Welcome! The blog with the facts concerning the differences between the King James Version, and the New International Version!

Welcome!

On this blog all the reasons for the major differences between older translations like the KJV and modern translations like the NIV are given in plain English.

A list of Scriptures already studied can be found at “Scriptures“. If you miss something that is important to you, e-mail me (bibledifferences@gmail.com) and I will provide the facts.

Start here!

See what the blog “Bible Differences” can provide and how it may be of use to you. I focus mainly on the New Testament, but occasionally look at something from the Old Testament.

A list of Scriptures already studied can be found at “Scriptures“.

Some facts:

  1. There are some alarming differences between older versions of the Bible, like the King James Version (KJV) and modern versions like the New International Version (NIV).
  2. The integrity and expertise of Bible translators are above question. Therefore the differences must have a legitimate, logic cause.
  3. The three main causes for most of the differences are:
    3.1 Translation method. The KJV is a direct or word-for-word translation while the NIV is a Dynamic Equivalent, or thought-for-thought translation. Should one stick to the word “lunatic”,  commonly used for a irresponsible person when referring to the afflicted son in Mat.17:15?
    3.2 Linguistic considerations. What should we do when the meaning of a word changes over time?
    3.3 Source text. Many older versions were translated using the Textus Receptus (TR) based on only 6 late manuscripts (±1200-1620) and giving the translator no choice between variations in the manuscripts. Most modern versions use the Nestle Aland text, or the text compiled by the United Bible Societies, taking into account more than 5600 Greek manuscripts, dated from ±125 to 1620, supported by over 19000 manuscripts of ancient translations and quotations of more than 220 Church Fathers. Manuscript evidence is given at every verse enabling the translator to make an informed decision. Should one keep the elaboration on 1 John 5:7-8 when only one Greek manuscript (±1350), and only some Latin manuscripts and only Latin Church Fathers know of its existence up to the first printed version of 1615?

Do also look at the following aspects:

  1. In all handwritten manuscripts, variations do exist. Some are unintentional, other alterations were deliberate.
  2. Legitimate evaluation criteria to evaluate manuscripts themselves as well as typical use of words by the author are used.
  3. Where possible, the effect of alterations on the understanding of the scripture under surveillance is given. Acts 8:37
  4. Not a single aspect of faith or Christian doctrine is affected by about 100 Scriptures studied on this blog, except for Revelation 22:14, where the translation in the KJV has to be interpreted and not taken on the common English understanding of the sentence.
  5. I invite readers of this blog to pose their questions and I promise to give all facts to my disposal.
  6. I also post some graphics of extraordinary manuscripts with links where they may be studied online.
  7. For my Afrikaans readers, I provide most of the same material at www.bybelverskille.wordpress.com.

My prayer is that this blog may enable readers to an informed decision and certainty in their walk with God.

May God be glorified!

God Bless.

Herman.

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About Herman of bibledifferences.net

The reasons for the differences between older Bibles like the King James Version and newer Bibles like the New International Version have fascinated me ever since my studies in Theology at the University of Pretoria in the seventies. I have great respect for scribes through the ages as well as Bible translators, so there must be good reasons for the differences. With more than 5600 Greek manuscripts and more than 19000 manuscripts of ancient translations to our disposal, the original autographs of the New Testament can be established without doubt. I investigate the reasons behind the differences and publish the facts in a post on my blogs www.bibledifferences.net (Afrikaans: www.bybelverskille.wordpress.com) to enable my readers to judge for themselves. Personally I love to make an informed decision based of facts. That is why I endeavor to provide that same privilege to the readers of my blogs. Since 1973 I am married to my dear wife and greatest friend, Leah Page, founder director of Act-Up Support (www.actup.co.za) a prayer ministry for families struggling with drug-, occult- and other dependencies. We are blessed with two daughters and two sons, four grand sons and two grand daughters. God is alive and omnipotent! Glory to His Name! Herman Grobler.
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7 Responses to Welcome! The blog with the facts concerning the differences between the King James Version, and the New International Version!

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Herman.

    I found this page interesting. Good luck with your blog!

  2. Great blog. I am about to start a class on Textual Criticism and Translation Theory. I’m hoping to write my paper on something in Revelation. I’ll definitely be checking back!

    Matt

    • Thank you Matt.

      Concerning Revelation, the only difference I ever found that does have an impact on Christian doctrine and touches on the essence of Christianity, is the one I explored on Revelation 22:14.
      A question to you: Is Rev.22:18-19 only applicable to Revelation, or to the whole NT or even the whole Bible?

      Gob Bless
      Herman.

  3. Hi, Herman,
    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I’m working through a lot of challenging Stuff at the moment, including questions of faith. I believe I will find your blog a great resource…:)

  4. Jim Kerr says:

    Just love what you’re doing here, Herman, it’s fascinating and valuable. I’ve learned something from every post. God bless.

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