The Best Bible Translation? Insights on the Greek Manuscripts: An Interview with Keith Trump

Rev. Tony Cooke

You will benefit greatly from the interview I just did with Keith Trump regarding English translations of the Bible and the Greek manuscripts from which the New Testament has been translated. Keith’s expertise in the Greek and Hebrew languages enables him to share outstanding insights on these topics. Enjoy the interview!

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The picture that follows is a fragment from the oldest known copy of John’s Gospel, dating back to as early as AD 125.  It is on display at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England. The two sides contain respectively portions of John 18.31-33 and John 18.37-38.

Below is a copy of the first page of John’s Gospel from William Tyndale’s 1526 translation of the New Testament from Greek. It is estimated that 80-90% of the wording used by Tyndale was later used in the 1611 King James Version of the Bible. It was illegal to translate the Bible into the language of the people in Tyndale’s day, and after a year-and-a-half in prison, Tyndale was strangled and burned at the stake. His final prayer was “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.”