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Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation

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This book, by five translators of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible, explains the differences between essentially literal translations and the alternatives.

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Published November 8th 2005 by Crossway
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Todd Wilhelm
I thought chapters 1 (Are Only Some Words of Scripture Breathed Out by God? By Wayne Grudem) and 2 (Five Myths About Essentially Literal Bible Translation, by Leland Ryken) were excellent. Chapters 3 (What the Reader Wants and the Translator Can Give: First John as a Test Case, by C. John Collins) and 4 (Truth and Fullness of Meaning: Fullness Versus Reductionistic Semantics in Biblical Interpretation, by Vern Sheridan Poythress) were very detailed and probably appeal more to the scholarly minde ...more
Coral Rose
Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As a reader of a Greek New Testament myself, I especially enjoyed Collins’ essay “What the Reader Wants and the Translator Can Give: First John as a Test Case.” He looked directly at the Greek words and then how the essentially literal, moderately dynamic and fully dynamic translations treated them. Using just that, he showed how much personal interpretation (I use that term cautiously) is lost when the dynamic translation interprets the basic message into something different. As a child who gre ...more
Kyle Barton
This book disappointed me. I am solidly in the literal translation camp for primary Bible usage, but also find good uses for dynamic translations. I think the main thing is understanding what each translation method can do for a reader. That being said, this book makes some good arguments for essentially literal translations, but in my opinion it is not that well written or winsome, overstates its case many times, and ends with two dud chapters that are overly technical for what most readers are ...more
Victor
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good
This collection of essays does a good job of making the case for the "essentially literal" Bible translation philosophy. I found the arguments compelling. The first three essays are worth the purchase of the book. The strongest case for the "essentially literal" approach are clearly presented.

The Bad
Making the case for a word-for-word philosophy does not need to descend into accusations of malpractice on the part of those that do not follow this approach. Grudem's essay (the first essay)
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William Dicks
To find out what I think about the book, visit my multi-part review of the book here.

I have already written 3 parts, am busy with part 4 at the moment and then the final part will come after that.
Matthew
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well written essays on the necessity of translating scripture word for word from the original languages. Collins and Ryken's articles were especially helpful.
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Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theologica ...more
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