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essential guide to bible versions

This section serves as a guide to the English Bible and English Bible translations. This guide should help you understand key points on some history about important ancient manuscripts and significant English translations that have been made throughout history. The book, by Philip Comfort, Ph.D., can also guide you in your selection of Bible versions and give you direction in using each one. View each of the PDFs by clicking on the links below.

what are the differences in bible versions? do they matter?
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essential guide glossary

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indirect evidence:
Textual evidence drawn from an indirect source, such as from an ancient version (translation) of the document.
inspiration:
The process by which God enabled the writers of Scripture to record his words and thoughts.
intentional alterations:
Scribal errors produced when the scribe edits the text in an (unsuccessful) attempt to make it more "accurate."
intentional fallacy:
The presumption that a reader can fully understand the original intentions of an author.
internal criticism:
Textual criticism conducted on the basis of internal evidence.
internal evidence:
Evidence for a given reading based on how that reading and other variants most likely occurred.
interpolations:
Scribal additions to a manuscript or translation that attempt to clarify the meaning.
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