Hello, I was raised Catholic although as a kid I did not take it serious nor did I try to find out what is right or wrong on my own because as kid I did not worry about which religion was right and what bibles were translated correctly. Anyways now that I am older I have been researching more and more about the bible trying to make sure I know what to believe.
I will always believe in God/Jesus no matter what, I am saying I am trying to find ways to find the right bible as best as I can to the most accurate point.
I spent a few hours researching about when what bibles where made, who made them, what time period they came, how they were translated and I would like to hope I made good progress.
Based on my research I had 3 Bibles of which I thought where the closest bibles (as far as I could tell) although I am Catholic I do not let any bias get in my way because I believe in finding the truth no matter if I am wrong or right as long as I find it. So here were the three bibles I had down on my list so far from what I was researching. Correct me if I am wrong on anything.
#1 Douay Rheims Original Translation to English 1610 (Translated from the Vulgate)
#2 King James Version 1611 (Translated from Douay Rheims/Tyndale/Hebrew/Greek)
#3 Tyndale’s Bible 1525-1536 (1st English Translation from Hebrew/Greek)
I will tell you why I choose those 3 as my top 3 to pick from.
First off all the Douay Rheim’s was translated from the Vulgate which was a revised version of the Vetus Latina which I understand is the Latin’s who translated the original Hebrew/Greek Testaments, there for the Douay Rheim Original should be very accurate.
I DID NOT choose the Revised Douay Rheim because I don’t like the fact of people keep changing translations after they have been translated once.
Second, I choose the King James version as one of the more accurate ones because as I understand it King James seen there was errors in other bibles so tried to translate the bible using parts from even the Douay Rheim which I was considering accurate and Tyndale’s Bible which I was saying seemed king of accurate along with they translated from Greek/Hebrew. I choose the King James version as one because the fact that King James had all the best bibles to learn from and translate from that he maybe had more accurate choices to choose from since most likely the Catholics were accurate in the Original Douay Rheim. I understand KJV took out 7 Books.
Third, I chose Tyndale’s Bible because he was the 1st person ever to translate strait from the Hebrew/Greek text and translate it into English even before the Douay Rheims was translated into English. This means Douay Rheims was a translation of a revised translation while Tyndale’s bible was just a strait translation into English.
I am really interested in reading the ORIGINAL Douay Rheims translation but it seems when I check online I can only find the REVISED Douay Rheims which I do not like as much because it makes me think more mistakes can go on from it being translated so many times, in fact when I was researching about the Douay Rheims I read that they tried to revise the revised Douay Rheims and they changed it so much that it was not even considered the Douay Rheims any more.
That is why I really want to find the oldest accurate translation of the bible, I do not want to have alot of translations of more translations where more mistakes can happen. That is why I am asking which bible to you guys seems to be the oldest while being the most accurate.
I was thinking I would like the ORIGINAL Douay Rheims but it seems I cannot find it online.
My question : How much does the Douay Rhimes by Richard Challoner change, because I really do not want to buy a translation that is not even the same as what the original Douay Rhimes stood for, I am trying to get the most accurate bible I can find even if its harder to read.