A User's Guide to Bible Translations: Making the Most of Different Versions  -     By: David Dewey
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Inter-Varsity Press / 2005 / Paperback

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A User's Guide to Bible Translations escorts you through the history of Bible versions in English from Wycliffe and Tyndale to the English Standard Version and Today's New International Version, with explanatory glances at the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, and translation theories along the way. In straightforward language, David Dewey explains how we ended up with so many versions of the Bible, shedding light on the difference between word-for-word and meaning-for-meaning translations, the controversy over gender accuracy, and issues of theological bias.

Dewey also reminds us that it's not enough to ask, "Which Bible is best?" We also must question what purpose the translation will serve, whether for personal study or for reading aloud, as well as what audience the translation will best communicate to, whether for inquirers/seekers or for those who may struggle with the English language. Filled with charts comparing versions and diagrams showing translation difficulties, A User's Guide provides an easy-to-use handbook for digging through the mountain of translation options until you find the right Bible for the right purpose.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0830832734
ISBN-13: 9780830832736
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Publisher's Description

What Bible should you use? KJV. NIV. NASB. NRSV. ESV. TNIV. The Message. NLT. It's never been easier to find a Bible in English. Still, it's never been harder to decide what Bible to use. Formal or conversational? Traditional or inclusive language? Word-for-word, meaning-for-meaning or paraphrase? A User's Guide to Bible Translations escorts you through the history of Bible versions in English from Wycliffe and Tyndale to the English Standard Version and Today's New International Version, with explanatory glances at the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts and brief introductions to translation theories along the way. In straightforward language, David Dewey explains how we ended up with so many versions of the Bible, shedding light on the difference between word-for-word and meaning-for-meaning translations, the controversy over gender accuracy, and issues of theological bias. Dewey also reminds us that it's not enough to ask, Which Bible is best? We need to ask, Best for what? For personal study? For reading aloud? For leading a Bible study for inquirers? For lending to an international student struggling with English? Filled with charts comparing versions and diagrams showing translation difficulties, A User's Guide to Bible Translations is just that--an easy-to-use handbook for digging through the mountain of translation options until you find the right Bible for the right purpose.

Author Bio

David Dewey is minister of Sutcliff Baptist Church. He is the author of and He has served previously as features editor of the British newspaper,

Editorial Reviews

"What makes a Bible translation good? For anyone wondering which Bible version to use, this is the book for you. David Dewey provides a clear, accurate, fair and balanced discussion of English Bible versions available today and the translation theories which lie behind them. This book should be essential reading for anyone who reads and studies the Bible--whether pastor, scholar, student or layperson."

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Beauty of Various Bible Translations
    October 4, 2014
    WyoBibleReader
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had heard that some translations were corrupt, so decided to find a non-bias source to consult. This book is just what I was looking for. The book doesn't recommend any one translation and it gives a brief history of all English translations as well as a background on what translators are confronted with. I have eleven (11) different English translations, from Tyndale's NT to the NIV, And find there are no real differences. I find it rather sad that those who are bias toward one translation over another are going against 2 Timothy 2:14 and are missing the beauty and the message of God's word the Bible, they really need to read this book.
  2. Brooklyn, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book on the modern translations!
    October 19, 2011
    Papo
    Brooklyn, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a book I bought for myself and for others. The chapters on modern translations and how they developed, espcially the pharaphased versions was extremely fascinating and informative. I think you need to know about various version, especially the differences between the Formal equivalence and the Dynamic equivalence. The book doesn't really recommend one version over the other but gives you a ton of information to make your own educated choice. Most people will have more then one translation of the Bible, but again the information in this book will help you understand what the purpose of the particular translation was meant to be. I think this is a kind of book you must have in your personal library because you will find yourself refering to it regularly. Its a great book! I highly recommend it!
  3. AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Clears things up a bit
    September 6, 2011
    Brother JW
    AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Makes it easy to see and understand why we have so many

    different translations. lets you see how a different translations may aid you in studying and understanding.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Inadequate guidance
    May 4, 2011
    Marlowe
    Quality: 1
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Ostensibly this book is a "guide" to the use of bible versions, but in fact it serves mainly to promote the "dynamic equivalence" versions, and leaves the reader with no clear idea of the disadvantages of using such versions.
  5. N.E.Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great companion
    April 7, 2011
    JohnEd
    N.E.Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    I loaded this on my computer and little Mp-3 thingy. With each chapter as a separate track, finding and following the thought is easier. Since this is a 'modern vernacular interpolation' the thought comes across in an understandable way, although I would not call it a 'definitive translation' it is thought provoking and understandable, well worth a read or in this case a listen! Great Job!!!
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