John 17:6-19 – Comparing dynamic translations: NLT vs CEB

Most young people, including those with lower levels of reading comprehension prefer a bible translation they can read and understand.  There are more translations available today.  Earlier, I said I'd do a comparison of two dynamic-equivalent bible translations: the Common English Bible (CEB) and the New Living Translation (NLT). Here is the first post in this series on …

Dynamic equivalent bible translations

I will be comparing several bible translations.  This hasn’t been done on New Epistles blog in a long time. It’s fun and I miss doing this.  In the past, I used to do this extensively on New Epistles.  This time, we’ll probably be comparing two of my favorite dynamic translations-—the Common English Bible and New …

New Living Translation on the rise

The New Living Translation is on the rise and was the second most popular translation in unit sales for August 2010. I am not surprised it has risen to such popularity.  The ESV is holding steady, and the NIV is still on top after the TNIV getting dumped. CBA best sellers list for August 2010 …

Holy Bible: Mosaic and the blog tour winner today

Congratulations to Mr. Juan Martinez who is the winner of the Holy Bible: Mosaic contest on New Epistles .  I will be mailing out to you a certificate for a copy of the Holy Bible: Mosaic redeemable at your local Christian bookstore, compliments of Tyndale Publishing House.   Mr. Juan Martinez asked a great question: …

Exodus 22:8-9 “God” or “Judges”?

I think this will really bug some people as it bugs me.  It seems that Exodus 22:8-9 is clearly referring to judges but some translations like the NLT,  ESV, NRSV rendered elohim as "God"; but TNIV and CSB rendered elohim as "judges".  Yes, technically, "God" is correct; but it seems clear to me that elohim …

New Epistles Contest: Give away of Holy Bible: Mosaic (NLT)

Someone has a chance to win a free copy of the Holy Bible: Mosaic here on New Epistles.  (I have posted my review of Holy Bible: Mosaic).  Here are the simple rules to my contest. Reply in the comments section of this post below and ask any question about any feature of this bible. I …

Review of Holy Bible: Mosaic (NLT) by Tyndale

Laura Bartlett from  Tyndale asked me to participate in the 10-week Holy Bible: Mosaic Blog Tour participated by 50 blogs. Be sure to enter the New Epistles Contest here to win a free copy of this brand new bible.  I will be sending out to the winner an authorized certificate for a free copy redeemable …

Luke 18:29 – Is TNIV gender-accurate?

Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother (NRSV) And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother (TNIV) Mark 10:29 there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father (NRSV) no one who has …

NLT Holy Bible: Mosaic released

The Holy Bible: Mosaic was released on September 22, 2009. I will be posting a review of this later. I just received my copy of Mosaic in the mail today. But if you want a free copy of it, here’s a list of bloggers who are participating in this Mosaic blog tour. You have 50 …

Eph. 3:16-18 “I pray that…”

Ephesians 3:16 - 18: ESV: that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, NLT: I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. NRSV: I pray that, according to …

NLT Discover God Study Bible by Tyndale

Thanks to Laura Bartlett of Tyndale House Publishers for sending me this hardcover edition of this wonderful study bible. The Discover God Study Bible was released a while back but it doesn’t seem to have a big readership because when I checked the local Christian bookstore, I noticed only a few copies on the shelf. …

Functional equivalence comparison #3: Romans 7:15-16

Finally, the comparison between functional equivalent translations continues with Romans, ch. 7. I have been on a blogging hiatus for a while but I've finally found some time to catch my breath. I like doing these translation comparisons but they take a lot of time to prepare. I have found that comparing eight different translations …

Life application bible studies: John, Acts, Hebrews, James

Tyndale has released a new bible study series called the Life Application Bible Studies. To date, four books are available: John, Acts, Hebrews, and James. More are scheduled to be released.Each book in this bible study series include two parts: 1) the complete text of the selected bible book from the Life Application Study Bible …

Functional equivalence comparison #2: 1 Samuel 3:13 – What blasphemy?

The comparison between functional equivalent translations continues with the First Samuel 3:13.NLT: I have warned him that judgment is coming upon his family forever, because his sons are blaspheming God and he hasn’t disciplined them.GW: I told him that I would hand down a permanent judgment against his household because he knew about his sons’ …

Functional equivalent translations #1: 1 Samuel 3:7 Confusion about young Samuel

The comparison between functional equivalent translations begins with the First Samuel 3:7.NCV: Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the Lord had not spoken directly to him yet.Message: This all happened before Samuel knew GOD for himself. It was before the revelation of GOD had been given to him personally.CEV: The LORD had not …