By Leland Ryken
Of the various Bible translations to be had at the present time, are a few higher than others? if this is the case, what standards do we use to figure out what makes a very good translation? Leland Ryken introduces readers to the valuable matters during this debate and offers a number of the reason why basically 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 simple booklet, giving readers a important device for choosing a Bible translation.
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3. “Meaning-full Translations,” Christianity Today, October 7, 2002: 46-49. 4. The main exceptions to this are the New American Standard Bible (NASB, 1963; and updated NASB, 1995), the New King James Version (NKJV, 1982), the English Standard Version (ESV, 2001), and the Holman Christian Standard Version (HCSB New Testament, 2000; Old Testament 2004). 5. Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, “We Really Do Need Another Bible Translation,” Christianity Today, October 22, 2001: 29. 6. Jan de Waard and Eugene A.
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. 10. Erich Sauer, From Eternity to Eternity, trans.
In essentially literal translations, sometimes the meaning of a Greek word is just represented by a question mark or a comma in English, but the meaning is still represented. Sometimes one word is translated by two or three English words, sometimes two or three Greek words are translated by one English word, but in every case the meaning of every word in the original is represented by the translation. ’ and we need to provide an answer for that. Dynamic equivalent translations, however, make the exceptions (the idioms, which are always hard to translate) into a general policy.