Speaker: Dru Lattin
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Several weeks ago, Dru shared about what translation is and how it happens. He also discussed the history of the King James Bible and its profound impact on English, even today. And then there were two weddings. And a memorial service. And a baptism.
Here he shares the final installment: it’s not “live”, but a simple recording. In it, he addresses the following questions:
- Why should I consider using a different Bible translation?
- What version actually is the Bible?
- What should we do when Bible translations differ?
- Can we be confident that what we have today is God’s Word?
- Which version should I use? How should I use other versions?
He invites your questions and feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s an incomplete PowerPoint to accompany the talk: Bible translations Part Two
A summary answer to the question – which translation should I use? – is available here: Which Bible Translation should I use
Finally, a brief recommendation for books, if you desire to study more:
– Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible, by Mark Ward. This easy-to-read book takes time to explore the value of the KJV, while also detailing why Christians should use vernacular translations. He writes with enthusiasm and sincerity, in a non-inflammatory tone. Note that this work does not address the question of the underlying texts – what is actually being translated – and instead focuses on changes in English over 400 years and the implications for Bible translations.
– The King James Only Controversy, by James White. A comprehensive look at both the textual and translation issues underlying Bible versions. White doesn’t shrink from calling a spade a spade, and he takes a hard and critical – though not unfair – look at the KJV-only movement. An essential resource for understanding these issues.
– The Story Behind the Versions, by Rodney Yoder. While not as comprehensive as White’s book, Rodney Yoder provides an accessible yet thorough overview of the history of the English Bible, issues in translation, and questions conservative churches may have in considering which to use. Of special value for is that this book is written by a Mennonite and published by Christian Light Publications, a conservative Mennonite organization.