The NIV Version Bible

The NIV Version Bible is a translation of the Holy Bible made by hundreds of transdenominational scholars from the available Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts. Work began in 1965, the New Testament was published in 1973 and the entire Bible in 1978.

The preface to the NIV states that it is translated into "contemporary English".

I thought that the following form the Preface to my copy of the NIV is a good description of the intentions of the translators concerning the NIV.

"The first concern of the translators has been the accuracy of the translation and its fidelity to the thought of the biblical writers. They have weighed the significance of the lexical and grammatical details of the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts. At the same time, they have striven for more than a word-for-word translation. Because thought patterns and syntax differ from language to language, faithful communication of the meaning of the writers of the Bible demands frequent modifications in sentence structure and constant regard for the contextual meanings of words."

To put the New International Version in my own terminology, I would say that they strived to translate the original writings into modern English while attempting to stay on meaning with what the original writers intended to be said.

The New International Version is what I read. I have not read the King James Version much over the past dozen years or so and when I do, I have a much more difficult time getting the message.

The NIV Study Bible is what I read. I like having the study notes to expand on the material.

You can purchase a NIV Study Bible here.


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