Twentieth Century Translations

During this century, a large number of translations of the Bible, but particularly of the New Testament, have appeared. They fall roughly into three categories: 

The first group is represented in the display by the Contemporary English Version, published by the American Bible Society, "The Message" of Eugene H. Peterson, and the New Jerusalem Bible of the Dominican Ecole Biblique et Archeologique. 

Of the second group perhaps the most famous (and to some infamous) is the Five Gospels, edited by the Jesus Seminar, so-called, which attempted to determine the precise validity of the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. Also in this category are the New World Translations of the Jehovah's Witnesses, where precise accuracy of translation is essential, and the Schonfield and Bethel Editions, which aim at accuracy of rendering. 

The third group is certainly the most interesting, as it includes versions which aim at particular audiences and therefore do not hesitate to change text, emphasis, wording, or even locale to suit the audience aimed at. The Cotton Patch Version of the New Testament, for example, changes the location of the story of the Good Samaritan to Georgia. In this category are the Black Bible Chronicles, the Glasgow Bible, each of which has obviously particular audiences, and also "At the Start" which attempts to retell the Genesis story for modern Jewish audiences. Andy Gaus' "The Unvarnished New Testament" tries to reconstruct in modern English what a hearer or reader of the original Greek of the New Testament would have understood.

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Multiple book bindings
 #1565, #1483, #1455, #444
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The Five Gospels. The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus. 1993. #1570
Illustration of a town
Glasgow Bible. #1613
Red book cover with gold writing 
Bible for today's family. Contemporary English Version. New Testament. #1477
Illustration of four men 
Rappin' with Jesus. The Good News According to the Four Brothers (Black Bible Chronicles Series: The Gospels. P. K. McCary, Interpreter) 1994. #1577

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