List of Bible Versions

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  1. Gayla

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    I'd like a list of the Bible Version Names with the corresponding initials/abbreviations. Sometimes I don't know what they are referring to.


    KJV=King James Version
    KJB=King James Bible
    AV=Authorized Version
    KNJV=New King James Version
    NIV=New International Version



    And there are plenty y'all can and will add . . .:wavey:
     
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    RSV = Revised Standard Version
    ASV = American Standard Version
    NASB = New American Standard Bible
    NLT = New Living Translation
    NIrV = New International Readers Version
    NET = New English Translation
     
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    DARBY= Darby Translation - this, according to "Bible Gateway"

    Guess some of the "Bible people" were afraid someone would get 'missed', if they abbreviated it.:tonofbricks: :laugh: :laugh:

    Ed
     
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  5. Gayla

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    OK

    Salty,
    Why do you preach out of the Teachout version?
     
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    You are getting most of the more common ones. I have not found a single comprehensive list (so I'm making my own). The 'list' is complicated by several issues: 1) many uncommon versions do not have an 'official' acronym; 2) some common versions have more than one acronym {NAS, NASB, NASB are all used for the New American Standard Version/Bible}; 3) some versions have similar names which result in a similar acronym {the New American Bible is a Catholic version that uses NAB which very similar to NASB}; and 4) some versions have similar names which result in the exact same acronym {besides the New English Translation, there is the New Evangelical Translation, both use NET}. Some Bible texts are marketed under multiple titles, also.

    AAT = An American Translation (NT by Goodspeed, OT by Smith)
    ALT = Anylitical-Literal Version
    AMP= Amplified Version
    BBE = Bible in Basic English
    BWE = Bible in Worldwide English (by Cressman)
    CCB = Christian Community Bible (Catholic)
    CEV = Contemporary English Version
    CLV = Concordant Literal Version
    CWB = Clear Word Bible (a SDA version)
    EMTV = English Majority Text Version
    ESV = English Standard Version (easily confused with ERV/RV = Eng. Revised Version)
    HCSB = Holman Christian Standard Bible
    IV = Inspired Version (a LDS version, a.k.a. Joseph Smith Version)
    ISV = International Standard Version (OT still being finished)
    JPS = Jewish Pub. Society (Hebrew Tanakh only, several versions)
    KJ3 = King James 3 (by Jay P. Green, Sr.)
    LITV = Literal Version (also by Jay P. Green, a.k.a. KJ2)
    LVP = The Living Bible, Paraphrased (also just LV)
    MES = The Message (a paraphrase, also TM sometimes)
    MLB = Modern Language Bible (a.k.a. New Berkley Version)
    NCV = New Century Version (a.k.a. English Version for Deaf; and ICB = Int'l Children's Bible)
    NEB = New English Version
    NJB = New Jerusalem Bible (Catholic)
    NLV = New Life Version
    NWT = New World Translation (a JW version)
    REB = Revised English Bible (the revision of the NEB)
    TEV = Today's English Version (a.k.a. GNT = Good News Translation)
    WEB = World English Bible
    YLT = Young's Literal Translation

    Many are better known just by the primary translator/editor's name: Barclay, Beck, Knox, Moffatt, Montgomery, Lamsa, Phillips, Rotherham, Weymouth, Weust, C.B. Williams, Worrell, Wesley. There are many more.
     
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    From time to time I will purposely misquote a verse. For example I may read Philippians 3:1 as "Finally, my brethren, complain in the Lord..." I will wait a moment to see the reaction. Then I will say "Oops I'm sorry, I read out of the Teachout Version, lets see what the King James says "Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord..." I will continue "Oh, so we are not suppose to complain but rather rejoice!"

    Thoughts

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    I do that all the time. It is very effective, especially with the folks that we work with. Makes them think! (Also makes them wonder about the preacher from time to time!)
     
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    1798 N. T. by Nathaniel Scarlett
    1842 revision of KJV [the sixth edition in 1847 had Baptist Bible on binding]
    1866 American Bible Union Version
    1912 Improved Edition by American Baptist Publication Soceity
    1973 Chester Estes' Better Version

    [the ones above were also sometimes called Immersionist Versions]

    1833 Webster's Bible [1833 revision of KJV by Noah Webster]
    1853 Issac Leeser's O. T.
    Rotherham's The Emphasized Bible
    1916 Alexandar Harkavy's O. T.
    1933 English translation of Syriac Peshitta by George Lamsa
    1967 New Scofield Reference Bible NSRB
    1985 Tanakh by Jewish Publication Soceity
    Modern King James Version MKJV
    1994 21st Century King James Version KJ21
    1998 Third Millennium Bible TMB also called New Authorized Version NAV
    2000 The King James 2000 Version KJ2000
     
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    Easily confused with the NIV //the Newly Inspired Version :tongue3: [New International Version]
    and it's sister, the TNIV [Today's New International Version]

    Rob
     
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    RE: Bible Versions

    GNB= Good News Bible


    As far as I know, no one has listed this version, yet.
     
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    KJV, KJB and AV are all referring to the same thing. It is usually known as the "Authorised Version" here.

    NRSV=New Revised Standard Version

    RAV=Revised Authorised Version, the British edition of the NKJV. Sadly, it is no longer in print, so Brits put up with "rooster", "honor", "Savior", "color", and the rest. I imagine Americans who use the AV/KJV have long grown used to the same thing in reverse :)
     
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    I have begun using the NKJV here and do wish the RAV was still in print to avoid those spellings, especially when posting verses on a screen.

    Fortunately on the American side there are American editions of the KJV which use US spellings.
     
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    GNB, aka TEV! :confused:

    Seriously, some of these intitials are not uniformly accepted, as different initials are used by some for the same version. The above Good News Bible (GNB) is/was also known as Today's English Version (TEV), and at least when only the NT had been printed, had the title of "Good News for Modern Man" on the cover.

    The ancient Wyclif (or Wyclifffe) translation is know as the WYC, and on the site given below as TWT.

    The Modern Language Bible (MLB) or the New Berkeley Version (NBV), is another similar example of this phenomena.

    This link that another gave can well show some other examples of these, as well.

    http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/scriptures/

    For the most part, while some abbreviations are fairly easily discerniable, some are far less so, and can be somewhat confusing, especially when there is no standard, except for arbitrary usage [Darby Translation =DARBY or DHB (Incidentally, not all the work in the latest version was actually finished by Darby, as he died before completion of the finished (newly edited) product)]. And there is little way, as well, to distinguish between various editions, especially when there are multiple editions of the same basic version, around. The two best examples of this are the KJV in its multiple incarnations, and the NASB, which has been copyrighted some 8 times, with each representing some slight bit of change in something.

    Unless one actually knows what edition they have in hand, how could one know whether one's KJV is a 1762 Cambridge, 1769 Oxford, or some other slight variance of any of the other KJVs published. The version is in the "public domain" in the USA, so one is not required to give this specific information when printing a copy.

    Hope some of this now has everyone thoroughly befuddled and confused! :BangHead: :laugh: :laugh:

    Ed
     
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    Fortunately (or unfortunately, take your pick) the NKJV per se, has been copyrighted many fewer times than have some, so the words, both in the text and in the notes, should be more likely the same in about every copy one can lay his or her hands upon. :thumbs:

    Contrast this with the KJVs :confused: and NASBs :confused: as I previously posted above. :type:

    Ed
     
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