Answered By: Bo Adams
Last Updated: May 20, 2016     Views: 112

It is a common task to compare English translations, and so fortunately a number of tools have been created to do this. First, of course, you can pull a range of actual translations (the books). You will find Bibles in the call number range BS190-195 range. Many of the popular editions have been pulled from circulation and are in the Reference Room (organized by call number). 

There are a number of websites which allow you to compare translations. One of the most popular is, where you can align popular translations (KJV, RSV, NIV, NASB, NRSV, etc.) alongside one another for comparison. This tool will also allow you to see the original language texts that have been translated.

The most powerful way to see translations is to use BibleWorks (Windows) and Accordance (PC), software created to allow you to search and display multiple translations. These applications are installed on library computers, and they can be purchased for individual use. For questions about these, please contact the reference librarians, or consult the research guides on Bibleworks and Accordance (see links below).

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