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The New Living Translation was published in July of 1996. With an attractive, contemporary cover, the NLT promoted itself as "Easy to Understand" and "Relevant for Today."

The New Living Translation team consisted of some 90 translation specialists charged with revising and updating Kenneth Taylor's 1970s Bible paraphrase, known as The Living Bible, by checking Taylor's work against the original languages. The translation team was made up of Bible scholars from a wide range of conservative and evangelical Protestant traditions.

Ancient weights and measures were converted to modern equivalents, and currency was identified according to its approximate weight in precious metals. Time designations were updated to approximate modern equivalents either by references to seasons or, when possible, actual dates. Idiomatic expressions were translated to their nearest modern equivalent. Metaphorical language was generally maintained, although an effort was made to help the reader understand the meaning of the metaphor.

Footnotes clarify the text, identifying Old Testament passages, cultural and historical information, textual variants, the meaning of proper names, transliterations of place names, and alternative renderings.

The New Living Translation claims to be the first adult-level Bible translated by evangelical scholars using the dynamic-equivalence method of translation. It is written at a 6th-grade reading level, higher than that of the New Century Version or the Contemporary English Version. It contains sentences of greater length and complexity than either of these other two translations. For this reason, it finds an audience among adults who find themselves torn between the flow of verbal translation like the NIV or the NKJV and the simplicity of the NCV or CEV.

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface. -- Genesis 1:1-2

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. -- John 3:16



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