Tim sets straight the assertion that the Bible has been translated many times over and therefore can't be reliable.
00:06 The Bible has been translated many times over, so how can it be reliable? The Bible
00:12 can now be read in nearly 700 different languages. For the New Testament, the
00:17 number jumps to over 1500 languages. It's not surprising that the Bible is the
00:22 most translated book in history. Christians see the number of
00:26 translations as a good thing. More people are able to read God's Word in their own
00:32 language. Others, however, see the number of translations as a bad thing. They
00:38 believe that the Bible cannot be reliable since it has been translated so
00:43 many times over its history. In a Newsweek cover story titled, "The Bible: So
00:48 Misunderstood It's a Sin," journalist and author Kurt Eichenwald asserts this: "No
00:54 television preacher has ever read the Bible.
00:57 Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the Pope. Neither have I.
01:02 Neither have you. At best, we've all read a bad translation - a translation of
01:08 translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of
01:12 copies, and on and on, hundreds of times." if there are multiple steps in the
01:18 translation process, then it's possible that something gets lost in translation.
01:23 if our modern Bible translations are translation of a translation of a
01:29 translation of — well, you get the point —
01:31 then they probably wouldn't resemble anything of what the author intended.
01:36 This would be akin to playing the telephone game with people who translate
01:40 the message into different languages as it gets passed from one person to the
01:45 next. For this challenge, we need to employ the "Just the Facts, Ma'am" tactic.
01:51 Many challenges to Christianity are based upon bad information. They don't
01:55 get the facts right. We can overcome these objections by a simple appeal to
02:00 the facts. So what are the facts in this instance? Eichenwald and those who
02:06 continue to espouse this nonsense are wrong about modern Bible translations
02:13 and how it works. In reality, the modern English translations that we have go
02:19 back to the original languages. Those who can actually read Greek and Hebrew, the
02:24 original languages, are in the best position to know what the authors
02:28 actually wrote in their original language. As a result, there's only really
02:33 one step in the translation process - the original language to the modern language.
02:39 Every modern translation has only been translated once. It isn't a translation
02:46 of a translation of a translation. It's just a translation.
02:48 Therefore, modern translators are in the best position possible to provide an
02:54 accurate translation. This challenge might be confusing the translation of
02:59 the text with the transmission of the text, but that's a different question. In
03:03 the question before us, it is enough to point out that the number of
03:07 translations doesn't affect the reliability of the text.