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The Oxford Illustrated History of the Bible A richly illustrated account of the story of the Bible written by leading scholars.

Conclusion

The last hundred years have seen a number of significant changes in the English Bible. From essentially the use of one major translation, this century has witnessed a veritable explosion in the number of Bibles produced, for differing purposes and according to different principles. Some have seen this as a pernicious development, because either they are desirous of protecting a particular traditional Bible or they sense a breakdown of reverence and respect for the Bible, because each seems to be translating as is right in one's own eyes. With the proliferation of Bibles and the amounts of money that publishing companies make in selling them, one must raise the question of the ultimate purpose of many of these translations. Nevertheless, continuing attempts to make the Bible relevant in a world changing both linguistically and culturally, as well as developments in principles of translation theory, have encouraged the creation of new versions as well. We now stand at the end of a great tradition of Bible translation that is not as dependent upon the Authorized Version as in previous times. This is due in no small part to the individual work of many different people, some working on their own, and greater numbers working in committees. It is difficult to know the direction that future Bible translation will take, but it is clear that the last hundred years or so have completely transformed the translation of the Bible into English.

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