Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bible Translations

This chart, as well as others, are available in several web sites over the internet.  This  is a simplified graph showing the spectrum of the ease of reading of a particular translation.  For example, the popular NIV- New International Version, is somewhere in the middle with regard to ease of reading level and  undertsanding.  The NKJV - New King James Version, is a bit more literal and is written in somewhat of a higher reading level. Nevertheless, this NKJV is an easy to understand version as well,  The Message and Living bible versions are easy to read and understand, and are very good options for those who seek to understand the meaning of the bible. These versions are somewhat like a novelization of the bible text.

 Difficult to read versions such as the Old King James - though very well written, do a disservice to the modern reader.  The antique language is difficult for many in this day to understand on their own and makes it prohibitive for many to understand the truths of the bible.  Having known many readers of the KJV, who do not even understand the meaning of what they read- indicates that this is not the best translation for those who really seek to know God's word.  What is the point of a bible after all if you can not even undertsand it?  For those new to the bible or for those who have a difficult to read translation such as the King James Version,  who wish to read the bible and actually understand it, I would suggest one of the bible versions starting with the middle or right side of the spectrum.  Another point to keep in mind when faced with all the bible selections in the bookstore, is to take a look at the font size.  Many "gift" bibles are sealed in plastic wrap, have such a tiny font making it difficult to read.  Consider the text/ font size as well when choosing a bible.

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