Choosing a Bible: Understanding Bible Translation by Leland Ryken

By Leland Ryken

Of the numerous Bible translations to be had this present day, are a few greater than others? if this is the case, what standards do we use to figure out what makes an excellent translation? Leland Ryken introduces readers to the crucial matters during this debate and provides numerous explanation why basically literal—word-for-word—translations are improved to dynamic equivalent—thought-for-thought—translations. You don’t need to be a Bible student to acknowledge the necessity for a top quality Bible translation. all of us need to know that the Bible we learn, examine, and memorize is devoted to the unique. Dr. Ryken tackles this factor and breaks it down during this concise, logical, and simple booklet, giving readers a invaluable device for choosing a Bible translation.

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Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, “We Really Do Need Another Bible Translation,” Christianity Today, October 22, 2001: 29. 6. Jan de Waard and Eugene A. Nida, From One Language to Another: Functional Equivalence in Bible Translating (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1986), 39. 7. Incidentally, three times during the sermon this preacher invoked the familiar formula, “Now what the original really says is . ” as he needed to correct his dynamic equivalent translation, whereas if he had been using a literal translation he would not have needed to invoke this formula at all.

The question is: Is the meaning of every word in Greek or Hebrew represented in the English translation, or just left out? In dynamic equivalent translations, much meaning is left out. In essentially literal translations, sometimes the meaning of a Greek word is just represented by a question mark or a comma in English, but the meaning is still represented. Sometimes one word is translated by two or three English words, sometimes two or three Greek words are translated by one English word, but in every case the meaning of every word in the original is represented by the translation.

The upper-left represents more literal translation, and the bottom-right represents less literal translation.

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