The Holman Christian Standard Bible

Bibliographic information:

Clendenen, E. Ray. “The Holman Christian Standard Bible.” In Which Bible Translation Should I Use? A Comparison of 4 Major Recent Versions. Edited by Andreas J. Köstenberger and David A Croteau, pp. 117-156. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012.



The chapter presents the translation philosophy of “optimal equivalence” and distinguishes it from formal and functional equivalence. It also defends the HCSB translation of Exodus 2:5-6; Psalm 1:1; Ezekiel 18:5-9,21-24; Matthew 5:1-3; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 17:1-4; John 1:1-18; John 2:24-3:1; 1 Corinthians 2:1,13; Galatians 5:2-6; Colossians 2:8-15; 1 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 2:12; 1 John 3:3; Jude 4-5; and Revelation 3:20 over against the ESV, NIV, and NLT.


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