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Holy Bible: From the Ancient Eastern Text: George M. Lamsa's Translation… (1933)
by George M. Lamsa
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There are those who claim that this is the first complete Bible, and that it dates from the 1st or 2nd Century AD.
This translation is so close to the KJV, that I must believe that the translator used the KJV for most of the translated text, modifying it to explain the Aramaic sentences. When Tyndale did his English translation (used in the KJV and Rheims-Douay) he stated that he kept the word order and sentence structure of the Aramaic, even though he did not know the language. I suppose that he hoped that one day someone would be able to explain all those strange sayings - And Lamsa has done it.
This handsome new edition of the authoritative English translation of the Aramaic (Syriac) Old and New Testaments--the language of Jesus--clarifies difficult passages and offers fresh insight on the Bible's message.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)220.5209Religions Bible -- Modern versions and translations English and Anglo-Saxon Other Minor Translations
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In Lamsa, 1 Peter 3:7 in part reads, "live with your wives with understanding, and hold them with tenderness like delicate vessels, because they also will inherit with you the gift of everlasting life." NASB, "live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life."
Jeremiah 4:10 in Lamsa reads in part, "Ah, Lord God! I have greatly deceived this people." NASB, "Ah, Lord God! Surely you have utterly deceived this people."
This comparison is not meant to criticize the Lamsa Bible but only to show the differences in these two passages, some very stark differences. There are more differences, not that they change the overall meaning of the passage compared to the NASB, but they are interesting and some provoke a deeper understanding of the text. ( )