New Testament

Week 2: Origins & translation of the New Testament

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15 September 2022

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Reliable Modern Bible Translations

Additional reading and links

  • For a very accessible and easy-to-read introduction to the differences between early manuscripts of the New Testament, I highly recommend Bart Ehrman’s book Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible And Why (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2005). Ehrman is one of the leading scholars on the text of the New Testament. You can read his book online for free at the link above, or purchase it in print or for Kindle for less than $15 at Amazon.com.

  • For a Latter-day Saint perspective on the development of the New Testament, I also warmly recommend Kent P. Jackson and Frank F. Judd Jr., eds., How the New Testament Came to Be (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University / Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006). You can read his book online for free at the link above, or purchase it in print or for Kindle for about $20 at Amazon.com.

Videos

Some Bible translations are not as reliable as others. Although most translators take great pains to accurately and faithfully rending ancient texts into modern English, some allow their biases to affect their work. An example of this is how the New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (NRSVue, 2021) has handled some of teachings of Paul regarding homosexual behavior. In this video, Baptist New Testament scholar Mark Ward explained his concerns about the NRSVue’s treatment of 1 Corinthians 6:9–10 and 1 Timothy 1:10.