Acts 2:23 – Were Gentiles lawless or merely not abiding by Jewish law?

Were Gentiles lawless or merely not abiding by Jewish law?  What difference does this make? A big one, I think.  Translations that render lawless has connotations of being completely lawless.  Those outside the law implies not holding to Jewish laws, but not necessarily without law.  The rendering in the ESV and CSB imply that Gentiles …

Hosea 6:1 both NRSV and ESV unclear

This week, I came across Hosea 6:1 in my reading.  I was reading it first from the NRSV and was confused; so I checked the ESV and was still confused.  I don't think most people would understand this verse from the NRSV and ESV either (which are currently two of my top-3 translations).  Who would?  …

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 …

Wesley Study Bible by Abingdon

The Wesley Study Bible: NRSV Publisher: Abingdon Press, 2009 ISBN-10: 0687645034 ISBN-13: 978-0687645039 I wish to thank the good people at Abingdon Press for sending me this review copy. The first thing I noticed about the Wesley Study Bible was the abundance of study notes.  The study notes seem to be geared toward the average …

Lutheran Study Bible: NRSV by Augsburg Fortress

Lutheran Study Bible: NRSV Publisher: Augsburg Fortress ISBN:  9780806680590 I wish to thank the good people at Augsburg Fortress for sending me this copy to review.  The Lutheran Study Bible: NRSV is the first study bible published by Augsburg Fortress.  This was a fruit of the Book of Faith Initiative in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in …

A formal translation for my wife

Tonight, my wife asked me: “Which translation of the bible would be good for her to study from?”  I asked her whether she wanted a formal word-for-word translation or a dynamic translation for easier comprehension.  She said a word-for-word translation because she wants to do an indepth bible study.  I already know her favourite translation …

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 …

Thanks to HarperCollins, the NRSV is gaining ground

The October sales figures by CBA are out. What surprised me was the appearance of the NRSV. This is the first time that I’ve seen it on the list. It is a pleasant surprise because this is a great translation that has been underrated by evangelicals for a long time. Since this indicates bibles purchased …

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 …

Brand new: NRSV Discipleship Study Bible by WJK Press

If you frequent the New Epistles blog, you know that I feel the NRSV is one of the best formal equivalent translations today, along with the ESV. In 2008, Westminster John Knox Press (WJKP) has now come out with the NRSV Discipleship Study Bible with Apocrypha. It is supposed to be the first NRSV study …

Romans 6:17 – TNIV vs HCSB vs ESV vs NRSV

Here’s a comparison of Romans 6:17 between four major translations. I was studying this for my sermon preparation and found this interesting difference. Romans 6:17 TNIV:But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed …

Search for a formal translation: NASB vs ESV vs NRSV — a conclusion

After blogging on this series on the three formal equivalent translations, I cannot say there is a clear #1 winner because it all depends on what a person wants in a translation. This may be a post-modern approach but I do respect each person’s preference. All three translations are very good but I do not …

Formal equivalence comparison #4: NASB vs ESV vs NRSV – Acts 2

The comparison between formal translations of the Tyndale tradition continues with Acts chapter 2. This is the last of this comparison series between the NASB, ESV and NRSV. Acts 2:22-23 ESV: v.22: Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs …

Formal equivalence comparison #3: NASB vs ESV vs NRSV–John 19

The comparison between formal translations of the Tyndale tradition continues with the Gospel of John, chapter 18. However, I've included the NET bible in the table. John 19:3 ESV: They came up to him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! and struck him with their hands. NRSV: They kept coming up to him, saying, "Hail, …

Formal equivalence comparison #2: NASB vs ESV vs NRSV – John 18

The comparison between formal translations of the Tyndale tradition continues with the Gospel of John, chapter 18. John 18:4 ESV: Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, Whom do you seek? NRSV: Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, …