Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bible Translation Chart

I forget where I found this but thought I would share it.  


Chris Sanchez said...

I am more of a word for word guy but have heard some incredible stories of lives changed through receiving the gospel through the use of thought for thought (aka dynamic equivalence) translations. Be careful though, there are some Bible translations on the market that should be avoided.


Bob Hayton said...

Do you know what the red or black is about on the chart? Just wondering. Thanks for sharing.

Bob Hayton
KJVO Debate Blog

Sean said...

Just curious: what's the difference between the ones in red and the ones in black?

Christian said...

I was also curious about the red and black.

I'm also wondering on what basis the RSV and ESV are considered to be more literal than the KJV and NKJV. Very questionable, IMO, even if one wants to give extra points for the textual basis of a particular translation.

Chris Sanchez said...

Bob, Sean, and Chris,

I have been looking into the differing nomenclature used in the chart and can find no reason given for it. The chart was originally used by Zondervan but has since been replaced with a different chart though it too uses different colors without explanation. I wish I had a better answer for you.


I am uncertain as to the methodology the creator of this chart used to arrive at the rating. Though the chart came from Zondervan, I have seen similar charts elsewhere that support their ranking. I will continue to research this and comment here on what I find. Of course, feel free to post anything from a credible source here. I need all the help I can get!