A List of English Bible Translations

There are three general methods for translating:
  1. Formal Equivalence (word-for-word)
  2. Dynamic equivalence (thought-for-thought)
  3. Paraphrase
However, there's really no such thing as a leteral "word-for-word" translation. A literal word-for-word translation would make no sense. See A Literal Translation of Matthew 2:1


Bible Translation Type: Formal Equivalence (word-for-word)
AcronymNamePublication Date
KJV
AV
King James Version
(also known as Authorized Version)
1611
YLTYoung's Literal Translation1862 (Revised 1887, 1898)
ASVAmerican Standard Version1901
MLB
NBV
Modern Language Bible
also known as New Berkley Version
1959 (NT - 1945; NT revised 1969)
BBEBible in Basic English1965
NASBNew American Standard Bible (NASB)1971 (NT - 1963; Revised 1996)
NKJVNew King James Version1982
NRSVNew Revised Standard Version1990
KJ21Twenty-First Century King James Version1994 (NT - 1992)
ESVEnglish Standard Version2003


Bible Translation Type: Dynamic equivalence (thought-for-thought)
AcronymNamePublication Date
WILWilliams New Testament in the Language of the People1937; Reprinted 2000 as Millennium edition.
(See http://www.sprawls.org/williams/)
JPBJ.B. Phillips New Testament in Modern English1958 (Revised 1972)
GNB
TEV
Good News Bible
also known as Todays English Version
1974 (NT - 1966; Revised 1993)
NIVNew International Version1978 (NT - 1973)
ICB
NCV
International Children's Bible
New Century Version
1986 (NT - 1978)
CEVContemporary English Version1995 (NT - 1991)
CWBClear Word Bible1992
NIrVNew International Reader's Version (NIrV)1996
NLTNew Living Translation1996


Bible Translation Type: Paraphrase
AcronymNamePublication Date
MOFMoffatt's New Translation1924 (NT - 1920)
CPVCotton Patch Version1970
NWTNew World Translation1961
LIVThe Living Bible1971 (NT - 1962)
CWBClear Word Bible1992


Other Bible Translations
AcronymNamePublication Date
GUTGutenberg Bible1456
TYNTyndale Bible1535 (NT - 1525)
DRBDouay-Rheims Bible1610
WEBWebster Bible1833
ERVEnglish Revised Version1885 (NT - 1881)
GSPGoodspeed Version1927 (NT - 1923)
WYCWycliffe Biblec1934?
RSVRevised Standard Version1952 (NT - 1946; NT revised 1971)
BCKBeck Bible1963 (Revised 1976)
AMPThe Amplified Bible1964 (NT - 1958; Revised 1987)
NEBNew English Bible1970 (NT - 1961)
NABNew American Bible (NAB)1970 (NT revised 1986)
TEVToday's English Version1974 (NT - 1966; Revised 1993)
SEVSimple English Bible1980
NJBNew Jerusalem Bible1985
NLBNew Life Bible1986 (NT - 1969)
REBRevised English Bible1989
GWGod's Word1995 (NT - 1988)
NWTNew World Translation1961


New Testament Only
AcronymNamePublication Date
DBYDarby Translation(NT - 1871)
WEYWeymouth New Testament in Modern Language1890 (Revised 1912)
JNTJewish New Testament1989
MSGThe Message (New Testament only)1993
GBYGodbey's Translation of the New Testament?


Many of these translations are available at
BibleGateway.com
http://www.biblegateway.com/


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