By Leland Ryken
Of the various Bible translations to be had this day, are a few higher than others? if this is the case, what standards will we use to figure out what makes an outstanding translation? Leland Ryken introduces readers to the primary matters during this debate and offers a number of the explanation why primarily literal—word-for-word—translations are stronger to dynamic equivalent—thought-for-thought—translations. You don’t need to be a Bible student to acknowledge the necessity for a high quality Bible translation. all of us need to know that the Bible we learn, learn, and memorize is trustworthy to the unique. Dr. Ryken tackles this factor and breaks it down during this concise, logical, and easy publication, giving readers a worthy instrument for choosing a Bible translation.
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The format below shows two things: (1) There is a continuum extending from the NASB down to The Street Bible, but (2) there are three distinct translation philosophies, and there is a marked difference between an “essentially literal” translation, a “dynamic equivalent” translation, and a paraphrase. The upper-left represents more literal translation, and the bottom-right represents less literal translation.
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. But that is not the question. The question is: Is the meaning of every word in Greek or Hebrew represented in the English translation, or just left out? In dynamic equivalent translations, much meaning is left out.
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. But that is not the question. The question is: Is the meaning of every word in Greek or Hebrew represented in the English translation, or just left out?