Which version of the Old and New Testament Bible, which has been translated into the English language, is the most accurate translation of the original version (which I believe was written in Aramaic)?
The Bible is a collection of over 66 books, written by 40 authors over 1400 years. There is no such thing as ‘the original version’. It wasn’t put together as a canon (albeit selectively) more than 250 years after the last book was written. While the Hebrew Scriptures are written in Hebrew and Aramaic, most of the Gospels and Apostolic writings were in a type of Koine Greek which is actually a sort of Hebrew/Greek like Yiddish. I recommend that my students have access to at least 5 different translations because each translation committee has its own ‘rules’ for translations and they each may have different theological commitments (biases). If you can’t read it in the Hebrew or the Greek, you can use tools such as the Theological Dictionary of the OT and the NT. , among other things. I use Bible Search and Study Tools where you can access both tools and translations on every verse.
Cheryl Durham, Ph.D.
Cheryl is the Executive Director at Living Truth. She is also currently Dean of Students and Professor of New Testament Culture and History at Master's International University of Divinity. She holds a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling, a Doctor of Biblical Studies in Worldview and a Ph.D. in New Testament History and Culture.