Category Archives: Translation

Bible translation blog roundup

I’m working on jotting down some new posts re Bible translation, but wanted to link to some recent posts from elsewhere in blogland: Gary Zimmerli continues to wrestle with the NRSV and other translations, touching on funding for the National Council of Churches, issuing a well-stated call to focus our energy on the Bible’s message… [ Read More ]
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Psalm 91, part 3

An interesting discussion about the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translation over at Gary Zimmerli’s A Friend of Christ blog has sent me looking back at a few of the Old Testament verses that I did translation comparisons on. In one of those, Psalm 91:1-2, the differences between translations (TNIV, HCSB, REB, NLTse) were significant… [ Read More ]
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Wizards, necromancers and soothsayers (oh my!)

Rick Mansfield has begun to assemble an exhaustive list of changes made to the revised ESV (2007) from the earlier edition (2001), a list which includes the attention-grabbing change from “wizards” to “necromancers” in Leviticus (19:31, 20:6), 2 Kings (21:6) and 2 Chronicles (33:6). In response, Peter Kirk has tongue-in-cheek lifted the penalty of death by stoning… [ Read More ]
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Why is it so hard to choose a Bible translation?

Joe Myzia has an interesting post about Bible translation philosophies on TNIV Truth, raising some great questions about how and why we each choose what type of Bible to use. I left a lengthy comment in his post, but wanted to explore the topic a little more here as well. First, a little bit of… [ Read More ]
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This Lamp: The Modern Language Bible

Rick Mansfield has posted his comments on The Modern Language Bible: New Berkeley Edition on This Lamp. The MLB was an early (~1950) effort to use modern language as a translation principle and move away from the archaic KJV. It would be interesting to compare the MLB to the New English Bible, which was first… [ Read More ]
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A Friend of Christ: NLTse Concern

Gary Zimmerli has posted on some concerns regarding the NLTse:  “I have been recommending the new NLTse, and plan on continuing to do so. It’s a fine translation, easy-to-read, and gives you the Word quickly and clearly… as long as you don’t look too close.” His concerns track with some of the notes I previously… [ Read More ]
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Psalm 91 redux

I was looking at the NET Bible online and found that their text and notes for Psalm 91 offer up a possible explanation for the structure of verses 1-2 that I discussed below. First, verses 1-3 in the NET translation: As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, and… [ Read More ]
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Psalm 91:1-2

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, Who abide in His shadow for life, Say to the Lord, “My Refuge, My Rock in Whom I trust.” Another inspirational verse. This one resonates with me because of the adaption that Michael Joncas did in his song “On Eagles’ Wings” (above), which my mom liked… [ Read More ]
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Choosing a modern Bible translation, Part 2

I was gently prodded in the comments of a previous post about whether I had decided on a “modern” translation after comparing a number of verses between various translations. As of yet, I’ve not compared any New Testament texts and will probably start to do so after one or two more Old Testament comparisons. My… [ Read More ]
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Isaiah 40:31

This entry touches on a favorite “inspirational” verse. Mostly because it reminds me of my late mother and her strength in Christ, but also because it reminds me of growing up in Homer, Alaska where it was a very common sight to see eagles in all manners of flight (as well as in all their… [ Read More ]
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