Bible Translations (by Laurence Knopf)

Bible Translations

By Laurence Knopf

Originally the Old Testament was written in ancient Hebrew, a language substantially different from the Hebrew of today, the 39 books that make up the Old Testament were completed by approximately 500 BC. By The End of the first century AD, the New Testament had been completed which was written in Greek and preserved on Papyrus. In the early days of Christianity the Hebrew Old Testament was read in a Greek translation, which was called the Septuagint. Parts of the books of Daniel and the Gospel of Matthew may also have originally been written in Aramaic.

As Christianity spread the Bible was soon translated into Coptic, Latin, Arabic and Syriac, by 500 AD translations could be found in over 500 languages.

The Roman Catholic Church banned further translations as they did not want ordinary people reading the Bible. Instead the Church only used Vulgate, a Latin text which had been translated from the Greek version in 600 AD, only priests were educated to understand Latin which gave them power as nobody could question their Biblical teachings.

The first English translations were made by John Wycliffe in 1380 and by 1455 Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press and mass production capabilities made additional English versions and other translations easily available.

There has been an estimate of 450 English translations with some of the most well-known including:

1. The New International Version which is a completely new English translation based upon Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts which were originally published in 1973. This version is the most commonly used as it is more easily understood since being updated in 2011

2. The King James Version, this begun in 1604 by the Church of England and was completed by 1611. However this version is not as commonly used as the New International version because the language is difficult to understand.

3. The New King James Version was published in 1982 and begun in order to upgrade the language of the King James version whilst keepings its poetic literary style.

4. The English Standard Version was originally published in 2001 and was updated in 2007; the translators used a similar translation philosophy as the King James Version.

These versions are usually categorised in the following:

1. Literal translations which translate the original text word for word into the best English equivalent. These types of translations can be difficult to read because the flow of language follows the original Hebrew and Greek, which is very different to modern English.

2. Dynamic translations which translates the original text by restructuring sentences and grammar. These types of translations are intended to capture the thought and intent of what the writer wanted to say, these are therefore easier to read but have a higher degree of subjective interpretation than the literal translations.

3. Contemporary translations which translates by paraphrasing the thought and intent of the original text into contemporary English. These types of translations are easier to read but the text is largely a subjective interpretation of the translator.

Not every word has a direct match into another language so cannot be translated word by word, therefore every translation requires interpretation. In order to translate accurately, it is important that the translator interprets the original meaning and then finds the equivalent wording. All translators should translate into their mother tongue to ensure accuracy. Wordtrans have a wealth of skill and experience in producing quality translations with the understanding that it takes more than just knowing a different language to become a quality translator.

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Mr. Knopf made one statement that we conclude to be probably inaccurate:

In the early days of Christianity the Hebrew Old Testament was read in a Greek translation, which was called the Septuagint.

The general thought that is usually presented is that in the first century, the Jews read the Old Testament in Greek rather than Hebrew, and that Jesus and the apostles used the Greek Septuagint. While it is possible that the Jews may have had some Greek translations of the Old Testament, we highly doubt that those earlier manuscripts are what we today call the Septuagint. Additionally, we also highly doubt that Jesus and the apostles were quoting from the Septuagint. See our study:

Septuagint Quotes in the New Testament

Do It Yourself Hebrew and Greek

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RRD: I have had an earlier edition of this book for many years. It is a great help to those who wish to learn the basics of the Biblical languages, and how to use various helps (Concordances, Lexidons, etc.).

Biblical Numerics

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While investigating rebuttals to Ivan Panin’s numerics, we note that so far in all of the rebuttals the basic heptadic sums of the vocabularies of sentences that appear throughout the Bible is never given any or much attention. These heptadic sums, to us, are the greatest evidence of numerics that the Bible is the divine work of God. Often it is attempted to show that such numerics can be found in other writings. Yet when one examines what is presented in these other writings, the supposed demonstration falls totally and completely short of the heptadic structure of the Bible. In other words, the one endeavoring to discredit Biblical Numerics presents a few lines, and certain “patterns” are given of occurences of words, etc., which is mostly meaningless as far as trying to make a comparison to the heptadic structure of scripture. At least, this is the case in most of what we have examined; these demonstrations are actually psuedo-refutations, for they do not come even close to duplicating the heptadic structure of the Bible.

On the other hand, we have seen over-zealous advocates of Biblical numerics make what appears to be absurd claims regarding numerics. In some cases, the claim is made that the numerics prove the King James Version is the only true translation of the Bible; this is certainly a false claim, for in many places the sums indicate the King James Version to be incorrect. Nevertheless, these over-zealous claims are thought by many to actually represent Biblical Numerics, and thus, by attacking these false claims being made, some have claimed to prove that Biblical Numerics in toto is false.

Nevertheless, we would not be too dogmatic about Biblical numerics as a method of “correcting” Biblical misinterpretations, as Biblical numerics can also be misused — usually misrepresented — to prove all kinds of things. However, the “heptadic structure” of the vocabulary of Biblical sentences is more solid and can offer great evidence of a copyist error, or where pauses should be, etc. It is in reality a tremendous proof that most of the Greek text as we have it is authentic.

We do not believe Panin’s works to be totally flawless, but there is enough evidence there to convince one of the divine numerical structure of the Bible. Our conclusion is that, while Biblical Numerics can be a useful tool, many of the extreme claims should be avoided.

We are not too sure about the “Biblical Codes” theories (which is something different from Ivan Panin’s and Paul Johnson’s Biblical Numerics studies), as we haven’t studied this very much. On the surface, it sounds too fantastic. While Biblical numerics could be referred to as “codes” in the Bible, usually what is referred to as “Bible Codes” is something different from Biblical numerics, and the two should not be confused. Most people do not discern the differences of the supposed other claims of “Bible codes” such as “Equidistant Letter Sequences (ELS)”, and that of the numeric sums of the vocabulary of every sentence in the Bible. The whole matter is so confused together that to the one being presented with all of these “arguments” and counter-arguments for all sorts of numerics and codes, the result for many tends to dismiss all. Believing as we do in that Satan is a real person, we are sure that this is his intent.

Numeric English New Testament

By Ivan Panin

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Bible Numerics – a site “mainly dedicated to numbers and patterns within the Bible, but other Bible topics such as science and the Bible also get a mention.”
Overwhelming Mathematical Evidence Of the Divine Inspiration of the Scriptures From the works of Ivan Panin; Edited by Dr. Keith L. Brooks; Re-Edited by Bernie Koerselman (Booklet can also be downloaded in PDF format.)
Bible Numerics by Jerry Chin – Presents a study of Genesis 1:1 and Exodus 34:6b-7..
The Astonishing Pattern of SEVENS in Genesis 1:1 By Grant R. Jeffery, from his book: The Signature of God
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Evidence of Design – Beloved Numerologist by Chuck Missler. (We don’t believe Panin would ever claim to be a Numerologist, as the definition of that word usually denotes a form of spiritism.)