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In an era where the sanctity of God's Word is under relentless scrutiny and reinterpretation, the New American Standard Bible (NASB) has long stood as a bastion of literal translation philosophy. But has the latest 2020 edition lived up to its celebrated heritage of formal equivalence, or has it compromised on accuracy for the sake of readability and modern relevance?


"THE NASB: Preserving Truth or Compromising Accuracy?" delves deeply into these pressing questions. This book meticulously examines the shifts in translation philosophy from the respected NASB 1995 Edition to the newer 2020 version. With a concrete foundation in the historical-grammatical method of interpretation, the book unpacks the significance of every word and phrase, revealing the profound responsibility carried by Bible translators.


The book opens with a thorough history of the NASB editions, setting the stage for a detailed comparison. It scrutinizes the 2020 Edition's leanings toward dynamic equivalence, a concerning trend that could lead to more interpretive translations in future NASB editions. Utilizing key passages for comparative analysis, the book evaluates how these changes might affect serious Bible study and theological understanding.


Moreover, the book exposes misleading shifts in gender language and questions the continued inclusion of Textus Receptus readings in the NASB, which may compromise the integrity of the original texts. It also debunks fallacies about Bible translation and readership, advocated by scholars like Leland Ryken, advocating instead for a return to a translation that adheres closely to the original languages of the Scriptures.


This comprehensive critique serves as a wake-up call for every believer who values the inerrant word of God. It emphasizes that translators should aim for nothing less than absolute faithfulness to the original texts, upholding the heavy responsibility of delivering God's truth to humanity, uncompromised and unaltered.


Prepare to embark on a journey that will deepen your appreciation for the magnitude of what is truly at stake in Bible translation and why settling for anything less than a literal translation can imperil the very truth it aims to share.



  • Publisher: ‎ Christian Publishing House (October 22, 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 144 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 9798865099451
  • Item Weight: ‎ 9.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.44 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).

THE NASB: Preserving Truth or Compromising Accuracy?

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