For English-speaking people there are lots of versions of the Bible available. This document comments on various popular versions.
Some are careful translations by a team of scholars, others are free paraphrases by individuals. Some are useful for careful study, others are better for reading to get the gist of the Bible story. They can conveniently be divided into these types:
These formal equivalence versions attempt to translate a word from the original Hebrew or Greek with an equivalent English word. They are literal translations.
Feature of these translations are:
These dynamic equivalence versions attempt to translate the ideas more than the precise words.
Features of these translations are:
These are loose translations for getting the general gist of the Bible. They often use modern expressions.
Features of these paraphrases are:
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