Some Bible questions aren’t easily answered. Find some commonly asked questions about the Bible and Bible translation below. These articles just scratch the surface—we hope these answers spur you on to go deeper in your understanding.

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What makes a Bible “large print” or “giant print”?

Though this seems like it would have a quick, simple answer, the truth is a bit more complex. There are no industry-standard guidelines for large-print or giant-print Bibles. When the Tyndale team creates a large-print or giant-print Bible, we look […]

What language was the Bible originally written in?

Christians believe that God has revealed himself through the Bible. Therefore, those who read the Bible can profit from learning as much as possible about the languages in which it was written, of which there are three—Hebrew, Aramaic (a cousin […]

Why are early manuscripts important for translating the New Testament?

Textual critics working with ancient literature universally acknowledge the supremacy of earlier manuscripts over later ones. Textual critics not working with the New Testament would love to have the same kind of early witnesses that biblical scholars possess. In fact, […]

What text and manuscripts were used in translating the Old Testament?

The ancient manuscripts of the Old Testament are the basic working material used to seek out the original text of the Bible with as great a degree of accuracy as possible. This process is called textual criticism, sometimes designated “lower […]

There are lots of different types of writing in the Bible. How are they united?

The Bible is an anthology of so many different literary genres and techniques that the effect may finally threaten to confuse us. But literary unity will emerge if we remember the underlying principles. The overall framework of the Bible is […]

What determined what is canon?

By its very nature, Holy Scripture, whether Old or New Testament, is a production given of God, not the work of human creation. The key to canonicity is divine inspiration. Therefore, the method of determination is not one of selection […]

When someone mentions the canon, what are they talking about?

The term “canon” is borrowed from Greek, in which kanon means a rule—a standard for measurement. With respect to the Bible, it speaks of those books that met the standard and therefore were worthy of inclusion. Since the fourth century […]

Where does the word “Bible” come from?

The word “Bible” is derived through Latin from the Greek word biblia (books), specifically the books that are acknowledged as canonical by the Christian church. The earliest Christian use of ta biblia (the books) in this sense is said to […]

What are the Old Testament and New Testament?

The word “testament” in the designations “Old Testament” and “New Testament,” given to the two divisions of the Bible, goes back through Latin testamentum to Greek diatheke, which in most of its occurrences in the Greek Bible means “covenant” rather […]