January 1

Does it matter which translation I use to study the Bible?

FOCUSed15 Podcast – Episode #2 (Season 2)

There is often much confusion and sometimes heated opinions about which version of the Bible you use to read and study the Bible. Though the Word of God is undoubtedly inspired and inerrant there are variations within each version on the shelves. In today’s 15 minute podcast episode, Chris and I chat about why there are so many translations of the Bible, and what you need to know about their differences.

If you have any additional questions about translations or other questions you’d like us to answer on the podcast, let us know in the comments!

In This Episode You’ll Hear About:

  • Whether or not it matters which translation you use
  • What makes one version of the Bible better than another
  • The translation process
  • Word for word vs. phrase for phrase translations
  • Agendas behind certain translations
  • Study purposes vs. readability
  • Chris and Katie’s top Bible versions and how they use them

Resources Mentioned:

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  1. I personally use the CEB Student Bible. The notes and commentary are very helpful. Although the print is small, it’s very stark black ink on very white paper so it’s still easy to read. I also have a CEB Wesley Bible and a CEB Women’s Bible that I love. The student bible is just smaller and more portable, and paperback so it’s not as heavy to carry with me to small group.

    1. I’ve not used that translation before. I’ll check it out! Glad you have a study Bible you enjoy. They can be so helpful.

  2. I enjoyed this discussion very much! I enjoy the HCSB, but as you probably know, 2017 will see a revision and rebranding of it. The new text, now called the CSB, is scheduled to release in March. I wonder if you might have a “wishlist” of sorts that you’d like to see for the CSB? What would you like to see changed? What would you like to remain as is? Thanks again!

    1. Thanks for listening in, Chad! I actually had not yet heard of the rebranding for the HCSB. Not sure I use it enough to have any sort of wish list for it. Looking forward to seeing it be released! Thanks for the heads up.

  3. I love ESV of the Bible, I stubble to understand a lot of the others. My first Bible was King James Version. And when just opening the scriptures here in this version, I was not get anywhere fast. lol Thank God for ESV Bible. t.

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