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Jaytee38 Sun 25-Jun-17 01:52:09

Just wondering out of interest as to which translation you prefer and why.
I started reading CSB about 3 months ago and I'm loving it.Its got high accuracy to the original text but easier readability.

I got the she reads truth version if anyone want to look it up. It's a really beautiful bible. A couple a friends have not it after hearing me rave on about it and they love it too.

It isn't one I know and I suspect it is more popular in the USA. I use the NRSV and NIV but like the Jerusalem Bible which is more poetic, the Good News which is more direct and Nick Kings New Testament as it has translation notes.

She Reads Truth derives, as far as I can see, from a conservative protestant perspective. In that tradition women cannot teach men so Bible studies may well be segregated. I really struggle with that idea but then I'm not conservative but if the material helps then great. Just be aware of where it comes from.

Caulkheadupnorf Sun 25-Jun-17 08:11:39

I prefer the CEV but have NRIV at church which is fine. I use the Easy Read Version with work and when doing children's groups sometimes.

I tried the She reads truth app but it was a bit too conservative for me. Friends rave about it though...

Fink Sun 25-Jun-17 12:42:49

I like NRSV best. I used to like Jerusalem before I studied Greek then I was horrified by how inaccurate it was, not just 'poetic' but downright wrong in places. Nick King was one of my teachers so I use his NT sometimes for comparison but not as a primary sit down and read. I like the way he keeps the original gaps and inconsistencies, especially in some of Paul's letters where he breaks off mid sentence and changes track, most translations tidy that up.

Madhairday Sun 25-Jun-17 13:03:16

I like the NIV and NRSV. Both highly accurate and accessible. I'm also fond of the Message , not for accuracy but for poetry, it really speaks to me.

Not heard of the she reads truth version but suspect I wouldn't get on too well with it from what Caulk and greenheart say. What is it about it you like, OP? I haven't heard of the CSB either.

I do find some translations have certain slants but I think NRSV and NiV are fairly unbiased and accurate so I find them best for proper study.

Madhairday Sun 25-Jun-17 13:04:34

Oh and I quite like Tom Wright's own translation in his 'for everyone' series.

Jaytee38 Sun 25-Jun-17 18:34:38

The CSB translation is fairly knew. Here's an article that explains a bit about it.
blog.lifeway.com/womenallaccess/2017/03/13/new-csb-makes-translation-different/

I use the she reads truth bible I don't use their devotionals. What I like about the bible is at the start of each book it has study guides linking to other areas of the bible to show how it all links back to Christ. Their are timeline so you can understand what periods in history the books are set in. There are key verses, well drawn maps and diagrams which all help to explain things further.
And on the superficial side its is a beautifully made bible.
Plus I am getting a lot from CSB translation. I think the version it's closest to us ESV which is used in a lot of churches here. ( N.E Scotland)
Personally I don't find she reads truth to be conservative but each to their own on that.
They have a free daily devotional app if anyone want to look at it.

SheepyFun Sun 25-Jun-17 18:41:19

I use NIV (1984 to be really specific!) for personal use. If I'm preparing a Bible study, I'll usually read the ESV as well. If I'm working with second language English speakers, then Good News or NIRV - we use NIV at church, so the advantage of the NIRV is that it's a simplified version of what everyone else is using. Plus you can get NIRV Bibles with 'adult' covers (same with Good News), which makes it more appropriate for adults who simply aren't fluent in English. Some children's bibles are great, and I'd be happy using them linguistically with second language speakers, but I really don't want to patronise them.

Jaytee38 Sun 25-Jun-17 18:56:28

Sounds like you put a lot of thought in sheepy. I bet they're glad to have you leading their study.

Madhairday Sun 25-Jun-17 21:03:59

I've only just come across NIrV, I want to get hold of a copy, it looks brilliant and much more accessible for those who need it.
The study guides sound good, OP smile I love my niv study bible as it has all sorts of links and info, maps and guides etc. Also quite like the NLT life application bible, not so accurate again but really helpful.
We have a lot of bibles in our house...
The manga one and the Minecraft one are among the favourites with the dc at present grin

We have a lot of Bibles but I love Bible Gateway as I can compare translations online which is helpful as my NT Greek isn't good.

Caulkheadupnorf Sun 25-Jun-17 21:29:22

Modern prints of the NIRV have gender inclusive language

Madhairday Sun 25-Jun-17 22:31:34

Yes I love Bible gateway.

The amplified version is always good value grin

Jaytee38 Sun 25-Jun-17 22:54:43

Bible gateway is so good. I love how you can now read commentary too.

Anyone have a suggestion for a bible for a 1 year old. I'd really love something she can actually put get hands on. I saw a fantastic cloth bible in etsy but it was too expensive. Anything along those lines would be great.

Niminy Mon 26-Jun-17 06:48:08

This one perhaps? I sometimes give it to Baptism families.

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