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#25 - Spanish Bible versions

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

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Question/insight #25: "What software versions of the Bible are available in Spanish that have the same reliable Hebrew and Greek textual basis as the NRSV?"

Response #25: The American Bible Society (ABS) in Florida publishes Dios Habla Hoy (New York: United Bible Societies / Sociedades Biblica Unidas, 1994, book review). I is a Spanish CDROM version of the United Bible Societies' Today's Spanish Version Bible, which is the Spanish version of the Today's English Version (TEV), also known as Good News Bible. (The TEV is one of the three translations that appear in the BibleTexts' weekly Bible Lesson study aid.)

The ABS's Spanish edition of the Good New Bible is based upon the United Bible Societies' Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Hebrew/Aramaic Old Testament) and the UBS3 (United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament, Third Edition), which were also the basis of the NRSV (The New Revised Standard Version). The cost of this CDROM (stock # 106416) is $79.95, and it can be ordered by phone from the American Bible Society at 1-800-322-4253. (The ABS phone number that has native Spanish-speaking sales people is 1-954-476-6997.) The CDROM also includes the KJV, the 1960 RV, and the 1995 RV.

Both the 1960 RV and the 1995 RV are virtually modern Spanish translations of the KJV. They contain all the underlying textual errors that undermine the accuracy of the KJV translation. There are a number of software versions of the 1990 RV and the 1995 RV that are commercially or otherwise available, but due to the errors in the Hebrew and Greek texts from which they and the KJV are translated, they contain some teachings that are not consistent with Jesus' genuine teachings as represented in the earliest Greek texts of the New Testament.

Another worthwhile Spanish translation is La Biblia de las Americas (La Habra, CA: Lockman Foundation, 1998, book review), which is a Spanish Bible version comparable to the NASB.


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