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Interpretation and Adaptation The Bible and The Iliad Up until the early part of this century the King James Bible was thought to be one of the only reliable English translations of the bible available Of course you had the choice between the Old Testament and the New Testament but unless you were choosing between those the only other options you had were an assortment of colors and binding styles Today however there are over fifty different adaptations and versions of the bible available in English alone not to mention the many more in other languages People are searching for answers in todays world and find themselves turning to the scriptures for guidance and help Some people want to be assured that they are getting the most accurate and literal translation possible for religious purposes Others want a bible that is easy to read and understand More still look for a bible as an example of the first work of prose and wish to learn from it as a piece of literature Even though there are many translations it is not fair to say that one is better than the another as many versions serve different purposes and different people Today we have no perfect translation but there are a number which are very accurate When the King James Bible was translated in 1611 there were very few Greek and Hebrew manuscripts available making exact translation difficult Because of this the King James is not entirely precise In the almost four hundred years since it was constructed literally thousands of ancient Greek and Hebrew manuscripts have been discovered helping modern translators create a more accurate interpretation Many people continue to argue however that this was the most beautiful and elegant translation that was ever constructed and are quick to point out that many modern translations are devoid of the poetry contained in the King James Version because biblical scholars today
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