Most accurate Bible translation
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Question: What is the most accurate Bible translation?
Answer: Before we arrive at which modern translation is accurate we need to know a little bit about the manuscripts (writings) translators have used to produce copies of the bible such as the King James Version and others.
The common manuscripts used for translating the Old Testament into English are the Masoretic Text (MT) and the Septuagint. The Masoretic text is the textual tradition and marginal notes of the Levitical scholars known as Masoretes. Active from about 500 to 950 A.D., they continued the work of earlier Aaronic priests and Levitical scribes whom Ezra the prophet appointed official guardians of the Hebrew text he helped canonize. Many consider the MT the authoritative Hebrew text of what we today call the Old Testament.
The Septuagint, which means "seventy," is a GREEK version of the Hebrew-based Old Testament. Also called the LXX (the Roman numeral for 70), the text is believed to be the work of seventy Jewish scholars that assembled in Alexandria, Egypt around 285 to 247 B.C. The most common manuscript families used to translate the New Testament into English are the Byzantine and Alexandrian (Egyptian) families.
The Byzantine family, also known as the Traditional or Majority Text, was the text used and preserved by the Greek church from the time of the apostles until the era of movable type printing. This family produced the manuscripts known as the Textus Receptus (also known as the Received or Stephens Text). The Textus Receptus was the base for the New Testament into English by William Tyndale, the KJV and others.
The Alexandrian Text manuscript family is composed of text circulated in the region of Alexandria. This family essentially disappeared for centuries after 500 AD. Their rediscovery occurred in the mid-1800s. Although these manuscripts are quite old, they often disagree with one another and show significant signs of grammatical revision. This family produced the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus manuscripts.