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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 years ago

How many versions of the Bible are there in this world?

There is only 1 version of the Holy Quran, but lots of different translations into different languages.

I heard there are lots of versions of the Bible, so how many version is it in total?

Update:

@Anubis D:

But the original scripture is only 1 version.

Update 2:

@Anubis B:

Version and translation are 2 different meaning.

Update 3:

@Desiree B:

You obviously havnt read the Quran and Old Testament, that' why you sounded ignorant.

Update 4:

@mother superior:

You are obviously wrong, there is only 1 version of the Holy Quran, and God has revealed in the Holy Quran that it will preserve its authencity till the last day of Judgement.

Update 5:

@Itachi:

So what's your question, ask it than?

Update 6:

@Corey:

There are no contradictions, where is your proof for your lies?

Update 7:

@Corey:

Ibn Waraq is not a Muslim.

Update 8:

Why not read the truth:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quran

Update 9:

@Open your chakras:

Stop lying you are the iblis, lol.

Update 10:

@Lone Dissenter:

You are so old and you are lying, there's only 1 version of the Quran.

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  • JJ
    Lv 4
    9 years ago
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    There are 8 primary versions found in history:

    Septuagint - 250 A.D. Written in Greek

    Vulgate- 400 A.D. First version of the Bible which is canonized at the Council of Carthage in 400 A.D. Written in Latin

    Luther's German Bible- 1534 A.D.

    King James Version- 1611 A.D. This is the most widely used versions however it has large number of errors given that none of the writers had a decent understanding of Hebrew.

    Revised Standard Version- 1952 A.D. Literal translation into American English which used the earliest possible text

    New International Version- 1960's & 70's A.D. This is a very good contemporary English version

    The Young's Literal Translation is as close to the originals as you can get, translated by Robert Young in 1898 A.D.

  • 9 years ago

    No one will ever really know. A few years ago some archaeologists found a hand written Bible in the grave of a monk. One of the oldest that we have in existence. It contained extra chapters which do not exist in today's current Bible. Such as a chapter by Mary and Judus. It also contained things such as rules that stated that, you didn't have to be a Christian or go to Church to go to heaven and was apparently, leaning more towards the spiritual side. I only found out about it because of a documentary I watched.

    The funny thing is. This really should be breaking news, not just within the Christian community but world wide i mean extra chapters, for "the Bible". One of the oldest religions in the world. Why is this fact hidden?

  • 9 years ago

    Im not even going to answer your question. You are refusing to even take these responses at all with an open mind. Each person you have responded to you have either stated they are complete idioits such as how you keep saying "Obviously you havent " this and "Obviously you are wrong" that. They are not "obviously" wrong. What you are telling us is that there is absolutely no way possible at all that after a couple thousand years, that book has not changed once. I would buy that for a dollar. Are you a theology expert? I don't think so, so you have no right to refute any opinion here.

  • 9 years ago

    Some facts

    one should know that all the four Gospels contained In the Bible were written by the reek-speaking Christians, who had entered Christianity after the Prophet Jesus. The traditions of the sayings and acts of the Prophet Jesus reached them through the Syriac speaking Christians not in the written form but as oral traditions, and they translated these Syriac traditions into their own language and incorporated them in their books. None of the extant Gospels was written before 70; the Gospel of St. John was compiled n century after the Prophet Jesus probably in Ephesus, a city in Asia Minor. Moreover, no original copy even of these Gospels in Greek, in which these were originally written, exists. None of the Greek manuscripts that have been discovered and collected from here and there and which all belong to the period before the inventions of printing dates before the 4th century. Therefore, it is difficult to say what changes might have taken place in these during the first three centuries What makes it particularly doubtful is that the Christians have been regarding it as quite lawful to romper with their Gospels intentionally as and when they liked. The author of the article "Bible" in Encyclopedia Britannica (Ed. 19731 writes:

    “The main source of the evidence and of the variations are the manuscripts of the N.T., dating from the and to the 10th century or even later. In the process of copying, these manuscripts underwent the revisions that necessitate textual criticism. Some of these revisions were unintentional, as the scribe skipped a word or a line or as he mistook one character for another. Other revisions came from the desire of the scribe to harmonize the text of one Gospel with another or of one Testament with the other; or from his pious wish to "correct" or clarify the text at another point. But now that variations in the text exist, collection of the manuscripts is a difficult task."

    And one thing more i found this in Maududi tafseer

    The truth is that the four Gospels which the Christian Church has recognized as Canonical are neither an authentic means of knowing the Prophet Jesus Prophecies about the Holy Prophet nor are they a reliable source for knowing the correct biography and the original teachings of the Prophet Jesus himself, but by far the more trust-worthy means for this is the Gospel of Barnabas which the Church has declared as heretical and apocryphal. The Christians have done whatever they could to conceal it, and it remained lost to the world for centuries. In the 16th century only one copy of its Italian translation existed in the library of Pope Sixtus V, and no one was allowed to read it. In the beginning of the 18th century it came into the hands of one John Toland. Then, changing different hands it found its way in 1738 into the Imperial Library of Vienna, In 1907 an English translation of this Italian manuscript was printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, but probably soon after its printing the Christian world realized that the book cut at the very root of the Faith which was attributed to the Prophet Jesus. Therefore, its printed copies were destroyed somehow, and then it never went into print any more. Another copy of it, a Spanish translation from the Italian manuscript, existed in the 18th century, which has been mentioned by George Sale in his Preface and Preliminary Discourse to the English translation of the Qur'an. This too was made to disappear, and no trace of it exists anywhere today. j had a chance to see a copy of the English translation published from Oxford and I have read it word by word. I feel that it is indeed a great blessing of which the Christians have kept themselves deprived only out of prejudice and stubbornness.

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  • meena
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Translations & versions are not the same. Bible is now totally corrupted with human ideas.

  • Ross
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    There may be more than one because book of the bible was written by several authors inspired by God.

    The quran is entirely the lone testimony of a deluded bedouin.

  • 9 years ago

    The is only one Bible, but lots of translations in different languages. The Bible was compiled into its present form centuries upon centuries ago. Just like the Quran there are many many translations.

    Atheist

  • 9 years ago

    Thats a difficult question. Each translation into different languages can be considered a different version. So lets start with that.

  • Corey
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Just because there's one version *left* of your fanfic doesn't make it any more true than the Christians' or Jews' big books of myths.

    The Quran contradicts itself, and is contradicted by observations of the world around us.

    If there's only one version of Harry Potter, does that mean it's true?

  • 9 years ago

    "There is only 1 version of the Holy Quran..."

    Err, no.

    Varied compilations of fragments of "the recital" were created in the mid 650s. There were multiple compilations at the time, each using different material based on the recitations of different caliphs.

    In the tenth century there were between 7 and 14 *major* different versions of the Qu'ran available.

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