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This page provides a review of a reference work that was consulted while working on the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT). To purchase a copy of the third edition, click here.
Interlinear NASB-NIV Parallel New Testament in Greek and English
By Alfred Marshall
Shows the NASB is reliable while the NIV is not
My experience with the Bible began when my brother gave me a New International Version (NIV) of the Bible in March of 1983. I read though it three times before I became a Christian in the winter of 1986.
Later, I purchased Alfred Marshall’s NASB-NIV Parallel New Testament in Greek and English: with Interlinear Translation. It has the Greek text with word-for-word English translation in the middle column, the NASB in the left-hand column and the NIV on the right. The text is very small for all three translations and the Greek text, so only get this book if you have good vision.
That said, this book enabled me to easily compare the NASB and the NIV with Marshall’s word-for-word translation. Comparing the texts, the NIV was proving to be less than reliable while the NASB matched up with Marshall’s translation rather nicely. So I switched to the NASB as my primary Bible.
Later, I would become convinced that the Textus Receptus and more so the Majority Text was more reliable than the “Critical Text” used in Marshall’s interlinear. So I switched to the NKJV for my primary Bible. Much later, I translated my own Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament (ALT) and now mainly use it.
But still, for a study of the Critical Text, this volume is useful. In fact, I referred to this volume for help in translating the Critical Text variants that appear in the list of textual variants in my Companion Volume to the ALT.
I discuss my Bible Versions experiences in detail in my book Differences Between Bible Versions.
Review of Interlinear NASB-NIV Parallel New Testament in Greek and English. Copyright (c) 2008 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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