John Wesley's translation of the New Testament is lesser known than his sermons and Notes on the Bible, yet it deserves recognition for its effort to revised the King James (or Authorized) Version with updated language. By studying a Greek text carefully, Wesley made about 12,000 changes to the King James text. Wesley was, however, careful and precise in doing so, as he explains. "I have never knowingly, so much as in one place, altered it for altering's sake; but there only, where, first, the sense was made better, stronger, clearer or more consistent with the context; secondly, where the sense being equally good, the phrase was better or nearer the original." The Wesley New Testament is in chapter/paragraph form, not versified.
John Wesley (1703 - 1791) was an 18th-century Anglican clergyman and Christian theologian who was an early leader in the Methodist movement.
These files were made available from the Holiness Classics Library of the Wesley Center Online at http://wesley.nnu.edu.
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