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NASB missing quotation marks
Last Post 05/18/2016 07:26 AM by JocastaRichard. 11 Replies.
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marka
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03/16/2009 03:25 PM  
It's not really a bug, but it's bugging me. just about every instance in the NT where Jesus' spoken words are quoted there appears to be a problem. Each verse starts with quotation marks, but isn't closed with them. Actually, it's probably more of a case that there are opening quotes when they are not needed.

If there is a block of text that stretches over 5 verses then there is an opening quote at the start of every verse, not just the first one, and a closing quote at the end of the last one. I think the middle ones are being inserted by error.

I'm using mantis 4.0.0 Free with additionally downloaded NASB (Which has been re-downloaded for the new version.)
burggraf
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03/16/2009 03:34 PM  
Yes, I see it. We'll look into this and what happened. Thanks.
marka
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03/26/2009 10:54 AM  
Just to make life more complicated, it happens in other quoted text as well. e.g. numbers 31:25-30. vs 28 has opening quotes inserted half way through the discourse.

Software, don't you just love it :)

Well done. It's a great application.

God bless.

Mark
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03/26/2009 10:14 PM  
Thanks allot for reporting this. We'll track it down.
marka
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07/13/2009 03:47 PM  
Is there any update on this?
burggraf
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07/13/2009 04:22 PM  
Do you have a specific example we can review?
marka
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07/17/2009 08:41 PM  
Anywhere there is quoted text. Try john 3:16-18. Every verse starts with quotes, but there aren't any closing quotes.
dougnoble
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07/18/2009 11:37 PM  
This is not an error! If you look at any hard copy of the NASB this is the way it is printed. So this is true to the publisher's format. I know it seems strange but that's the way they printed it and you cannot change that without violating copyright law.
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07/18/2009 11:43 PM  
Yeah, it looked strange to me, but that's how it is.
dougnoble
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07/19/2009 03:48 AM  
Point 2 of the Fourfold Aim of The Lockman Foundation, (the publisher of the NASB) states "They shall be grammatically correct."
As strange as it may seem, using quotation marks at the beginning of each new verse or paragraph is standard grammatical practice. In other words the closing quotation marks are only used at the end of the quoted passage. Thus the example of John 3:16-18 is grammatically correct and the closing quotation marks only come at the end of verse 21 when Jesus has ended this discourse.
Alan
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07/22/2009 01:58 PM  
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If there is a block of text that stretches over 5 verses then there is an opening quote at the start of every verse, not just the first one, and a closing quote at the end of the last one. I think the middle ones are being inserted by error.
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No, this is not a bug or a mistake.

It's corect use of punctuation, in general, not just in the Bible.

If one person is talking for several paragraphs, each new paragraph has an open quote. But a close quote only at the final paragraph. So in a conversation of alternating speakers you can then see when the other person begins, even if they are not explicitly named.

Look in any novel and you will see this.

E.g., here's Sherlock Holmes speaking for several paras:
http://tinyurl.com/mx852k

JocastaRichard
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05/18/2016 07:26 AM  
I find the program e-sword the most helpful because is has all this in one and you download other translations and a lot more and it is free I found it on UK Dissertation . It should have any translation you want with few exceptions. the Bibles and other features are additional downloads, also free
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