HAVE YOU EVER BEEN PERPLEXED BY THE GREAT NUMBER OF ENGLISH BIBLE VERSIONS? HAVE YOU WONDERED WHICH ONE YOU SHOULD CHOOSE AS YOUR PRIMARY STUDY BIBLE?
In the span of just a few generations more than a hundred English Bible versions have become available. The King James Version (KJV), the Revised Standard Version (RSV), Today’s English Version (TEV), New English Bible (NEB), Jerusalem Bible (JB), New American Standard Bible (NASB), and the New International Version (NIV) are just a few of the most popular ones in use today.
EACH VERSION HAS STRONG POINTS AND WEAK POINTS. NO VERSION IS PERFECT. BUT THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT OUR CHOICE OF A STUDY BIBLE IS NOT IMPORTANT. THE BIBLE IS GOD’S CHOSEN MEDIUM OF COMMUNICATING WITH MAN, AND WE SHOULD USE THE BEST VERSION WE CAN FIND FOR STUDYING THE DEEP TRUTHS OF HIS WORD. BUT WHICH VERSION IS MOST RELIABLE AND HOW CAN WE IDENTIFY IT?
Many scholars evaluate Bible versions following a naturalistic method. We, however, will use a faith-oriented approach that also takes into consideration scholarly evidence. We will compare various versions to the biblical description of the inspired Word of God. The version that best fits this description will be our Bible of choice.