For more than 2,000 years, scholars have been translating the Bible. And they’re still refining it as they learn more…
The Old Testament was written over a 1,500-year period before the birth of Christ. It was written primarily in Hebrew, with a few portions in Aramaic. The New Testament was written within 70 years of Christ’s death and resurrection (AD 50-100). The writers of the New Testament wrote in koine Greek (“common” Greek). The original manuscripts have not survived, but God’s Word has been preserved through meticulous copying.
Because of the changes in language and scholars’ changed understanding of ancient languages, we usually end up with more Bible translations than we know what to do with! So what are the most popular translations this year? (Note: these are simply a list compiled from the Nielsen Bookscan, and not an endorsement by Rose for one translation over another).
Top 10 Bible Translations
(From Nielsen 2016 rankings)
- New International Version
- King James Version
- New Living Translation
- English Standard Version
- New King James Version
- Reina Valera
- New International Reader’s Version
- Christian Standard Bible
- Common English Bible
- The Message
The Right Bible Translations For You?
What version should you be using for your personal studies? Frankly, we’d recommend using more than one version to get a well-rounded view of the Word, but not everybody has that kind of money! While we can agree there’s no “right” translation for everyone, there are various translations to suit various purposes. Here’s a handy chart that you can use to determine the best fit for you:
FREE “Bible Translations Comparison” eChart
This “Bible Translation Comparison” eChart compares four of the most popular Bible Translations, the King James Version (KJV), New International Version (NIV 2011), New American Standard Version (NASB), and New Living Translation (NLT).
This eChart compares Year published, Method of translation (“word-for-word” or “thought-for-thought”), Sponsor, Purpose of translation, Notable features, Sample verses, enabling you to compare the four versions at a glance. Download It Now!