Search for a functional equivalent translation

In the future, I will be blogging on functional equivalent translations (or dynamic translations). The plethora of functional translations seems to be a recent phenomena. It really seemed to have taken off in the last ten to fifteen years. I have decided to cover all the main functional equivalent translations in this comparison. This is …

Reading the bible from the New Living Translation 24/7

Thanks to Laura Bartlett at Tyndale House Publishers who sent me the new 24/7 A One Year Chronological Bible to review.Upon first opening the package from Tyndale, I was surprised by its small size. It is the same height as my pocket bible except it’s a lot thicker, about twice as thick as my pocket …

The NLT Study Bible is officially released today

Congratulations to Tyndale on its brand new NLT Study Bible.Today, September 15, 2008, is the official release date of the long awaited NLT Study Bible. The NLT Study Bible Blog has just posted a press release today about some of its blog reviews on the blogosphere. The NLTSB really does deserve the attention it’s been …

What are the most authoritative translations?

ElShaddai Edwards and I have been conversing about the REB/NEB over at his blog at He is Sufficient. Our conversation has become an interesting conversation regarding the authority of bible translations.ElShaddai said to me: “Thank you for using “authoritative” instead of “accurate”. It’s an interesting distinction and one that I’ve been thinking of exploring rather …

The NLT Study Bible by Tyndale House

Three weeks ago, I received in the mail an advanced copy of the NLT Study Bible (NLTSB) from Tyndale House Publishers to review and have finally gotten around to writing this review. The NLTSB is scheduled for official release on September 15, 2008 and I'm sure many people will be impressed by it. I have …

NLT gaining ground for August 2008

CBA’s new stats for bible translation unit and dollar sales has been released for August 2008. Unit Sales NIVNLTNKJVKJVESVHCSBReina Valera 1960 (Spanish)The MessageNASBInt’l Children’s Bible Dollar Sales NIVKJVNLTNKJVHCSBNASBESVThe MessageTNIVInt’l Children’s Bible What has surprised me is that the NLT has gained the #2 spot in unit sales. Previously, the NKJV and KJV were holding #2 …

Living Bible: predecessor to the New Living Translation

I’m a fan of the New Living Translation (NLTse). It’s actually my second favorite translation after the TNIV. A few days ago, an elderly lady in my bible study told me she was reading from the Living Bible. I was suspicious so I clarified it with her later and learned that she was actually using …

Was it Paul or a man in Christ who was caught up in Third Heaven?

I was reading 2 Corinthians 12:2 (vv.1-7) the other day and noticed that the New Living Translation (NLTse) was the only major translation that rendered it the way it did--quite different from the other translations. The NLT made a big change in how it interprets this verse. In other translations, the one who went to …

TNIV will gain trust and readership

As I was reading the December issue of Christianity Today, I noticed a full-page ad for the TNIV Reference Bible. But the ad said that it would be available in the new year. I was delighted to see that they were doing more marketing for the TNIV for 2008. Anyway, I don’t think the TNIV …

John 4:13-16 Did Jesus tell the woman at the well that living water is mainly for men?

In John 4:13-16, the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus tells her that whoever drinks the water he gives will never thirst, and that a spring of water will well up or spring up into eternal life. In this passage, Jesus is clearly including the woman too. However, if the reader took …

New great posts

I hope to continue reading the interesting blogs in my circle of blogging friends while I'm away and preparing for my Taiwan trip. I won't have time to write my own posts but some interesting post you should be sure to read are:1. Suzanne McCarthy at Better Bibles Blog also has a very interesting post …

The bible in the marketplace

In the competitive marketplace of bibles, our variety of translations have given us a wide range of choices. Compared to other countries around the world today, governments and rulers control the printing, distribution, and sales of bibles. But in our free world of the free market, our freedoms and liberties have enabled us to further …

Bible is neutral in gender, but God is not neutered of gender

We know what a gender-neutral bible is like (TNIV, NLT, NRSV), but what would a gender-neutral God look like? Such a God would be neutered. In other words, we would have an emasculated God. But the God I worship is one I know as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. …

The TNIV: still timeless truth in today’s language?

I was informed about a new blog that calls itself the TNIV Truth. The blogger, who we now know is Wayne Leman, is hoping that the truth about the TNIV gets out there because there has been a lot of criticism about the translation. Like him and others, I also feel that the TNIV has …

New Living Translation (2nd edition): perhaps the best-reading translation available

Bible readers might not yet know that the New Living Translation now has a second edition, the NLT(2004). Tyndale's first edition in 1997 was very good, but the 2004 edition, which I'll call NLT2, is even better. The new improved quality caught my attention recently. Thanks to Tyndale House marketing for offering to send me …