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"Do We Still Need a Literal Bible? Discover the Truth about Literal Bibles" delves deep into the essential principles of Bible translation, emphasizing the importance of literal translation philosophy. This book is a must-read for anyone passionate about understanding the Scriptures as they were originally written. It explores the foundational aspects of Bible translation, clarifies key terminologies, and critically examines popular translations through the lens of accuracy and faithfulness.


The book begins with an introduction to the basics of Bible translation, detailing the source texts and essential tools required for translators. It underscores the unique nature of the Bible, highlighting its divine inspiration, historical reliability, and theological depth, setting it apart from other great books. The discussion on functional versus formal equivalence exposes the pitfalls of dynamic equivalence and advocates for a literal approach to maintain the integrity of the Scriptures.


Special attention is given to the necessity of accurate Greek and Hebrew texts, addressing common translation challenges, and the impact of cultural context on translation. The book also critiques popular translations like the KJV, NKJV, NIV, ESV, and NASB, ultimately endorsing the Updated American Standard Version (UASV) as the most faithful literal translation available today.


Through detailed case studies and discussions on the influence of theology on translation choices, readers will gain insights into the ethical responsibilities of translators and the importance of avoiding interpretive biases. The book also addresses the future directions in Bible translation philosophy, emphasizing the need for ongoing commitment to literal accuracy.


Finally, "Do We Still Need a Literal Bible?" promotes biblical literacy and provides resources to help readers engage deeply with the Scriptures. It encourages lifelong study and highlights the role of the UASV in fostering a deeper understanding of God's Word.


Whether you are a scholar, a student of the Bible, or someone seeking to deepen your understanding of the Scriptures, this book provides a comprehensive guide to why a literal translation philosophy is indispensable for preserving the truth of the Bible.




  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (July 9, 2024)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 123 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8332614729
  • Item Weight: ‎ 8.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.28 x 9 inches



EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).

DO WE STILL NEED A LITERAL BIBLE?: Discover the Truth about Literal Bibles

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