A Dumbed-Down Version ?

Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by Rippon, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. Rippon

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    It's popular among some ( many? ) proponents of the more formally-eqivalent versions to denigrate translations such as the NLTse . They categorize it with paraphrases which we all know can't be any good . Pejorative labels are attached such as dumbed-down .

    Well , I'm here to straighten you all out on this one . The NLTse is not its distant relative -- the Living Translation . You know , around the early 70's the LT had the tell-tale green bindings ?

    The NLTse is a legitimate translation . It is not a paraphrase . And the scholars who worked on it were top-notch .

    Just because it is more functionally-equivalent than the NASBU , ESV , and NKJ does not mean it does not carry around some considerable weight of its own .

    The Revised English Bible is in the same F-E range as the NLTse but it uses some highfalutin words at times . It's not a dumbed-down version . And I'm here to tell you varmits ( Sorry , I'm in a Festus-like mood ) that the NLTse has its share of bigger words . It's not to be confused with the NIrV ( which I love also ) . So you best be puttin' on your specs and take a gander at a few NLTse words I found recently when I was in a look-see type of mood . Oh I know the words are easier than the ones Bill Buckley uses . They are understandable -- but they will disabuse anyone with a fair mindset that this version is for young kiddies . But there will be some of you who will tell me their 7 year old niece could not only spell all of these words but give the meaning also . Well , more power to her . But the average preteen wouldn't know them .

    In no particular order :

    obliterate , siege , notorious , charioteers , hordes , extortion , forfeited , gloat , pestilence , brandished ,desecration , exquiste , perverse , anguished , distressed , scurry , banished , forging , winnowing , groundless , simpletons , abolish , plundered , carasses , promiscuous , temperment , consoling , flogged , commemorate , appease , slaughtered , concubine , flagrant , propositioned , scrawny , scrutinized , embalm , billowed , devious , rampant , stench , retorted , scorching , procession , withered , defiance , consume , haughty , tormented , consecrate , awl , expertise , flanked , indulged , revelry , notorious .
     
  2. TCGreek

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    I often consult the NLTse, and I gladly commend it to others. :thumbs:
     
  3. Armchair Scholar

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    I sometimes use the NLT in Bible study with the NKJV and KJV.
     
  4. robycop3

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    SOME folx confuse "dumbed down" with "modern".
     
  5. mcdirector

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    Consider it done ;)
     
  6. Magnetic Poles

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    Actually, the green covers from the 70s was not the LT, but The Living Bible, itself a paraphrase. The LT was a later version, and an actual translation IIRC.
     
  7. webdog

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    I'm waiting on my NLTse to arrive any day. I'm really looking forward to it, as I liked the NLT '96.
     
  8. Rippon

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    You're right MP . I posted that carelessly .
     
  9. Deacon

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    I purchased an inexpensive NTL today after checking out the books at Borders.
    (a striking leather-like red cover with a black stripe).

    It's just a little too small a print for my everyday use

    And I broke my rule not to purchase a "red-letter edition' :laugh:

    But the price was right.

    Rob
     
  10. Magnetic Poles

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    Nah, I'm just so old I remember stuff from a long time ago! :wavey:
     

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