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essential guide to bible versions

This section serves as a guide to the English Bible and English Bible translations. This guide should help you understand key points on some history about important ancient manuscripts and significant English translations that have been made throughout history. The book, by Philip Comfort, Ph.D., can also guide you in your selection of Bible versions and give you direction in using each one. View each of the PDFs by clicking on the links below.

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haplography:
A scribal error involving the omission of a word, letter, or phrase, due to the eye accidentally skipping that portion. See also homoioteleuton.
harmonization:
The process of editing a text while copying a certain passage or book of the Bible, in order to make it match the reading in another passage or book of the Bible.
Hexapla:
An edition of the Old Testament published by Origen, who arranged six versions of the Old Testament text in parallel columns in an effort to find the best text.
homoioteleuton:
A scribal error of omission (see haplography) in which the eye of the copyist slips accidentally from one word to a similar word having a similar ending.
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