Your Ideal Parallel Bible?

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  1. Marcia

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    If you could design your ideal parallel Bible that would include 4 English versions/translations side by side, which ones would you choose? This is not necessarily asking which 4 are your favorite, but which you would like to see next to each other, or which are most beneficial. And why?

    I am not even sure which ones I would pick, but I think 2 of them would be NASB and NKJV.
     
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    The one i own I don't think can be beat..
    It has the 1873 KJV, NIV, NLT, NASB

    I wanted one with KJV, because that is what I preach from... it is paragraph style, and has the footnotes from the 1611, that most other KJVs omit.

    I also wanted the NIV, because so many use it.
    I use the NLT for my personal devotions,
    and of course the NASB for more technical studies.
     
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    I think they are a great start. NASB is one of the best for study NKJV great for memorization as it will be familiar with most people.

    I might add the Message for a good paraphrase. (I don't use any paraphrase in preaching and teaching but it can be helpful in person devotions)

    Finally, I would use the CSB because it is used in most the SBC literature now-a-days. (I like the CSB too)
     
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    NASB, NRSV, KJV, NIV

    NASB-most literal

    NRSV- gender inclusive (not my preference, to use for comparison), used in more mainline churches

    KJV- traditional

    NIV- dynamic equivalence, widespread
     
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    I would like CEV (Contemporary English Version), Amplified and KJV in mine.
     
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    my ideal Bible's at unbound.biola.edu

    not only can i have a variety of English Bible choices for its 4 parallel columns, but i can get Gk, Heb, Chinese (either simplified/trad; either CUV/TCV), n other translations.

    top that, woohoo! :tongue3:
     
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    TNIV , NLT , HCS , and REB .
     
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    Or , the NRSV , NET , ISV . That's only three , but I would still appreciate it .
     
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    KJV/NASB/NIV/???

    The KJV, because it's traditional.

    The NASB, representing the more literal school of translation.

    The NIV, representing the more "readable" school of translation (thus contrasting it with the NASB), plus it's currently the most popular with evangelicals.

    Not sure about my fourth choice. Probably the NRSV as a good, literary representive of the newest translations in addition to being popular with mainline churches.

    On the downside, 3/4 of my choices are part of the Tyndale/KJV family. Too bad there aren't more good and influential translations outside of that family tree - most of them seem to be for a specific purpose, usually a Bible for people whose English is weak, such as children or those for whom it is a second language.
     
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    Geneva/KJV/NKJV/NASB95

    Geneva & KJV for their tradition.

    NKJV for its modernization of KJV language.

    NASB95 for its accuracy.
     
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    KJV - because of its tradition and its still a great translation, though garmmar and words have changed in 400 years and there have been new manuscript discoveries since its translation

    HCSB - updated version from Texus Receptus and many Baptist translators were involved.

    LITV - most literal of all translations but can be a bit cumbersome and there was essentially only one main translator

    ESV - very easy to read but still literal translation, becoming my favorite. It is amazingly close to the NKJV and the KJV for that matter but it reads a flows so much better because of grammar and updating of archaic words. It is fast becoming my favorite for study and everyday reading.
     
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    If you add NLT, you would have my Bible. See my post on page 1
     
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    Well, it's really interesting to read what people said.

    Now that I've thought about it, I think I would want
    NASB 95
    NKJV or KJV
    ESV
    NET Bible

    I don't have an ESV but have read a lot of good things about it here. It would be interesting to compare it to the NASB. I would choose the NET Bible over the NIV, but I guess the NET notes might not fit in a parallel bible. :(
     
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    Where do you find that the HCSB is an updated version from the Textus Receptus? Just curious, this is news to me.
     
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    Phillip,

    I think I posted in error on that one. I was posting from memory and my memory may have deceived me.
     
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    KJV, NKJV, Darby, NAS
     
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    That's okay, it just took me by surprise.
     
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    The NA in one column, and a literal translation by a non-denominational Greek scholar with no pre-set religious ideas in the other with the KJV to compare it to. I think it's important to have a common translation as others when studying, the KJV is good, and it's very common. Maybe as a fourth column, the ESV, since it's a decent translation, and very readable.
     
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    NKJV-ESV-HCSB-AMPLIFIED.I would actually like 6 instead of 4 and would add the KJV and NASB.I think the Amplified is the best paraphrase.:wavey:
     
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    If you add NLT, you would have my Bible. See my post on page 1

    Hmmm. I'm not sure I see the point of a paraphrase in a parallel Bible.

    By the way, page references are meaningless in this new forum software, since everyone can choose how many posts appear per page.
     
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