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Versions of the Bible IV

Adding everyday English idioms and creating an easier to read text are just some of the ways that translators prepare the Bible for people unfamiliar with the book. In this article, you will encounter information on versions, such as the Living Bible and New American Standard.

Modern Language Bible (Berkley Version) ,

The Modern Language Bible offers a rather literal translation of the text with simple American English that is clearer to understand. The New Testament version of the Modern Language Bible emerged in 1945. A revision was published in 1969. The Old Testament version appeared in 1959.

Richmond Lattimore Translation of the New Testament (1996) ,

Richmond Lattimore provided an uncomplicated, literal rendering of the New Testament that permits the syntax and order of the Greek to influence the English style. This version accommodates people reading on an 8th grade level.

Living Bible ,

Also known as LIV, the Living Bible followed a paraphrase type of translation using the American Standard Version. Kenneth L. Taylor wished to present the Bible in a language that his children could understand. Some people favor this version as a useful tool for introducing the Bible to those who are not familiar with it. The New Testament version appeared in 1962, while the Old Testament translation followed in 1971.

The Message ,

Eugene H. Peterson was a pastor and biblical scholar who wished to create a version of the Bible that followed contemporary language. He worked with the informal parts of the Greek language and incorporating everyday English idioms and styles. The Message is also referred to as MES in short. The New Testament version appeared in 1993 with Psalms added in 1994. The complete Bible was finished in 2002.

Moffatt Bible ,

The Moffatt Bible appeared in 1926 and was revised in 1935. The translation was the work of James Moffatt, who used the approach of modern speech translation, which rearranged some of the text to fit into biblical chronology and provide a better understanding of many Anglicisms.

New American Bible ,

The New American Bible is considered the first complete American Catholic Bible that was translated from the original languages. The style is noted as being more direct than the Jerusalem Bible. The New American Bible is also referred to as the NAB. The translation appeared in 1970 with the New Testament being revised in 1986. In 1992, Psalms underwent a revision.

New American Standard ,

Also known as the NASB, the New American Standard is a popular choice amongst Evangelicals and others who prefer a word-for-word translation of the original manuscripts. This particular translation was prepared to serve as an update of the 1901 American Standard Version (ASV). The New Testament appeared in 1963, while the entire Bible emerged in 1971. A revision was released in 1995.