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Which Modern Bible translation would you recommend for formal study?

Discussion in 'Conservative Christianity' started by Complete in Thee, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Complete in Thee

    Complete in Thee New Member

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    Which MODERN bible translation would you recommend using for formal study at a Theological college? and why?

    Thank you

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  2. Tom Farebrother

    Tom Farebrother Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If the college doesn’t stipulate a preferred translation, I think the ESV would be a good option. Apart from being essentially literal, in the tradition of the KJV-ASV-RSV, it has a lot of support in terms of different study editions and software etc. Plus it has a smoother reading style than the NASB (also an ‘essentially literal’ translation), with more attention apparently paid to readability, which could be important over a few years of study. The NET bible, which I looked up after seeing quoted it in another thread here, is handy for checking over alternative translations of words and phrases, useful as a backup.
     
  3. FireDragon76

    FireDragon76 De profundis clamavi ad te Supporter

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    RSV or ESV.
     
  4. Complete in Thee

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    Why?
     
  5. FireDragon76

    FireDragon76 De profundis clamavi ad te Supporter

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    The RSV has the best and broadest scholarship behind it. The ESV is more or less the same.
     
  6. Tom Farebrother

    Tom Farebrother Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The ESV is a revision of the RSV, which took into account a lot of complaints about the RSV (gender neutral pronouns was one complaint). The ESV differs around 8% in content from the RSV.
     
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  7. Radagast

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    The ESV is a revision of the RSV that fixes a number of problems and translation errors.

    Because of the similarity to the RSV, a common joke is that "ESV" stands for "Extremely Similar Version."

    The ESV would be the most widely used translation for formal study at conservative theological colleges, I would think. In fact, every conservative theological college I've seen uses the ESV (possibly in conjunction with other versions).

    Are you indeed planning to go to a conservative theological college? Which one?
     
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