In discussions involving the issue of Bible translations, many seem to use the term "the final authority" without defining or explaining clearly what it means. Perhaps it would be helpful to consider a definition or description of the final authority. The final authority would be the ultimate authority beyond which there is no other. The final authority would have primacy, pre-eminence, predominance, and power over all other authorities. The final authority would be the foremost [ahead of all others in authority or position]. The final authority would be unalterable and absolute. The final authority would be underived, not deriving or obtaining its authority from earlier authorities. The final authority would be the first and foremost cause, not an effect or consequence. If not before time, the final authority would be first in time, first or fundamental in order, and first or foremost in authority. Would the above statements all be true concerning a proper use or true sense of the term "the final authority?" Do you have any other suggestions for a better definition or description of "the final authority?"