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Translations of the Bible

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Lesson

Are the translations of the Bible reliable? Do they faithfully convey the meaning of the Greek? Why are they different and do they disagree on the essentials of the Christian faith?

Outline

I. HISTORY OF ENGLISH BIBLES

A. Prior to the KJV

B. KJV (1611) and NKJV

II. MODERN TRANSLATIONS

A. Formal equivalent (ASV – NASB, RSV – NRSV, ESV)

B. Dynamic equivalence (LB – NLT)

C. Optimal equivalence (NIV, CSB, NAB, CEB)

III. DIFFERENCES ILLUSTRATED

A. Luke 1:1–4

B. All basically agree

IV. CONCLUSION

A. Remember how similar all translations are, despite their covers

B. Sufficiency and clarity of Scripture for all things necessary for salvation and Christian living

C. No translation is 100% formal, optimal, or dynamic

D. Inclusive language often sheds more heat than light