How many versions of the bible are there?
There is realy only one real version "The King James Authorised Version", most others, are copies from others and a bit altered, and can be misled by reading them.
Many Christians read different Bible prescribed by their pastors or father or priest. There are many versions of Bible written according to ideologies of political Parties or governments.
The only true version is the one God's Spirit moved or "breathed" upon the prophets that wrote those original letters. They were copied and shared so quickly and then many were compiled to write the first bible long ago in the early church ages. What's so supernaturally amazing is how it has been preserved- the Dead Sea Scrolls shows these same writings almost identical the the Bible I have on my desk. we're talking thousands of years!
Since then, scholars have rewritten and translated over and over again many versions. some are better than others- more of a word by word translation from the original greek, arabic and hebrew writings... some are thought by thought translations, that are easier to read today.
Either way- it's not the letters on the page itself seen as infallible- it's The Word... "God Himself Has Spoken" as the book of Hebrews begins... amazingly- it is the REVEALING of truth that is infallible and contained in scripture. just as Jesus is the revealer of truth of who God is- that is why He is referred to as the Word... "In the beginning was the Word"...
There are dozens of different English translations of the Bible, as each one chooses different translations of various words to express what the translation's authors felt
but basically there are about 8 versions with New Revised Standard Version- 1990 C.E.being the newwest.
There are different ways to think of this. If you mean version as in "translation" to English or any particular language, then there are dozens of them.
There really is only one version. It was written in old Hebrew, which is very similar to Aramaic (not Arabic), and Greek. The problem is, we don't actually have the original pages written by the original authors. We have many copies, that go back very far, but we can't prove 100% that every original character has been preserved.
The good news is, we can be *almost* 100% sure, because all the old copies have a very tiny amount of differences between them.
The most important thing about the Bible is its overall meaning. If you worry about a particular phrase or particular word not being translated correctly, it's ok. Jesus himself proved that the "spirit of the law" is more important than the "letter of the law". God wants us to *understand* the *whole* story, more than he wants us to *know* the *words* in the story.
biblegateway lists 20 english translations but i know of at least 4 very popular ones that aren't listed, so that's 24 just in english. they have 70 listed overall so I'd guess there are at least 200. I realize we're talking "versions" vs "translations" but given the differences in the words in the translations, passages can have extremely different meanings so it's really the same thing as far as I'm concerned.
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