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Old 03-28-2013, 08:58 PM
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Which Bible translation do you believe is the most accurate and why?
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The NRSV. Mostly because if I were forced to pick a way to translate a line, phrase, etc., using one and only one rendering, I have found that the way the NRSV has translated it is pretty close.

It's really less about getting the most accurate translation and more about avoiding certain translations. For example, avoid any translation with the word "literal" in the title. Avoid translations in which there are significant differences between that translation and all the others at specific points (i.e., John 1:1 ff is translated in a way which makes it mean something different than other translations). I wouldn't go for any Jesus Seminar publications or translations like them either.

The differences between the most popular translations are not as great as the differences between any translation and the texts in the original language, so it doesn't matter all that much.
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The NRSV. Mostly because if I were forced to pick a way to translate a line, phrase, etc., using one and only one rendering, I have found that the way the NRSV has translated it is pretty close.

It's really less about getting the most accurate translation and more about avoiding certain translations. For example, avoid any translation with the word "literal" in the title. Avoid translations in which there are significant differences between that translation and all the others at specific points (i.e., John 1:1 ff is translated in a way which makes it mean something different than other translations). I wouldn't go for any Jesus Seminar publications or translations like them either.

The differences between the most popular translations are not as great as the differences between any translation and the texts in the original language, so it doesn't matter all that much.
And among the Greek and Hebrew texts we have today, which is the most accurate?
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And among the Greek and Hebrew texts we have today, which is the most accurate?
We have thousands and thousands of manuscripts just for the NT. For the bible itself, we go into over 10,000.

Accuracy here is an entirely different question. It is methodology, and specifically methods within textual criticism. Textual critics working with biblical manuscipts (or at least NT manuscripts) have an advantage that any classics or near eastern specialist would kill for. The number of textual witnesses is enormous.

For the most part, the disagreements between manuscripts are things like spelling errors. There are not that many places where textual critics are unsure of what the original text looked like.

Also, manuscripts are not divided into individual texts so much as traditions. Certain primary manuscripts and textual traditions divide our available manuscripts rather nicely. When trying to discern which reading among various alternates is the likely original, most manuscripts need not be consulted at al. Vaticanus, Sinaiticus, the papyri, and a few others have pride of place because they are early and/or complete (or almost complete). Variations between them are then compared to the large manuscript pool. Also, issues like grammar/syntax and typical scribal error (e.g., inserting a commentary colophon into the text) are taken into acount. The best version of the NT in Greek is the SBL's. When it comes to the OT, you not only get into the issue of fewer witnesses, but the problem of the LXX vs. the later Hebrew manuscripts and the Qumran finds.
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The NRSV is considered by most eminent bible scholars to be the most accurate translation to date. it takes advantage of both the earliest manuscripts and the latest available scholarship. Here, "accurate" means "closest to the meaning implied across a wide range of biblical scholarship" -- not "supporting a particular theological agenda."

The Scholar's Version, put out by members of the Jesus Seminar, is likewise as accurate, but it's translational choices take some liberties with strict transliteral accuracy, in order to place the meaning within a more modern context.
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Which Bible translation do you believe is the most accurate and why?
I think the New World Translation. The explanation for this is extended and can be found in the reference edition of the NWT, available from Jehovah's witnesses.
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I don't think there are any bad translations. The hardest for me to read was the New World Translation, which I used when I was studying with the JWs (for a time). I've read the KJV, NIV, MKJV, NKJV, NASV, and others. They all say the same thing in a slightly different way.
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None of them. Definitely none of the complete Tanach translations. But if I had to pick something in Torah translations that came closest, it would either be Everett Fox's The Five Books of Moses, or possibly Robert Alter's The Five Books of Moses.

But ultimately, I've never seen any translation that truly captures the Hebrew, either in accuracy or in style and feel, or in nuance.
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Could you offer a few examples of JPS inaccuracy?
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The NRSV is considered by most eminent bible scholars to be the most accurate translation to date. it takes advantage of both the earliest manuscripts and the latest available scholarship. Here, "accurate" means "closest to the meaning implied across a wide range of biblical scholarship" -- not "supporting a particular theological agenda."

The Scholar's Version, put out by members of the Jesus Seminar, is likewise as accurate, but it's translational choices take some liberties with strict transliteral accuracy, in order to place the meaning within a more modern context.
the most highs God's name is Jehovah ,can you show me that name in the NRVS
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