How do you choose your Bible?
Like many people on this site, both Catholics and Protestants, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to decide which bible would be the best bible to read. I figured there had to be a bible that I could use for study and prayer, which was faithful to what we as Christians (not just Catholics) believed. Obviously, there are differences between Catholic bibles and Protestant bibles, yet from what I’ve studied over the last several months regarding bible translations, our Protestant brothers and sisters are often faced with this same question. Which Bible Should I Read?
Yet, I don’t want for this to be a discussion purely on what the original Greek or Hebrew says. Because as most of us know, the most literal translation of a word or phrase from the Greek or Hebrew, doesn’t necessarily make it the best and yet at other times the most literal translation is far better then trying to infer what is meant. Prime example, Matthew 16:18. From what I’ve read on certain commentaries and study guides about this verse, **Hades **maybe the more correct/literal translation of this passage, yet I’d venture to say that most Christians prefer, the word **Hell **to be used simply because it “better” conveys the meaning of this passage.
So what are your reasons behind choosing the bible and/or bibles that you prefer to read from? Is it merely sentimental? Maybe it was a bible that was given to you by a family member at some memorable time in your life? Maybe for some, they don’t see any differences (other then archaic vs. modern language) between a bible like the Douay Rheims or KJV when compared to the NAB or NIV. Maybe for most of us it simply comes down to how a bible feels in your hands; they love the look and feel of the paper and the type setting or the weight and the size. Perhaps you prefer the KJV or DR because you feel that all “new” modern translations have watered down the Tradition and beauty of these older translations. Or maybe you love the NIV or NRSV because of its readability and these bibles have done more to deepen your faith than any other bible out there.
What do you prefer?