Differences between Bible Versions

Updated and Expanded Edition

by Gary F. Zeolla



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/1/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9780759625013
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 344
ISBN : 9780759625006

About the Book

The subject of Bible versions can get very controversial among Christians, with sometimes rather heated feelings on all sides. There are those who say the King James Version is the only reliable version and that all other versions are "perversions." Then there are others who say it doesn't matter which Bible versions one uses, that they are all reliable in their own right.

This book takes a middle approach. It disagrees with the KJV-only advocates in recognizing there are some modern Bible versions that are just as, if not more reliable than the KJV. But this book also recognizes that there are significant differences between Bible versions and that not all versions are reliable.

Specifically, this book has three main standards when it comes to Bible versions:

1. The Hebrew and Greek texts should be translated word for word as possible.

2. The translation should be as readable as possible, but without sacrificing accuracy.

3. The NT should be translated from the Textus Receptus or Majority Greek Text, rather than the more popular Critical Text.

Detailed explanations of why these standards are used are given in the book. In addition, over thirty different Bible versions are evaluated as to how they fit these standards. This book also contains an extended section critiquing "KJV only" arguments.

The material in this book is written as simply as possible so that the average layperson can understand the arguments. But appeal is made to the Hebrew and Greek texts as needed. And most of all, the heated rhetoric often seen in this debate is absent from this book. The material is presented in as straightforward and balanced manner as possible.

So if you find yourself caught in the middle of the Bible versions controversy, not sure which Bible version to use or why, or you simply want to understand the reasons for the differences between Bible versions, then this book is for you!

About the Author

Gary F. Zeolla is the director of Darkness to Light. This ministry addresses Christian theology, defense of the faith, cults, ethics, and many other issues. Research for these topics and Zeolla’s own Bible studies led to his Scripture Workbook: For Personal Bible Study and Teaching the Bible.


Also addressed is the subject of Bible versions. This research led to Zeolla’s book Differences Between Bible Versions and his Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament.


Zeolla also directs Fitness for One and All, which is dedicated to helping people attain their health, fitness, and performance goals. His efforts in this area and his love of the Bible led to his book Creationist Diet:

Nutrition and God-given Foods According to the Bible.