Bible in Translation Ancient and English Versions

ISBN-10: 0801022827
ISBN-13: 9780801022821
Edition: 2001
Authors: Bruce M. Metzger
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Description: The Bible has been translated more than any other piece of literature and is currently available in over two thousand languages, with several languages having numerous versions. Outlined here is the development of biblical translation, including a  More...

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 10/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

The Bible has been translated more than any other piece of literature and is currently available in over two thousand languages, with several languages having numerous versions. Outlined here is the development of biblical translation, including a careful analysis of more than fifty versions of the Bible. One of the most respected living biblical scholars, Bruce Metzger begins this engaging survey with the earliest translations of the Old and New Testaments before proceeding to English versions dating from the eleventh century to the present. Metzger explores the circumstances under which each translation was produced and offers insight into its underlying objectives, characteristics, and strengths. Having served on a number of modern translation committees, his insights into the evolution of Bible translation flow not only from careful research, but also from personal experience. Students, pastors, and interested readers will discover the history of the written Word and gain useful insight into which modern translations best serve their own needs.

Preface
Ancient Versions
Ancient Versions of the Old Testmament Made for the Use of Jews
The Septuagint
The Jewish Targums
Ancient Versions Intended Chiefly for Christians
The Syriac Versions
The Latin Versions
The Coptic Versions
The Gothic Version
The Armenian Version
The Georgian Version
The Ethiopic Version
The Arabic Versions
The Sogdian Version
The Old Church Slavonic Version
The Nubian Version
English Versions
English Bibles before the King James Version
The Beginnings of the English Bible
The Wycliffite Bible (1382; 1388)
Tyndale and the First Printed English New Testament (1526)
Coverdale and the First Complete Printed Bible in English (1535)
Matthew's Bible (1537)
Taverner's Bible (1539)
The Great Bible (1539)
Edmund Becke's Bibles (1549; 1551)
The Geneva Bible (1560)
The Bishops' Bible (1568)
The Rheims-Douay Bible (1582-1610)
The King James Bible (1611)
Between the King James Bible and the Revised Version
Edward Harwood's New Testament (1768)
Charles Thomson's Bible (1808)
Noah Webster's Bible (1833)
Julia E. Smith's Bible (1876)
The British Revised Version (1881-85) and the American Standard Version (1901)
Early Modern-Speech Versions
The Twentieth Century New Testament (1901; 1904)
Weymouth's New Testament in Modern Speech (1903)
Moffatt's Translation of the Bible (1913; 1924-25)
Smith and Goodspeed's American Translation (1923; 1927)
The Revised Standard Version (1952)
The Jerusalem Bible (1966)
The New American Bible (1970)
The New English Bible (1970)
The New International Version (1978)
Jewish Translations
Translations Sponsored by the Jewish Publication Society (1917; 1985)
Heinz W. Cassirer's New Testament (1989)
David H. Stern's Complete Jewish Bible (1998)
Revision after Revision
The New American Standard Bible (1971; updated ed. 1995)
The New Jerusalem Bible (1985)
Revised New Testament, New American Bible (1986)
The Revised English Bible (1989)
The New Revised Standard Version (1990)
Simplified, Easy-to-Read Versions
The Basic English Bible (1949)
J. B. Phillips's Version (1958; rev. ed. 1972)
The Good News Bible (Today's English Version) (1976)
The Reader's Digest Bible (1982)
The Contemporary English Version (1995)
New International Reader's Version (1996)
Paraphrases of the English Bible
Henry Hammond's Paraphrase and Annotations (1653)
Philip Doddridge's Family Expositor (1739-56)
F. F. Bruce's Expanded Paraphrase of the Epistles of Paul (1965)
Kenneth Taylor's Living Bible, Paraphrased (NT 1967; entire Bible 1971)
Eugene Peterson's The Message (NT 1993; OT Wisdom books 1997; OT Prophets 2000)
Postscript
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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