Many of my friends (both believers and non-believers) ask me why there are so many versions of the English Bible and which is the correct version to read. I can easily relate to this because I myself was on the same boat at one point. So for those who have the same questions and concerns about these multiple English versions, I think the question should be what is the difference rather than ‘what is the correct version’. And this leads us to two important questions; (1) how was the original Scripture translated into so many different languages? (2) does the translation of Scripture take away the benefit of inspiration by removing readers one step from the original text? Please see my post on Scripture Translation Explained that answers these questions..
Here is a very well put together diagram by Dr. Walt Russel that shows the translation spectrum of different versions of the English Bible. I found this to be very helpful and I hope it will be for you too. My personal choice is reading both KJV and NIV/ESV versions in parallel to get a better understanding of the scriptures.
Hey, if you can learn Hebrew and Greek that is even better for studying the Bible 😉
Here is a little bit about me; after all, you are going to read my blog, so it helps to know the blogger 😉
Lifestyle : I am single; so that gives me more time and flexibility to do the things that I love; ergo, I work full time in IT sector and also study part-time doing MA in Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology in Biola University. I sincerely thank God for giving me this opportunity. Personality : My friends, family or those who know me well-enough say that I am an extrovert. Has an upfront and a no-nonsense personality – I guess that makes me less likable. A Rational being – that might be the reason I found the true God. And by the way, you can read here my journey of knowing the true God and His love. As a heads-up, it is a kinda long story, so brace yourself. Love : Jesus Christ with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength. And my favorite time of the day is the quiet prayer time I spend with my loving Jesus, love it, love it and I eagerly look forward to it every day. Of course, I talk to Him non-stop all day, but the quiet is quite different. Hobbies : In my school days, I was a philatelist and a coin collector. Someone stole my coin collection(yep, sad story) and I donated my stamp collection to a friend of mine who was a better philatelist, and since then never took up anything as a hobby in particular, but I enjoy doing these; Traveling (especially long car drives with loud music and zero traffic), Outdoor adventures (yes, but moderately – done a handful and 18k tandem Skydiving and Bungee jumping were my recent). A foodie and love trying out different edible cuisines. I relax listening to & dancing to music – all kinds depending on my mood. At present, trying my hand at learning Guitar and Acrylic painting… love it. Arduous : Not at all a morning person – utterly failed many times in training myself to wake up early, but I am not going to give up on this though. Reading and writing are the most boring activities for me, but I do those anyways. Talk too fast – well, working on this to turn it into my strength 🙂