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Choosing a Bible: Understanding Bible Translation by Leland Ryken

By Leland Ryken

Of the numerous Bible translations on hand this present day, are a few greater than others? if this is the case, what standards do we use to figure out what makes an outstanding translation? Leland Ryken introduces readers to the significant concerns during this debate and offers numerous explanation why primarily literal—word-for-word—translations are more suitable to dynamic equivalent—thought-for-thought—translations. You don’t need to be a Bible pupil to acknowledge the necessity for a top quality Bible translation. all of us need to know that the Bible we learn, learn, and memorize is devoted to the unique. Dr. Ryken tackles this factor and breaks it down during this concise, logical, and easy booklet, giving readers a important device for choosing a Bible translation.

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Van Leeuwen, “We Really Do Need Another Bible Translation,” 30. 9. Anthony Howard Nichols, “Translating the Bible: A Critical Analysis of E. A. Nida’s Theory of Dynamic Equivalence and Its Impact Upon Recent Bible Translations,” dissertation, University of Sheffield, 1996, 295. 10. Erich Sauer, From Eternity to Eternity, trans. G. H. Land (London: Paternoster, 1954), 103. 11. Eugene A. Nida and Charles R. Taber, The Theory and Practice of Translation (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1969), 13. 12. Concerning the translation of idioms, biblical scholar Wayne Grudem notes: “Everyone agrees that difficult idioms need to be handled as exceptions.

Jan de Waard and Eugene A. Nida, From One Language to Another: Functional Equivalence in Bible Translating (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1986), 39. 7. Incidentally, three times during the sermon this preacher invoked the familiar formula, “Now what the original really says is . ” as he needed to correct his dynamic equivalent translation, whereas if he had been using a literal translation he would not have needed to invoke this formula at all. 8. Van Leeuwen, “We Really Do Need Another Bible Translation,” 30.

Incidentally, three times during the sermon this preacher invoked the familiar formula, “Now what the original really says is . ” as he needed to correct his dynamic equivalent translation, whereas if he had been using a literal translation he would not have needed to invoke this formula at all. 8. Van Leeuwen, “We Really Do Need Another Bible Translation,” 30. 9. Anthony Howard Nichols, “Translating the Bible: A Critical Analysis of E. A. Nida’s Theory of Dynamic Equivalence and Its Impact Upon Recent Bible Translations,” dissertation, University of Sheffield, 1996, 295.

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