Which version of the bible should I read and why are there so many versions?
December 15, 2005 12:38 PM Subscribe
BibleFilter: Why are there so many versions of the new testament?
posted by necessitas to Religion & Philosophy (52 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to read the Bible. I went to the bookstore the other night to pick up a bible and I was amazed and dazed by the selection. King James, New International Version, New Living Translation, Catholic Bible, Jerusalem Bible, etc.
Why are there so many versions of the bible? Do different Christian faiths (Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, etc.) prefer one translation/version over another? Is there a significant difference between the versions? Finally, if there are significant differences, which one, if any, is most commonly regarded as the true bible?
**Small disclaimer: I am interested in reading the bible, not finding god. I am an atheist, though I was raised Jewish. When I ask about the difference between bible versions, I am specifically talking about versions of the new testament, not the difference between the new and old testament. **