Today, a typical Christian bookshop might well stock around fifteen different versions of the Bible in English. The Internet currently offers a list of more than thirty: Why are there so many? Should there be? How do...
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Today, a typical Christian bookshop might well stock around fifteen different versions of the Bible in English. The Internet currently offers a list of more than thirty:
Why are there so many?
Should there be?
How do they differ?
Which Bible should I use?
Some 600 million people now speak English as their first language, and twice that number speak it as their second language.
Christians around the world need Bibles for use in church, for devotional reading, for academic study and for evangelism. Different versions are required for highly literate readers and for young children, for theologians and for those who have never opened a Bible before.
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, Which Bible: 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.
Which Bible? : A Guide to English Translations
David Dewey is Minister, Sutcliff Baptist Church, Olney, Bucks. Features and Reviews Editor for the Baptist Times, 1990-1996. Author of Faith and Common Sense (SU, 2000), The Bible Unwrapped (SU, 2001) and Which Bible: a guide to translations.