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One Bible, Many Versions

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Why So Many?
Henry Ford is famously quoted as saying, "any customer can have a car painted in any color that he wants, as long as it is black." Before 1881 that applied to Bible versions as well. You could read any version of the Bible you wanted, as long as it was the King James Version (KJV). However, since 1881 things have changed, and a surplus of new translations have been published and printed.
Why did (could) this happen? How did the King James get dethroned? Which translation is best for the modern reader? With so manydifferent translations are any of them really faithful to the original?
These are valid questions. However, it is important to step back and get a "big picture" perspective of the situation. To start, we simply need to ask the question, "why are there so many versions of the Bible?"
It is important to understand that there are three basic influences which have given rise to such a wealth of Bible translations recently.
First, in 1881…