Accuracy of Translation

The Primary Criterion in Evaluating Bible Versions with special reference to the New International Version

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Weight 0.28 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.4 × 0.3 in
ISBN 9780851517353


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Jun 1, 1989

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In the book, Accuracy of Translation, Robert Martin describes how contemporary bookstores are flooded with a wide variety of translations of the Bible. Some are easier to read than others; some use more colloquial language than others. Are they really any different from each other? Does it matter which one we read in private, or use in church services?

Robert P. Martin believes that scripture is God’s inspired Word. How we translate it is therefore of tremendous importance, not just for biblical linguists but for every Christian. In an uncomplicated and readable way, Dr. Martin explains the principles lying behind contemporary translations, and carefully analyses the New International Version New Testament to see whether it provides a translation which is satisfactory for widespread use in the church today. His study not only presents a critique of the NIV, but also provides insights into Scripture which will help every reader to appreciate the richness of God’s Word and the benefit of careful Bible study.

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1 The Importance of Accuracy 1
2 The Philosophy of Translation 6
3 The Nature of the Bible’s Inspiration 13
4 Dynamic Elements in the NIV New Testament (1) 18
1) The elimination of complex grammatical structures
2) The addition of words in translation
3) The omission of words in translation
4) The erosion of the Bible’s technical terminology
5) The levelling of cultural distinctives
5 Dynamic Elements in the NIV New Testament (2) 41
6) The presentation of the interpretation of Scripture as Scripture
7) The paraphrasing of the biblical text
6 Is the NIV an Accurate Translation? 68
Appendix A: The Revision of the NIV 71
Appendix B: Archaic Language and Translation Philosophy 73
Appendix C: The Textus Receptus and the Text of the New Testament 75
Index of Authors 83
Index of Scripture References 85

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  1. Dorothy Young

    I personally knew Dr. Martin and have a deep appreciation for his scholarship and insight.

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