Berean Bible Translation(s)

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Georgiadis

Puritan Board Freshman
Yes, plural!


The study translation (BSB) has been finalized and made available online at BibleHub. Print copies are slated for later in the year and the online release of the entire literal translation (BLB) is scheduled for January 2021. The BLB's New Testament draft is already available online.

In many ways the BSB reminds me of a slightly more traditional CSB, landing somewhere between the ESV and the NIV '84... maybe? Just wondering if anyone has done a more in-depth review. I can't find much information about it outside of their website. There was a post on the board back in 2017 but it didn't generate much of a discussion and is now locked. Maybe I should take that as a hint.


The two big players driving the translation appear to be BibleHub and the Discovery Bible software team - both valuable in their own right. However, besides the committee page on berean.bible I don't know much more.

I'd really appreciate any insight about who's behind it and whether or not it's moving forward as planned. First impressions appreciated too!
 
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Taylor

Puritan Board Senior
I'm checking into the translation now. I had always seen it when looking up verses on Bible Hub, but it never really caught my attention. The advisory committee of the translation includes Grant Osborne and Eugene Merrill, so it has some legitimate scholarship about it.

I will perhaps give more thoughts after I sift through it for a day or so.
 

Georgiadis

Puritan Board Freshman
One thing that stood out to me was that they have a public review process. Perhaps that’s standard these days but this is what they wrote on the site:
The Berean Bible Translation Committee has employed an open process where translation tables are freely available and all comments are welcomed and considered.
 

Taylor

Puritan Board Senior
My first observation: Translations that do not work hard to have easy accessibility on all electronic media are doomed to irrelevance. Crossway has done this very well with the ESV, hence its great success. The BSB, on the other hand, has an okay (and just "okay") website, and the PDF version of the BSB looks like someone just printed the Bible Hub website itself. Very, very bad. Now, I understand Bible Hub cannot compete with the resources and funds of a publishing house like Crossway, but still. It is not difficult these days to produce an attractive PDF of any book.

The moral: A translation that is not easy to access use will not be accessed or used.
 
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