What Does Your Bible Translation Say About You?

Posted: September 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

Scot McKnight posted the following over at Jesus Creed re: what your Bible translation says about you…

NRSV for liberals and Shane Claiborne lovers;
ESV for Reformed complementarian Baptists;
HCSB for LifeWay store buying Southern Baptists;
NIV for complementarian evangelicals;
TNIV for egalitarians; 

NASB for those who want straight Bible, forget the English;
NLT for generic brand evangelicals;
Amplified for folks who have no idea what translation is but know that if you try enough words one of them will hit pay dirt;
NKJV and KJV for Byzantine manuscript-tree huggers;
The Message for evangelicals looking for a breath of fresh air and seeker sensitive, never-read-a-commentary evangelists who find Peterson’s prose so catchy
Actually, I think HCSBs are for Southern Baptists who secretly like Mark Driscoll but publically agree with John MacArthur that Driscoll should resign the pulpit while ESVs are for Calvinists who cuss, drink beer and think John MacArthur can just be nasty. 
Personally, I’m waiting for N.T. Wright’s translation of the New Testament.  Still haven’t found a Hebrew Bible I really like.
Also, reading The Voice right now…very disappointed–using phrases like “slake their thirst”? Who talks like that?

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