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September 30, 2022
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Easy-to-Read Version
Easy-to-Read Version
Price $12.99
Item code ERV
Publisher WBTC
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Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
By the World Bible Translation Center


  • Full Old Testament ERV Text
  • Full New Testament ERV Text
  • Over 10,000 inline-notes, accessible with a simple tap
  • In-line, single-tap scripture previews included throughout notes

Deaf readers sometimes struggle with reading English because sign language is their first language. The World Bible Translation Center (WBTC) decided to do a translation that would make reading the Bible easier for them. The ERV uses simpler vocabulary and shorter sentences to make it simpler to understand. Ervin Bishop did most of the translating for the WBTC. He used a thought-for-thought or functional equivalence method of translation.

The ERV uses the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (1984) as its Old Testament text with some readings from the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, it follows the Septuagint when its readings are considered more accurate. (The Septuagint is the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew scriptures.) For the New Testament, the ERV uses the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament (fourth revised edition, 1993) and Nestle-Aland Novum Testament Graece (twenty-seventh edition, 1993)

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