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The Bible in Translation: Ancient and English Versions
Bruce M. Metzger

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Format: Paperback, 200pp.
ISBN: 9780801022821
Publisher: Baker Book House
Pub. Date: October 2001

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The Bible has been translated more than any other piece of literature and is currently available in over two thousand languages, with several languages having numerous versions. Outlined here is the development of biblical translation, including a careful analysis of more than fifty versions of the Bible.

One of the most respected living biblical scholars, Bruce Metzger begins this engaging survey with the earliest translations of the Old and New Testaments before proceeding to English versions dating from the eleventh century to the present. Metzger explores the circumstances under which each translation was produced and offers insight into its underlying objectives, characteristics, and strengths. Having served on a number of modern translation committees, his insights into the evolution of Bible translation flow not only from careful research, but also from personal experience.

Students, pastors, and interested readers will discover the history of the written Word and gain useful insight into which modern translations best serve their own needs.


"A highly informative and interesting account of the history of the English Bible. Professor Metzger has pointed out the qualities-good and bad-of all the versions, from that of John Wycliffe to the New Revised Standard Version of 1990. He has not neglected the Jewish translations of the twentieth century or the simplified, easy-to-read versions, and even includes the various paraphrases of the English Bible. All of this is done with clarity, humor, and sound judgment. His book will be a valuable vade mecum for all pastors, students, scholars, and general readers."
—Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J., Catholic University of America


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Bruce M. Metzger (Ph.D., Princeton University) is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature Emeritus at Princeton Theological Seminary. An expert in ancient biblical manuscripts, he has participated in three major Bible translation projects and was chairman of the NRSV translation committee.

Table of Contents

Part 1Ancient Versions
1.Ancient Versions of the Old Testament Made for the Use of the Jews13
2.Ancient Versions Intended Chiefly for Christians25
Part 2English Versions
3.English Bibles before the King James Version55
4.The King James Bible (1611)70
5.Between the King James Bible and the Revised Version81
6.The British Revised Version (1881-85) and the American Standard Version (1901)99
7.Early Modern-Speech Versions105
8.The Revised Standard Version (1952)117
9.The Jerusalem Bible (1966)123
10.The New American Bible (1970)127
11.The New English Bible (1970)132
12.The New International Version (1978)138
13.Jewish Translations142
14.Revision after Revision149
15.Simplified, Easy-to-Read Versions163
16.Paraphrases of the English Bible175
Subject Index191
Scripture Index197

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