Bible translations

It’s been too long since I posted here…. First it was Christmas, one of the busiest times of the Church Year for pastors; then it was off to CRTS to speak at and participate in my alma mater’s first Preaching Seminar; then it was getting back into the thick of life in the pastorate.

In the meantime, I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading, thinking, and interacting with others about Bible translation. The Canadian Reformed Churches in which I pastor are faced with the reality that the NIV84, which is in common use among us, is no longer in paper print. So the question is, do we stick with the NIV and adopt the 2011 version, go with the ESV, or do something else?

The CBT (Committee for Bible Translations) of the CanRCs has prepared an interim report  which presents their conclusions concerning the NIV2011. Rather than rushing to my own personal judgment on the matter, I figured I’d like to do a little comparing of the NIV84, ESV, and NIV2011 for myself. I’ve already been reading from all three translations from the time of their respective releases, and comparing them with the original texts, each other, and other English translations. Since I haven’t come to a settled position at this point, I thought a good way of working towards one would be to do a more careful and detailed comparison of these three translations as I do my exegetical work for sermon preparation.

So, if you’d like to peer over my shoulder, I’ll try to post my thoughts as I go along, depending of course on how much time I can scrounge together to do this.

Published in: on February 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. It was interesting to read the CBT’s report. I’m glad we’re being deliberate about it anyway. Look forward to more of your thoughts on this.

  2. I like that idea!

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