Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation  -     Edited By: J.I. Packer
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Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation

Edited By: J.I. Packer
Crossway / 2006 / Paperback

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In an age when there is a wide choice of English Bible translations, the issues involved in Bible translating are steadily gaining interest. Consumers often wonder what separates one Bible version from another.
The contributors to this book argue that there are significant differences between literal translations and the alternatives. The task of those who employ an essentially literal Bible translation philosophy is to produce a translation that remains faithful to the original languages, preserving as much of the original form and meaning as possible while still communicating effectively and clearly in the receptors' languages.
Translating Truth advocates essentially literal Bible translation and purposes to foster an edifying dialogue concerning translation philosophy. It addresses what constitutes "good" translation, common myths about word-for-word translations, and the importance of preserving the authenticity of the Bible text. The essays in this book offer clear and enlightening insights into the foundational ideas of essentially literal Bible translation.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 157
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1581347553
ISBN-13: 9781581347555
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This book, by five translators of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible, explains the differences between essentially literal translations and the alternatives.

Author Bio

C. John Collins (PhD, University of Liverpool) is professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, Missouri. With degrees from MIT and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, he pursues such research interests as Hebrew and Greek grammar, science and faith, and biblical theology. He is the author of The God of MiraclesDid Adam and Eve Really Exist?, and Science and Faith.

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, Politics—According to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.

Vern S. Poythress is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he has taught for over three decades. He has six earned degrees, including a PhD from Harvard University and a ThD from the University of Stellenbosch. He is the author of numerous books on a variety of topics, including biblical interpretation, language, and science.

Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for over 43 years. He has authored or edited over fifty books, including The Word of God in English and The Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society and served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible.

BRUCE WINTER is Warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England. He was a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version Bible. 

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

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With a discussion format, Translating Truth helps greatly with one of today’s problems: wading through all the Bible versions which continue to be produced, and deciding which ones are best. The publisher introduces the theme by saying, “The words of the Bible are the very words of God, and so the work of translating these words is of utmost importance, with eternal consequences.” (page 7)
The translations are divided into three categories: (1) word-for-word or essentially literal; (2) thought-for-thought or dynamic equivalent; (3) exposition-for-text or expanded paraphrase. Firmly on the side of essentially literal, several authors consider why this is best discussing such themes as: are only some words of Scripture breathed by God; what readers want and what translators can give; considering different types of translators; truth and fullness of meaning; revelation versus rhetoric. The essayists include theology professors, Christian authors, and Christian historians. More than 20 translations are referred to within. Several chapters end with helpful bibliographies. Closing materials include a general index and a Scripture index.
Translating Truth is an interesting book which whets the appetite for more information on this subject. It engenders thought, debate, and a desire to read and learn from the Bible. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 14, 2010
    Ben
    This book is actually a collection of five essays produced by five authors who oversaw the translation of the ESV. The first thing to note, is that, as a defense for "essentially literal" translations, this book is strongly biased towards them, and especially towards the ESV. However, looking past the bias, the arguments set forth are excellent, often looking in depth at many passages of scripture, from various translations to back them up. One thing to note before buying however, is that despite it's short length, and relatively large type (what would normally make for an easy read) some parts of the articles get very technical. So even though it's not long, be prepared for a lot of depth.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 8, 2008
    Alan A Lyon
    I liked this book a lot. I have used KJV,NKJV,NLT and several others over the years. Most recently I've been using the NLT but was thinking about going back to a literal translation. I selected the ESV and so this book was very helpful in recognizing the difference between a dynamic translation NLT vs a literal. The book brought out many things I hadn't thought of before. Also the authors have great credentials and were involved with the ESV translation. This gives me a better feel for it as well.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 2, 2006
    David R. Bess
    This book makes the best case I have read to-date for essentially literal (formal equivalence) Bible translation. These scholars lean in favor of the ESV, which is understandable since they were a part of the ESV translation team. If you've used the NIV for many years (as I have), and would like another perspective as to why it might not be the best choice for accuracy and readability, then get this book. You won't be disappointed with the food for thought provided.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 14, 2006
    Christian Book Previews.com
    With a discussion format, Translating Truth helps greatly with one of todays problems: wading through all the Bible versions which continue to be produced, and deciding which ones are best. The publisher introduces the theme by saying, The words of the Bible are the very words of God, and so the work of translating these words is of utmost importance, with eternal consequences. (page 7) The translations are divided into three categories: (1) word-for-word or essentially literal; (2) thought-for-thought or dynamic equivalent; (3) exposition-for-text or expanded paraphrase. Firmly on the side of essentially literal, several authors consider why this is best discussing such themes as: are only some words of Scripture breathed by God; what readers want and what translators can give; considering different types of translators; truth and fullness of meaning; revelation versus rhetoric. The essayists include theology professors, Christian authors, and Christian historians. More than 20 translations are referred to within. Several chapters end with helpful bibliographies. Closing materials include a general index and a Scripture index. Translating Truth is an interesting book which whets the appetite for more information on this subject. It engenders thought, debate, and a desire to read and learn from the Bible. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
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