Holman Christian Standard Bible

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  1. Conservative Christian

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    Any opinions on the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)?

    I honestly know virtually nothing about it, and am not looking for any kind of debate.

    I was just wondering if theologically conservative Baptist evangelicals and fundamentalists consider it a reliable translation or not.

    Please give your reasoning and some examples to support your opinion.

    Thank you! :tonofbricks:
     
  2. John of Japan

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    To be honest, I've not bought nor read it yet, though I intend to. But I know one of the editors and I know the translation method, which is called optimal equivalence. The drawback to those like me who are Byzantine/TR/Majority advocates is that the HCSB uses the Nestle/Aland Greek text.

    You will find it to be a conservative and pretty literal translation. You can read it online at: http://hcsb.broadmanholman.com/crossmain.asp
     
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    Is this the same Holman who also has a Broadman-Holman bible? I had one that was a KJV that was made by these two people. It's the only one who makes it in a Super Giant print(18 font size). It isn't filled with a bunch of cross references, but it is pretty good. I especially like the font size.
     
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    "Broadman-Holman" is the name of the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. It is not just some "two people". Just to set the record straight.

    And the HCSB is, as another has also written, a very good translation of Scripture, IMO.

    Ed
     
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    I wish more ESV users would take the time to read from the HCSB . They would discover a neglected gem . It's a shame that it isn't selling more than it is currently . It isn't even oon the shelves of some Christian bookstores !
     
  7. Conservative Christian

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    I think a lot of hardcopy Bible versions aren't selling that well anymore, because all the significant versions are available online, including the HCSB. Thus many Christian bookstores are reluctant to stock recent versions like the HCSB, because they're already stuck with a surplus of the less recent versions.

    Not to mention that a lot of the people who still buy hardcopy Bibles, order them from major online booksellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Christian Book Distributors. Also, those who still shop at walk-in bookstores, get a lot of their Bibles and other Christian books at secular bookdealers like Barnes & Noble.

    Many Christian bookstores in my area have closed over the last several years, a few just recently.
     
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    I've heard really good things about it, but my information is entirely second-hand. I haven't looked at it much, myself. I did look up one passage a long time ago to see how the Holman translated it, and I recall I wasn't impressed enough to run out and get a copy. I don't remember which passage it was, sorry.
     
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    I like it. It's a good, solid translation. As JoJ pointed out, it does use the Nestle-Aland/UBS New Testament text, but the footnotes that indicate the differences, from what I saw, are generally not hostile toward the TR/Byzantine texts the way the NIV is (with "the earliest and best manuscripts do not contain...").
     
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    Whenever a new translation appears, I immediate start looking at a number of doctrinal passages to see what they have done.

    I have gone through several passages in the HCSB and I will gladly recommend it as a reference Bible. And then look at the philosophy of translation. Read the preface.
     

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