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Question: What is your "First string" Bible translation  (Voting closed: December 29, 2009, 11:22:14 PM)
New King James Version - 8 (8.7%)
King James Version - 10 (10.9%)
Orthodox Study Bible (NKJV NT, SAAS Septuagint) - 21 (22.8%)
New Revised Standard Version - 3 (3.3%)
Revised Standard Version - 10 (10.9%)
New American Standard Bible - 2 (2.2%)
New American Bible - 0 (0%)
Jerusalem Bible - 3 (3.3%)
New Jerusalem Bible - 0 (0%)
Revised English Bible - 0 (0%)
New International Version - 1 (1.1%)
The Orthodox New Testament - 4 (4.3%)
The Greek/Eastern Orthodox New Testament - 7 (7.6%)
English Standard Version - 2 (2.2%)
The Third Millenium Bible - 1 (1.1%)
Sr. Lancelot Brenton Septuagint - 9 (9.8%)
New English Translation of the Septuagint - 3 (3.3%)
(other) - 8 (8.7%)
Total Voters: 41

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« Reply #45 on: October 16, 2009, 11:22:07 PM »

In order of preference:

1) Other, namely Douay-Rheims: All-around, conservative, beautiful translation, has almost all our books in one volume (I think 3/4 Macc and Ps 151 are the only ones not in it, and we don't use those liturgically anyway that I'm aware of)

2) OSB: Useful in that it's got the LXX as its base text, so if I need to do a quick textual comparison, I can w/out too much trouble.  That said...I'm not impressed with this.  When something better comes along (EOB, perhaps?) this will probably become a "freebie" for whomever wants it...

3)KJV: a classic, though limited in its scope and more archaic than the D-R, sometimes sacrificing readability.
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« Reply #46 on: October 16, 2009, 11:23:34 PM »

I generally use a KJV Thompson Chain-Reference Bible. Sometimes I consult the NKJV or NIV, usually online. I don't use an Orthodox version simply because I don't own one yet, though I plan on buying one eventually. I doubt any Bible will supplant the main one I use now, however.
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« Reply #47 on: October 23, 2009, 08:03:57 PM »

I have an Orthodox Study Bible, Brenton's LXX, and the EOB New Testament. I really like the way Brenton's is set up. I wish I could get an Orthodox Bible with English on one side and Greek on the other.
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« Reply #48 on: October 24, 2009, 08:04:39 PM »

I am curious what Bible translation is most popular for Eastern Christians. You may select up to three versions.

My own choices, by the way, are the Orthodox Study Bible, the New King James Version, the Revised Standard Version.

What??!!!


Where is the Douai-Rheims?

My front line translation for sure.  Just picked up the Orthodox Study Bible and have not had much of a chance to read it.  I am worried a bit since much of the modern Orthodox "scholarship" seems heavily contaminated by Protestant textual criticism.
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« Reply #49 on: January 29, 2011, 02:58:11 PM »

I'm suprised the KJV didn't get more love!  Smiley
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« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2011, 05:39:42 PM »

How do EOs feel about translations like the RSV (not the NRSV)?
I like the RSV quite a bit, esp the Ignatius 2nd CE one which I just picked up. Granted the OT is derived from the Masoretic, but the Oxford Annotated has footnotes that shows different words used in the LXX.

KJV is too archaic for me, it's like reading Shakespeare.
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« Reply #51 on: January 29, 2011, 06:52:14 PM »

KJV's language is much simpler and more straightforward than Shakespeare.
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« Reply #52 on: January 29, 2011, 06:54:19 PM »

It'd be funny if the KJV did sound like Shakespeare though... "Verily, verily, I say unto you scribes and pharisees, you will be hoisted by your own petard!"  Grin

EDIT--and yes, I know that's not what was meant. I just couldn't resist picturing Jesus saying that.
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« Reply #53 on: January 29, 2011, 06:59:12 PM »

KJV's language is much simpler and more straightforward than Shakespeare.

It's probably because I'm using the 1611 Authorized Text that has Roman font. But yeah that was a bad comparision. I think textually it would rank up there with his works.

You guys recommend a certain edition regarding the KJV?
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