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Discussion in 'Bible Versions/Translations' started by kubel, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. kubel

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    Someone borrowed my Old Scofield KJV and lost it, and I was considering replacing it with another translation. I'm wondering what you all would recommend for someone coming from a KJV background like me (I would probably like something more literal than dynamic).

    Thanks for all your suggestions!
     
  2. Jack Matthews

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    The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) is a scholarly translation that is high up on the accuracy scale. It is, like the KJV, sometimes difficult to read because it uses formal English, though I think there are "Americanized" versions available. The Oxford Study Bible edition is one of the most helpful tools I've ever used in terms of understanding the nuances of translation and as a teaching tool. Considering the availability of earlier manuscripts for translation, and the size and scope of the translation committee, I'd say it is a better translation than other modern versions, and certainly a major improvement over the KJV in terms of updated language and better manuscript availability.
     
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    To my mind there is nothing better than the NKJV for someone from a KJV background.
     
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    One of my most recent Bibles, which in now a favourite is NKJV. It is the Baptist Study Edition :

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0785258388/?tag=baptis04-20

    My husband kept borrowing it during our quiet times so I bought him a copy of his own.

    Blessings

    followinghim
     
  5. Keith M

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    Yeah, what he said! :thumbs:

    Seriously, unless you are looking to break away from the KJV tradition, then the NKJV would probably be best for you. If you are looking to break away from the KJV tradition entirely then you may want to try the NASB. Both are good translations, and they are both known for their literalness.
     
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    I would also consider the replica AV 1611 for a study Bible. But I agree with the others that the NKJV is best for someone coming from a KJV background.
     
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    I would not recommend the NRSV. Since you want to stay with the KJV family of mss, go with the NKJV. It's the best translation of that family of mss.
     
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    This originially came out as The Believer's Study Bible. I've been using it for years. The notes are (mostly) great.
     
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    Check out the ESV. It is not too different from the KJV and yet it will open your understanding as you read it.

    I bought a paperback copy of the ESV NT in a Christian bookstore for a dollar just to read through it and see if I liked it. I do like it enough that I bought the entire Bible in the ESV and am making that my 'reading through the Bible' version this year.
     
  11. Deacon

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    I'll second that suggestion.

    I've found that language style of the ESV is quite like the KJV/NKJV in many passages.

    And although it doesn't follow the Majority Greek text, IMHO, it has included a greater number of Byzantine readings in its main text than the RSV/NRSV or the NASB.

    Give it a try.

    Rob
     
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    I will second the recommendation for the NKJV in the Baptist Study Edition. I have one and it is a fine translation with reliable notes. They were hard to find for a while, but Lifeway seems to have republished it (or bought them all up) as our local Lifeway stores have stacks of fresh ones in stock. Bruce
     
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    Personally I can't understand wanting anything BUT another KJV. But these other guys could probably steer you in the direction you seem to want to go.

    (There goes that AV1611jim guy again....roll eyes)
     
  14. kubel

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    Thanks for all the suggestions! Keep em coming. :type:
     
  15. Amy.G

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    How about a New Scofield NKJV? That's what I use. My pastor preaches from the KJV and I have no trouble following along. They are almost identical except the NKJV is in updated language. :)
     
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    I grew up in a SBC and I have been taught form the KJV and because of that I try to go with the NKJV, and I try to compare translations anyway.

    May GOD bless you........:godisgood:
     
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    I too was a hard core "Scofield KJV" man. I studied Scofield's doctrine (hyper dispensationalism) and his abandoning his wife and family and the more I read his notes the more I realized he wasn't no Baptist!! I was also growing tired of what is essentially 16th century England English and I'm a 21st century American.

    I searhed and studied and ended up with the ESV Reformation Study Bible. I compared it - and still do - to the KJV and find it a clearer and better translation. It is REALLY good. Another great study Bible is the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible.

    KJV, NKJV, ESV , NASB 1995, HCSB are all good translations
     
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    SIMPLE explanation!

    A.) It's in OUR language.

    B.) We're not stuck in the mud with just one version.

    However, if ya DO prefer a KJV...

    Heirloom Publications makes a large 'table model' that's great for someone as I who has trouble reading small print. It also includes many, MANY study helps, concordance, maps, etc. To me it's one of the best KJV study versions around.
     
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    American Standard is known for literalness, but is a tad ruff on the reading. New American Standard Bible smoothed out the ruff edges and kept the accuracy.

    ASV is online (e-sword and others) if you want a test drive.

    http://www.e-sword.net
     
  20. Lagardo

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    For a literal translation, the NASB is great. However, since you are coming from a KJV background, be aware that the NASB is going to be from a different family of mss.
     

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