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Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament

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Written with the student and interested public in mind, Truth in Translation aims to explain what is involved and what is at stake in Bible translation. It begins with brief treatments of the background to the Bible and its translation, the various approaches to translation, and the specific origins of nine translation versions in wide use in the English-speaking world tod ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by University Press of America (first published 2003)
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Dec 14, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
This is a fantastically important book for all those seriously interested in what the Bible actually says. BeDuhn demonstrates theological bias in every major translation he reviews, and with some surprising results. Mostly very accessible to the non-scholarly aside from a couple later chapters that get a bit bogged down in (probably necessary) Greek syntax. Either skip or slog through them and read the final chapter. I am hoping for something similar to come out that will address many of the ne ...more
Joe Cummings
Oct 24, 2015 Joe Cummings rated it it was amazing
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness," 2 Timothy 3:16, RSV.

Of course when Paul was writing to Timothy, he was referring to the Septuagint Bible. That is to say, scripture for Paul and Timothy was the Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament) which was written in Koine Greek several centuries before the birth of Jesus,Paul, and Timothy. It this was the only "Scripture" that they read and knew.

Jason Harris
Nov 13, 2014 Jason Harris rated it liked it
My review from several years ago originally posted elsewhere:

I recently read Jason David BeDuhn's Truth in Translation and found it deeply intriguing and at times disturbing. I'll give some positive points and then I'll list my concerns.

1. Truth in Translation is a carefully crafted and scholarly work. BeDuhn brings a wealth of research and knowledge to the table.

2. The subtitle is "accuracy and bias in English translations of the New Testament." BeDuhn's work is a provocative challenge to mains
Mar 19, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: individuals willing to set their biases aside in exchange of facts
What Bible translation should one consider the accurate one?

In the words of Jason David BeDuhn, there are none .

This is the first fact that BeDuhn’s book, Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament, would tell you; and it is only understandable to feel offended if you are a pious person with fervent devotion to your religious beliefs. It especially highlights several cases of theological bias in the translation process. Consequently, BeDuhn points out
Valerie Nicgorski
May 03, 2012 Valerie Nicgorski rated it it was amazing
Analysis of Bible Translations Accuracy very Enlightening! *Must Read*
Mar 18, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in a long time.Jason David BeDuhn, Ph.D. is an historian of religion and culture, currently Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University. Dr BeDuhn neither represents nor endorses any particular denomination of Christianity. The author's intent is to make use of his credentials to help any Bible reader determine whether the translation he or she is reading/studying is as accurate as possible and as free of bias as possible. Nine translations were ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
If nothing else, every Christian should read this in order to learn the process of translation. Even if I didn't agree with the author on all his insistences (other than the Catholic Bible being one of the better translations of the original Greek), I think it was important to be aware of how the original Greek could be translated- and more importantly, how easily translations can be manipulated even for the best of reasons.
Ilynca Fiedler
Aug 17, 2013 Ilynca Fiedler rated it liked it
Very interesting. Mostly accurate. Got a little technical at parts. Glad I read it. Confirms I'm using the best translation: New World.
Dec 16, 2009 Marnetta rated it it was amazing
One of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time!
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