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Category Archives: Translations

Owning the KJV in America

A recent USA Today article touts the ubiquitousness of the King James Version (KJV) Bible in the United States. They’re cribbing off of a Lifeway Research study that shows “82 percent of Americans who read the Bible at least once a month own a KJV.” The article includes a video that serves as a good […]

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Appreciating the King James Bible, 400 years later

This year marks the 400th anniversary of arguably the single most influential book in the history of publishing: the King James Bible (abbreviated KJV or KJB). As the May anniversary date approaches, numerous books and many more articles are cropping up to reflect on the KJV’s history and significance. We’ll be sharing interesting articles and […]

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Closing post from the Perspectives in Translation forum: the 5 most intriguing changes in the NIV

Last year, the Perspectives in Translation forum launched to provide a platform for discussing Bible translation issues. While the release of the updated NIV provided a context for those scholarly discussions, posts touched on many different Bible versions and translation questions. This week marks the final regular update of the Perspectives in Translation forum, as […]

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The difference between “S” and “s”

Whenever a Bible translation is released, much discussion and debate takes place—everybody naturally wants to know how it differs from previous translations. What have the translators changed, and why? Most discussion centers on a handful of controversial translation topics, with hot-button issues like gender roles in the church and sexuality often taking prominence….

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Perspectives in Translation forum launches—join the discussion!

What makes a Bible translation accurate? Is accuracy defined by exact faithfulness to the wording of the original text? Or is accuracy a matter of capturing the meaning behind the original words? That’s the opening discussion question at the brand-new Perspectives in Translation forum, which just launched here at Bible Gateway. Join the discussion!

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Macedonian New Testament Now Available

The Macedonian New Testament is now online at the Bible Gateway! There are approximately 2 million people who speak Macedonian as their native tongue throughout the world and we’re thrilled that now they can read God’s Word online.

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iGoogle Bible Gateway Gadget

For all you iGoogle users: Trey Meier created an iGoogle gadget that allows you to access the Bible Gateway through your iGoogle page. The Gadget maintains all the functionality of the search bar on Bible Gateway in a compact package. Read on for more information…

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King James Version Old Testament Audio

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added Max McLean’s beautiful performance of the KJV to our audio offerings on The files are in an easy to use flash player that you can find by following this link. You can find all of our audio bibles here. Enjoy!

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Blogging about Bibles

Bible translation is a big and complex subject–and so it’s no surprise that plenty of people are discussing the ins and outs of translation online. One of the better blogs devoted to discussing Bible translation and related issues is the Better Bibles Blog. Lots of good discussion there (and many good related blogs listed in […]

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Why “Christ” instead of “messiah”? And other translation questions

How do Bible translators decide to use terms like “Christ” instead of “messiah,” or “the LORD” instead of “Yahweh”? The Bible is full of specialized and highly nuanced terms, and translators must think long and hard about how to best render them in modern languages. The ESV Blog (a blog about the English Standard Version […]

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