People have strong feelings about the Bible version they use. That’s a good thing when it reflects our devotion to the gift of Holy Scripture. You are welcome to offer your thoughts in the “comments” section below.
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Study Bibles have concise introductions that are no more than a page. For instance:
The NIV Study Bible (Zondervan)
The ESV Study Bible (Crossway)
The most popular versions of the Bible sold in English today are:
English Standard Version—an “essentially literal” update of the widely used Revised Standard Version.
New International Version — a standard translation using universally used English (thus, “International”).
New Living Translation—an easy-to-read thought-by- thought translation from Hebrew and Greek.
King James Version—the classic 1611 translation that is a landmark in English literature, but far removed from contemporary English.
New King James Version—a very literal translation, updating the language of the King James Version.
Common English Bible—a new translation blending word-for-word and thought-for-thought approaches.
New American Standard Bible—widely seen as the most literal translation produced in the 20th century.