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The Making of the Twentieth Century New Testament

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During the last fifty years, translation has been especially active and has yielded about 100 different versions, of which 45 include the New Testament or the entire Bible. Each translator has had his special purpose, often reflected in the form of his title. The Twentieth Century New Testament was a pioneer of modern speech versions. It had an important effect upon its generation, and a significant influence upon subsequent versions. If, in addition, its story contains something of romance and mystery, its fascination does not in the least diminish the strategic importance of this version. The title-page mentioned no translator by name and, whoever had done the work, he or they have remained unknown until a recent day. The New Testament may become a living reality to many, by whom the Authorized Version, with all its acknowledged beauties, is but imperfectly understood or never read.

Keywords: Bible; modern speech versions; mystery; romance; Twentieth Century New Testament

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