What translation do you read?

bible2Scot McKnight has a good piece on Bible translations. Here is a taste:

I’d like to contend today that most words are translated in all Bible translations with formal equivalence and that some words are translated more or less in a dynamic, or functional way. In other words, there isn’t really a radical commitment to dynamic equivalence — as if one can find some better way in English to the original languages “and” or “but” or “the” or “God.” Or a radical commitment to “formal equivalence,” as if the Greek word order can be maintained in English and make sense, though at times the NASB gave that a try (much to the consternation of English readers). No one translates “God’s nostrils got bigger” (formal equivalence) but we translate “God became angry.” There are some expressions that can’t be translated woodenly unless one prefers not to be understood.

Having heard too many people who don’t know an alpha from an omega criticize Eugene Peterson’s The Message as a “paraphrase” as though this means they would all do better reading the King James version.

2 thoughts on “What translation do you read?

  1. We’ve been doing a long-running bible study with the youth group in which we use up to 14 different translations to read a particular section of scripture.

    It is amazing what kind of clarity comes from hearing so many versions of the same passage rather than try to find what may be considered “the best,” “the most correct,” or “the most accurate.”

    We will write the key words of the various versions on a whiteboard, adding the variations of phrases and words.

    We then talk about what we think we might be hearing from God through all these words. Finally, we write our own paraphrase of the passage in a attempt to nail down some
    application to our lives today.

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