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The Ultimate in NIV Comparison Stats

We’re either over-obsessed with numbers or there are a lot of frustrated sports statisticians out there who got work in ministry.

Then again, maybe the Committee on Bible Translation simply compiled all this to save everyone else a lot of time.

Biggest changes in verses*:

  1. Galatians 32.21% (almost a third of all verses)
  2. III John  28.57%
  3. Ezra  26.79%
  4. Micah  25.71%
  5. Jonah 22.92 %

Least changes in verses*:

  1. Song of Solomon 1.71% (maybe they just didn’t want to go there)
  2. Esther 2.4%
  3. Numbers 3.11%
  4. Philemon 4.00%  (of course it was small to begin with!)
  5. I Samuel  4.20%

*That’s verses as opposed to “words and punctuation” for which changes were not all that dramatic:

Greatest change in words and punctuation:

  1. Proverbs 11.46%
  2. Job  8.27%
  3. III John 8.07%  (appears high in both lists…)

Least changes in words and punctuation:

  1. Haggai  3.59% (I enjoyed his Can America Survive?)
  2. Obadiah 3.62% (there’s a book called that?  — just kidding!)
  3. Ezra  3.66%

You can get all this at this information at this link.   Has there ever been a translation so carefully reviewed and dissected prior to print publication?

  1. November 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Ah yes, the Nowhere Near Infallible Version … wonder if the people who get hung up on infallibility issues etc will wake up to reality at last? God never gave us an infallible book: he offers us grace and invites our trust…

  1. November 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  2. November 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm
  3. February 16, 2011 at 9:59 am

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