It's a question every customer faces when they walk into their local Christian bookstore. With so many options, it can be difficult to know where to start. Are the translations really that different? Is one better than the other?

Editors Andreas J. Kostenberger and David A. Croteau, with B&H Publishing, set out to address these questions in their new book Which Bible Translation Should I Use. Though B&H published the HCSB, they thought it helpful to provide readers with a comparative/contrastive look at four major modern Bible translations (ESV, HCSB NIV, NLT). Each author played some significant role with the translation about which they write, and three of the essays were lectures in the Fall 2011 Liberty University Biblical Studies Symposium on Bible translation. QR codes are located on the pages to view symposium lectures as well.

While we would unreservedly commend the HCSB in answering this question, we whole-heartedly commend this book to anyone seeking to purchase a Bible, or simply desiring to learn more about Bible translation. All of the scholars who contributed to Which Bible Translation Should I Use? are top-notch, and the book is a helpful guide to discovering which English Bible translation is best for you. English-speakers have been afforded an abundant stewardship in the way of Scripture, and we see this book as tremendously helpful in that endeavor.


One of the most frequently asked questions related to the Bible is, Which Bible translation should I use?; People often wonder what is the all-around best English Bible translation available. In this book, Douglas Moo, Wayne Grudem, Ray Clendenen, and Philip Comfort make a case for the Bible translation he represents: the NIV 2011 (New International Version), the ESV (English Standard Version), the HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible), and the NLT (New Living Translation) respectively. In each case, the contributors explain the translation philosophy under- lying these major recent versions. They also compare and contrast how specific passages are translated in their version and other translations. Which Bible Translation Should I Use? is ideal for anyone who is interested in the Bible and wants to know how the major recent English translations compare. After you've read this book, you will be able to answer the title question with confidence. You will also learn many other interesting details about specific passages in the Bible from these top experts.

Title: Which Bible Translation Should I Use?

Authors: Andreas J. Kostenberger and David A. Croteau

Price: $14.99 (print) $9.99 (kindle)

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