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Using the Right Bible Translation? A professional translator’s perspective on translation choice, by Jonathan Downie

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Bible Translations and Preface Citations

Scripture quotations marked “KJV” are taken from the Holy Bible Authorised King James Version, 1769 as it appeared in “e-Sword—The Sword of the Lord with an Electronic Edge” version 7.9.8, © 2000-2008 Rick Meyers.

Preface citations and Scripture quotations marked “NKJV” are taken from the preface and text of the New King James Version © 1982, by Thomas Nelson Inc., as they appeared in The Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible, New York OUP, 2004.

Preface citations and Scripture quotations marked “ESV” are taken from the preface and text of the English Standard Version © 2001, by Crossway Bibles, as they appeared in The Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible, New York OUP, 2004.

Preface citations and Scripture quotations marked “NLT” are taken from the preface and text of the New Living Translation © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., as it appeared in The Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible, New York OUP, 2004.

Preface citations and Scripture quotations marked “TM” or “Peterson” are taken from the preface and text of The Message © 2003 by Eugene H. Peterson, as it appeared in The Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible, New York OUP, 2004.

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Category: Biblical Studies, Pneuma Review, Summer 2009

About the Author: Jonathan Downie is a conference interpreter, preacher and church interpreting researcher living in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is married with two children and is committed to helping churches reach out to their surrounding multilingual communities using interpreting.

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