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« on: May 19, 2012, 10:09:29 PM »

So, I thought I would give everyone a chance to chime in and hopefully create a thread that can be pointed to when asked about Bible versions.  I was going to say 'Top 5' but then there are probably a few that I may not be aware of.  So far, my vote goes for the NKJV New Testament.  For the Old Testament, I like the LXX and NSRV with the Apocrypha.  So, without further delay, ladies and gentlemen- Cast your votes!     
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2012, 11:25:13 PM »

No poll? I was interested in seeing one!
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2012, 11:32:56 PM »

I think KJV and RSV "Catholic Edition" seem good... anything that changes Psalm 1 from "Blessed is the man" to "How blessed are those" or "Blessed are those" doesn't get a second look from me.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2012, 11:39:52 PM »

Top 10? Oy vey.

1. NOAB RSV w Apoc
2. Oxford ESV w Apoc
3. EOB NT
4. RSV-CE v2
5. NABRE

The bottom two don't include the full apoc, so maybe not exactly the best for Orthodox Christians.
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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2012, 12:05:14 AM »

1) King James Version (Thompson Chain Reference Bible--what else?)
2) Orthodox Study Bible
3) New International Version
4) New King James Version
5) New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha
6) Douay Rheims
7) Revised Standard Version
8) New Jerusalem Bible
9) New American Bible (one of the older editions, not the 2011 revised edition)
10) The Orthodox New Testament
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2012, 12:20:05 AM »

Everyone seems to like that NOAB RSV.  I have a regular RSV with (unfortunately) no apocrypha.  I have the OSB and a 1611 KJV.  I like them all.

I also have a million other translations laying around, but those are the three I use.
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2012, 12:40:40 AM »

Everyone seems to like that NOAB RSV.
That's because it includes the entire Apocrypha in a great translation. There are some liberal translation issues I have in the NT, but other than that it's my goto.
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2012, 03:29:44 AM »

I have the OSB for home use but on my computer I have a copy of Breton's LXX English translation.
I also have a thing that compares the Masoretic and LXX side by side. For the NT I guess NKJV or possibly RSV.
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2012, 08:17:52 AM »

1. Orthodox Study Bible
2. Douay Rheims
3. KJV w/ Apocrypha
4. Oxford Annotated RSV w/ Apocrypha
5. St. Ignatius Study Bible
6. KJV
7. NKJV
8. RSV
9. NASB
10. NIV
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2012, 04:35:45 PM »

Everyone seems to like that NOAB RSV.
That's because it includes the entire Apocrypha in a great translation. There are some liberal translation issues I have in the NT, but other than that it's my goto.

Yup. I've been wanting one for a while. Just haven't picked one up yet.
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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2012, 04:59:27 PM »

1. RSV with Apocrypha
2. Eastern Orthodox Bible
3. NKJV
4. NASB
5. KJV with Apocrypha
6. YLT
7. ASV
8. Douay Rheims
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« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2012, 11:36:12 AM »

Everyone seems to like that NOAB RSV. 

There's plenty of good reasons for that.  It's proportioned very well.  For a study Bible, it fits in the hand rather nicely and has an acceptable weight.  It's also quite portable.  The page layout is highly readable without a lot of clutter on each page. The notes/annotations are, in general, quite solid and concise, containing only the most salient points about the text of the Bible necessary for comprehension.  The commentary also includes copious intertextual references.  The commentary is academic but is not shy about having the OT reference the NT.  Even the Deuterocanonicals reference the NT.  Add to this that the RSV is truly a high-quality translation, preferred by many Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants alike, and what you end up with is a Bible that comes as highly recommended.
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