How to Choose a Bible Version - revised edition   -     By: Robert L. Thomas
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How to Choose a Bible Version - revised edition

Christian Focus Publications / 2005 / Paperback

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The explosive growth in new Bible translations has given new responsibilities to the person who buys a Bible. How so? - because in the past theologians would discuss, argue, debate and decide on how to translate a biblical text. Now, with all sorts of variations and methods catered for, the decision is taken from the theologian and given to the consumer. Today, the customer in the shop has to provide their own reasoning for deciding which Bible to buy, a responsibility which most are not in a position to accept. Rather than allow the Bible to be what the consumer wants it to be, Robert Thomas has set out to find a way out of this dead end. He teaches us what we need to know in order to assess each bible version and decide on its suitability for the task we want to use it for. This is a book to help us learn the principles we need to know in order to assess the problems and strengths of the many Bible versions that are marketed today.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Christian Focus Publications
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8 8/16 X 5 5/16 X 8/16 (inches)
ISBN: 1845500180
ISBN-13: 9781845500184
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Robert L. Thomas is Professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary, Sun Valley, California.

Editorial Reviews

... 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.
"Scholarly and yet extremely practical"

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