Next to the NKJV/NRSV translations, the Living Bible is one of my favorite paraphrase translations (it leaves botch jobs like The Message in the dust – in the translator’s defense, however, you can read an interview at CT). The Living Bible is easy to read and faithful to the intended meaning of the texts, a great companion for study.
I particularly like the early 70’s illustrated version (cover shown) that includes lots of pics from the Jesus Movemement, probably one of the last big revival movements in the U.S.
Anyway, the original translator has died, leaving quite a legacy. He started Tyndale Publishing because no one would print his paraphrase. Read more at CT:
- Ken Taylor, Translator of The Living Bible, Dies at 88
Founder of Tyndale House Publishers, Christian Booksellers Association, was driven by passion for Bible.
- Ken Taylor: God’s Voice in the Vernacular
Although his work has made him famous, he remained a retiring and modest figure.
- The Living Bible’s Modern Hero
Ken Taylor’s autobiography shows a man who makes nothing of an extraordinary life.
- The Living Bible Reborn
From the Living Bible to the New Living Translation.