Versions of the Bible: Why So Many?

The New American Bible Revised
The King James Version
The Message
The New Revised Standard Version—Catholic Edition
The Jerusalem Bible
The English Standard Version
The New American Standard Bible

Among the hundreds of translations of the Bible into English which one is the best one?

Do you want to read a Bible that stays closely as possible to every word of the original Hebrew and Greek? Or a “thought to thought” translation? Or both? Is it to study the Bible—or for devotional purposes?

Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message says, “I hoped to bring the New Testament to life for two different types of people: Those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant, and those who had read the Bible so much it had become “old hat.’”

Read the Bible. Study it. Let it engage you right where you are!


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