Friday, February 11, 2005

So Talk to Me about Translations

We've had a lively discussion about the NIV, NASB, ESV and Message today.

What's your favorite translation, and why? What do you find yourself using most often? I know Kim posted something about this the other day after her Bible-hunting trek, and Amy is trying to help us win an ESV Bible.

I think I mentioned that I use the NASB. I like a translation that's on the literal side...my NIV use has been mostly out of habit. I have several of them, and it's what I had when I first came to Jesus.

I read up on the ESV a tiny bit and was extremely impressed with what I saw.

15 comments:

Molly said...

I like the KJV and the NASB. My reading and study is primarily in the KJV right now.

I'm a fan of the New Jerusalem Bible (I like many of the Psalms translations) and the New English Version (via England) as well.

Those are my four "top's."
:o)

Coffee and a Muffin said...

Well, I definitely can't stand The Message! But then again, it's not a translation. I'm using the KJV and NASB interchangeably right now and plan on getting the NKJV soon. I have a feeling the NKJV is going to be the one I most like. I've not given the RSV much time. Need to give it a go, too!

Coffee and a Muffin said...

Forgot to mention that up until recently, I studied almost exclusively from the NIV (given to me in 1989). Amazing I came out okay, huh? lol!

Kristen said...

Eh, I've seen worse than the NIV. I just think it's really important to compare, to have a good concordance, that kind of thing. Most of my recent personal Bible studies involve just going through books of the Bible and looking up words in the original languages. :)

Coffee and a Muffin said...

I'd love to do more comparing of translations and include a concordance. My new Key Word Study Bible (the NASB one) is so neat in that it has Strong's reference system throughout, and I can just look word meanings up so easily now. Love that!

Rand said...

"I like a translation that's on the literal side..."

Than stick with the KJV sister!!! LOL. I'm a KJV kind of guy (no I'm not a ruckmanite). I demand a literal translation so I would never go back to an NIV or "the Message" or any of the other abominable "equivalencies". I also am a big fan of the Majority Texts (aka Received Texts), so that pretty much eliminates all the other versions other than the KJV.

BTW, thanks for you comment on my site. I'll keep an eye on your site, if we are like-minded enough, I could add you to my links...if that's ok with you.

Take care and God bless,

Kristen said...

Thanks, Rand. :)

JP Manzi said...

Good luck on your bible translation search. I have way too many bibles in different translations. I also like the NKJV. That was my first bible. My wife likes the NIV. As I've stated, I think you'll get a lot out of the ESV.

Coffee and a Muffin said...

ESV ESV ESV. Why did I type RSV?? *scratching head*

Kristen said...

JP--thanks!

Kim--I knew what you meant. ;)

jaygee said...

Many years ago I abandoned the NIV for the NASB, which I used for ten years. I'd still be using it but for the ESV and its accurate, beautiful language. High literature, indeed.

BTW I checked out your blog through a link from Amy's. Very nice.

Kristen said...

Thanks, John! I checked yours out, too (okay, I've checked it out before now as well). :) Thanks for your thoughts on the ESV--I'm pretty sold.

Todd said...

NKJV for me, I also have a NIV that I use periodically. Love the King Jimmie! I use it and my bible dictionary quite a bit.

Todd said...

Oh, just in case you have not used it, this site is great for viewing the scripture in whatever version you prefer.

http://www.biblegateway.com/

Kristen said...

Thanks, Todd! I use Bible Gateway all the time. Crosswalk (which I am not a fan of in general) also has a great Bible tool for looking up Greek and Hebrew.

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