Before I get into my review of Amplified Bible, Large Print Edition, I want to take a few moments to talk about the Amplified Bible itself. What is the Amplified Bible? The Amplified Bible is the first translation produced by the Lockman Foundation. The Foundation tells us.. “The Amplified Bible is a translation that, by using synonyms and definitions, both explains and expands the meaning of words in the text by placing amplification in parentheses and brackets and after key words or phrases. This unique system of translation allows the reader to more completely grasp the meaning of the words as they were understood in the original languages. Through multiple expressions, fuller and more revealing appreciation is given to the divine message as the original text legitimately permits.” The Amplified Bible is a formal equivalence (word for word) translation, and a very unique one at that. Sometimes, there can be more than one meaning to a word in Hebrew or Greek, sometimes the English translation is difficult to understand. The amplifications give alternate meanings, define the more difficult concepts and generally make the text easier to understand while remaining a word for word translation. Let’s explain Formal Equivalence a little better before we continue. Often it is called a “word-for-word” or “literal” translation, the principle of formal equivalence “seeks as nearly as possible to preserve the structure of...Read More
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