Modern Translations

Stanley E. Porter

in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780198601180
Published online April 2009 |
 Modern Translations

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This chapter examines the translation of the Bible. The translation of the Bible into English has taken two major turns. The first was the rise of vernacular translations that in some ways anticipated but also encouraged and supported events surrounding the Reformation. The second major turn in translation of the Bible into English occurred in the last few years leading up to the turn of the 19th century, with publication of the English Revised Version and the American Standard Version. Since that time, there has been a veritable avalanche of translations of the Bible into English (both British and American) versions, with over 115 different versions of the Old and New Testaments produced. A historical survey of translations, the textual basis of modern translations, and issues in modern translation are discussed.

Keywords: Bible; English translation; Old Testament; New Testament

Chapter.  12516 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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