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Word Choice

English Translations Of Bible Give Readers Multiple Options

Posted: April 26, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF Keith Newton, manager at LifeWay Christian Store in Rogers, stands among several types and translations of Bibles available at the store at Pinnacle Hills Promenade.

Only God knows how many times Lana Davis has read the Bible from cover to cover, she said.

By The Numbers

Top Selling Bible Translations

April 2014

No. 1: New International Version

No. 2: King James Version

No. 3: New King James Version

No. 4: New Living Translation

No. 5: English Standard Version

The rankings are based on both dollar sales and unit sales.

Source: The Association Of Christian Retail

Profiles

NWA Bible Users

Jo Ann Wardein

Age: 68

Religious Affiliation: Catholic

Bible Translation/Why: New American Bible, but, I mostly go to my Living Bible by Tyndale, which was a gift from my husband for Christmas 1975. I like it because it’s so easy to understand and respond to God’s love and instructions.

Chloe Ford

Age: 26

Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational

Bible Translation/Why: New International Version. I like it because it’s one of the easier versions to understand and interpret.

Karen Pease

Age: 60

Religious Affiliation: Baptist

Bible Translation/Why: New International Version 1984 version. I like this translation because it is easy to read and understand. I do not like the new gender-friendly NIV.

Rebekah Broadwell

Age: 24

Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational

Bible Translation/Why: New International Version. I love this translation because it is easy to understand. It is written in a style that I am used to reading in everyday text.

Debbie Miller

Age: 53

Religious Affiliation: Baptist

Bible Translation/Why: New American Standard Bible. It’s very readable, and it’s in language that’s somewhat more modern than the King James version. I think there are other good versions out there, and this one may not be as popular as it once was, but it still speaks to me in words that resonate, and I think that’s what Bible study is all about.

Jack Ward

Age: 60

Religion Affiliation: Baptist

Bible Translation/Why: Holman Standard Christian Bible. It’s the one our pastor preaches from.

Brenda Ward

Age: 58

Religion Affiliation: Baptist

Bible Translation/Why: New International Version. It’s the one I am most familiar with. It is the easiest to understand for me.

Greg Bohannan and Holly Bohannan

Age: 41 and Age: 36

Religious Affiliation: Nondenominational

Bible Translation/Why: New International Version. It’s easy to read and easy to understand. We both read other versions of the bible in print and off apps to compare content and translation.

At A Glance

Translation Philosophies

Word-For-Word: New American Standard, English Standard Version, King James Version, New King James Version

Thought-For-Thought: God’s Word Translation, New Living Thranslation

Two popular translations, the Holman Christian Standard Bible and the New International Version, use both word-for-word and thought-for-thought translastions.

Source: Lifeway Christian Store

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