Emerson Powery is professor of biblical studies and the assistant dean for the School of Arts, Culture and Society at Messiah University. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Good Samaritan: Luke 10 for the Life of the Church (Baker Academic, 2022) and served as an associate editor for Apocrypha and NT for the Common English Bible translation (2011).

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What’s the Difference Between the NIV, NRSV, and Other Bible Translations?

by Emerson Powery 05-09-2022
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A bookshelf of various bible translations. Mark Boulton / Alamy

Compare Bible translations: What are the differences in English Bible translations, including the NIV, NRSV, ESV, CEB and King James? Beyond the differences in translation techniques, readers should be aware that translators occasionally read their biases into the accounts. Readers of the Bible should compare translations regularly to allow for a broader understanding of the passage and insight into the intent of the original Biblical manuscripts.