Item description for The Bible in English Translation: An Essential Guide (Essential Guide (Abingdon Press)) by Steven M. Sheeley & Robert N. Nash...
Overview Choosing a translation of the Bible in the English language used to be relatively simple. At most, one would have been forced to choose between the king James Version and the Revised Standard Version. A visit to the bookstore today reveals a bewildering array of choices: in addition to the venerable KJV there are the NRSV, NIV, JB, REB, NASB, GNB, NKJV, CEV, LB, and more. Adding to the confusion which this variety of translations produces are the hundreds of editions in which they appear. So which do you choose? This book will help students of the Bible evaluate, for themselves, the strengths and weaknesses of the different contemporary English translations of Scripture. To aid the reader in making that assessment, Sheeley and Nash begin with a brief overview of the Bible's structure and history, highlighting the development of the canon and pointing out the major events in the story of the Bible's translation into English.
Publishers Description Beginning with a brief overview of the Bible's structure and history, the authors highlight the development of the canon, point out the major events in the story of the Bible's translation into English, and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the different contemporary English translations of Scripture.
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.05" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1997
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
Series Essential Guide - Abingdon
ISBN 0687001536 ISBN13 9780687001538
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The Bible in English Translation in Paperback May 30, 2008
This book was required for a course. I would not personally purchase it otherwise. The content was OK, but not an exciting read.
One of the best on the Subject Feb 19, 2003
This book is one of the best books on the subject of English Bible versions. It is concise, well-written, and pleasant to read. One gets the impression that the authors are in love with the subject matter. Their enthusiasm for the Bible in English is contagious. There are many books on the English Bible, there are none better than this one. It works well as an introduction to various translations and I could see this book being used along with Comfort's, _Essential Guide to Bible Versions_ in a classroom setting in the church or a school.
Again, this is an excellent book and I highly recommend it to all who are interested in the study of the English Bible.
This book is a must for anyone interested in the Bible Nov 22, 2000
This book is incredibly user-friendly and provides a valuable look at the history, making, and various translations of the Bible. As a seminary student, I can assure you that this book is very helpful in explaining the pros and cons of each translation of the Bible. I constantly refer to this work for a quick reference guide to translations. Biblical student or not, everyone should check this book out. I also recommend Sheeley and Nash's "Choosing A Bible: A Guide to Modern English Translations and Editions", which is also an excellent resource.
A must Jan 6, 2000
I found that this book is a must for the person looking for the perfect bible. Sheeley/Nash's book provided a simple, yet thorough, explanations of an exhausted list of bibles. This book answers many questions including: what bible is best for my personal study, which translation is better for my church, why are there different translation anyways? Before beginning a personal or corprate study of the bible this book is well worth the short time it takes to read.
An excellent summary of Bible translations. Jan 14, 1998
This book provides invaluable guidance for a person interested in buying a Bible. The book provides succinct summaries of nearly all of the English Bible translations on the market today. Many of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the translations are provided by the authors.
However, I came across an error in the book. On page 85, the authors criticize the Good News Bible (GNB) for its lack of gender inclusive language. The authors made specific reference to four Bible passages to highlight their point. However, in 1992, a 2nd edition of the GNB was issued. One of the specified purposes of the 2nd edition was to revise passages which were not gender inclusive. Every one of the passages cited by the authors were changed in the 2nd edition to make them gender inclusive. Therefore, this criticism of the GNB is not valid.
My only other suggestion is that the authors should have indicated what translations include the books of the Apocrypha or the Deuterocanonical books, since those books are used in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Episcopalian churches. This information was only provided for some of the translations. Nonetheless, a person would benefit by reviewing this book before purchasing a Bible for individual use or for their church.