I guess this is a pretty broad question and I'll try to break it down to a few sections. * Are there any valid translations even if they are not made by the Orthodox ?
1. What do the Orthodox think of the original 1582 Rheims New Testament made from the Latin Vulgate ?
The Wycliffe Bible is better.
2. What do the Orthodox think of the King James Version New Testament ?
Junk. Comlete junk. I like to reference the king James just so i can laugh at the translation and their political slants. I'd say the King James is the biggest 'sham' in Christianity today.
There is no best Bible, but heres what I think:
Best Overall Bible (modern English readability, a 'go to' Bible): The Voice
Best Bible for reference, accuracy, comments, footnotes: The Knox Bible
Most accurate Bible on earth to use as the final authority: The Wycliffe Bible
Most accurate, AND easiest reading bible: ESV for the Deaf (i think free PDF online for this)
Most accurate NT for thos serious about disecting verses, debating others, bible study, exact meanings, and getting all information possible... Hands down best: John Mitchell New Testement.
Most easy reading and accurate NT to get the whole story and context: The Voice
Regardless, anything you quote needs to be backed by the Wycliffe as a double check, with the exeption of The Knox Bible as it's often accurate and reliable enough not to be checked to the Wycliffe. The Knox is a masterpiece and the most slept on Bible version there is. If anyone doesnt mind something a bit harder to read, and shuns easy-reading for full accuracy and comments/footnotes, then Knox would be a better choice than The Voice. The Knox seriously puts all the KJV to shame.
The absolute WORST translation of ANY BIBLE is the King James without a shadow of doubt. Its a horrible, horrible translation in my opinion. I'm simply amazed it's taken seriously and saddened that the Orthodox community uses this bible given the comtex of why it was created. Either way, its simply not adcurate in my opinion and should be avoided at all costs.