A Succinct Critique of the Amplified Version of the Bible

I’ve been meaning to share this critique of the Amplified Bible for some time, but I kept losing track of which episodes of Fighting for the Faith mentioned it.

Thankfully, in a recent Hillsong update Chris Rosebrough, @PirateChristian, once again explained why the Amplified Bible isn’t a good source for studying the Bible properly.

Pastor and podcaster Chris Rosebrough explains, “You do not want to use the amplified [bible] to study God’s word. The amplified translation uses what’s called illegitimate totality transfer … Illegitimate totality transfer is the error that it engages in. Basically it pours every lexical meaning of a word into every instance in which it appears. But words have multiple meanings and it only has one meaning in a particular context so the amplified ignores that context and pours every meaning of a word every time it appears in every instance. That’s no way to understand what God’s word is saying.”

Audio here at the 45 minute mark.

About Julia

Here's what you might like to know about me. My name is Julia and I'm a Christian. I love the Bible and, much less importantly, a good steak. My goal with this site is to share the truth of scripture with believer and non-believer alike, and to specifically encourage believers to study and know the Bible, and warn them of false teachings in and around the church. Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."
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