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Posted by njk42490 at Nov 29, 2009 10:51:37 AM
Jehovah's Witness Bible?
I personally am not a Jehovah's Witness but love to study out their religion. It would greatly aid me in my studies should there be a New World translation.

Posted by jonmmorgan at Nov 30, 2009 4:46:26 AM
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Since the NT was published in 1950 and the full translation in 1961, it should be under copyright. I imagine only Watchtower could grant you permission to distribute it. It does appear to be available at

Posted by dmsmith at Dec 1, 2009 4:38:09 AM
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Look for the "Diaglot" module. It is the 1942 edition on which the current NWT is based.

It's a long story, but a Jehovah's Witness accidentally led me to Christ. Reading the NWT side-by-side with any other translation is a real eye-opener. You will see that the NWT is obviously a very bad translation.

Bible Desktop has a feature that allows you to compare it and another translation side-by-side with the differences marked up in a middle column. It will clearly show changes, additions and redactions.

Posted by jonmmorgan at Dec 1, 2009 5:45:24 AM
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I'm surprised. I knew the Diaglott and NWT were related to the JW's, but I couldn't find anything saying that one was derived from the other. Also, it is I presume NT only, while the NWT is whole Bible.

Posted by dmsmith at Dec 1, 2009 7:29:04 AM
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It appears that the module is NT only. Comparing it with my hard copy, it is clear the module is a revision of the 1942 printing of Benjamin Wilson's Emphatic Diaglott.

Not only are the "emphatic" parts of it gone, but much of it is different. Some examples:
Matt 1.1-2
A Register of the Lineage of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham. From Abraham proceeded ISAAC ; from Isaac, JACOB ; from Jacob, JUDAH and his BROTHERS.

(Note: ISAAC, JACOB and JUDAH are small-caps, but BROTHERS is all caps. Spacing of punctuation is distinctive.)

The module has:
A record of descent of Jesus Anointed, son of David, son of Abraham.  Abraham begot the Isaac, Isaac and begot the Jacob, Jacob and begot the Judas and the brothers of him.

Another example of John 1:1-2
The book has:
In the Beginning was the LOGOS, and the LOGOS was with GOD, and the LOGOS was God. This was in the Beginning with GOD.
(LOGOS and GOD are small-caps.)

The module has:
In a beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the God, and a god was the Word.  This was in a beginning with the God.

This is not surprising to me. Once when some Jehovah's Witnesses came to my door, we compared Diaglotts, both purporting to be 1942 editions. Theirs read like the module does. I doubt that the Watch Tower Society is going to broadcast its editorializing of the Bible.

It did not give me confidence that what I had wasn't redacted either.

Posted by mdbergmann at Dec 1, 2009 3:43:46 PM
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It's a long story, but a Jehovah's Witness accidentally led me to Christ.

That's interesting, the same happened to me. :)


Posted by truth2btold at Jan 26, 2010 11:30:24 AM
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Check out the book "Truth in Translation, Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament",
by Jason David BeDuhn - Jason David BeDuhn is an associate professor of religious studies at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. He holds a B.A. in Religious studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and M.T.S. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in the Comparative Study of Religions from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of many articles in the areas of Biblical Studies and Manichaean Studies, and of the book, The Manichaean Body: In Discipline and Ritual (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), winner of the "Best First Book" prize from the American Academy of Religion.