About The Bridge’s Translator
The Bridge Bible has been translated by Dr. Ryan Baltrip. Ryan is an experienced leader, educator, and innovator. He led and grew the largest theological online learning program in the United States, won various awards for innovative leadership, and led two different institutions to be in the top 100 eLearning organizations in the country. Ryan earned his Ph.D. focused on teaching and learning from the University of South Florida (and has a post-doctorate from the University of Florida). He also has two graduate, theological degrees – a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology – and is an ordained minister. In addition to leading innovation and growth efforts in higher education, he has served in a variety of roles in both church and para-church organizations. One of his passions is to help others understand the Bible and its teachings.
Why was The Bridge Bible Created?
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The Bible is a powerful book. It contains God’s inspired, authoritative Word – what He wants us to know about His will for the world and how we can best live in it. However, all English Bible translation are just that, translations. They are done by flawed, imperfect human beings. While many may prefer one translation over the other, there is no perfect translation. This one is not perfect either. However, it is faithful translation that brings the divinely inspired, original author’s message and meaning to life in a way that helps the contemporary person understand God’s Word.
Each Bible translation is just that – a translation. While there is no perfect translation, each one has its corresponding advantages and benefits. The Bridge is the most readable and understandable English Bible translation available. It helps to achieve this goal by putting the biblical author’s message into context and by making the meaning of God’s message clear to the contemporary reader. To see how The Bridge compares to other Bible translations, visit the Comparing Bible Translation and the Bridge article.
The Bridge Bible is proven 30% easier to understand than other leading English Bible translations. How do we know? Over a three-month period, multiple research studies were conducted comparing The Bridge to five other leading English translations (NIV, ESV, NLT, KJV, and Message). They involved thousands of people in blind comparison studies, comprehension tests, etc. The results: participants had a 30% better comprehension of the Bible’s meaning when reading The Bridge Bible. Oh, btw, Revelation rated even higher. People had a 51% better understanding of Revelation when reading Revelation: The Bridge Bible Translation.
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