Professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary, Sun Valley, California.
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... a book which every pastor and Bible teacher ought to keep for reference. There will be times when it is necessary to offer guidance to others, as well as to choose for oneself, and no other book is as clear and as useful as this one in helping us to decide which version to choose.
Buying a Bible was simple years ago when the choices were basically the size of the print, the colour of the cover, and the type of binding. Now you find aisles of choice!
The author, himself a participant in Bible translation, provides guidelines in five areas: historical backgrounds of English translations, textual bases, methodological techniques, theological biases, and varieties of English used.
This is a great resource for the layperson, student, pastor, or teacher.
Subtitled 'Making sense of the proliferation of translations' this lucidly written book is a useful guide through the labyrinth of texts, translation philosophies, theological bias and other factors that bear on translating the Bible... practical in purpose and very easily read.
Thomas has done us all a favor by penning a simple and readable guide.
David W Hegg, Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Santa Clarita, California
"Scholarly and yet extremely practical"
John MacArthur, President, The Masterís University and Seminary and Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California
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