The ESV, like the RSV before it, is succeeding as have all other translations in the KJV tradition in communicating God's Word to the people of God very admirably. JohnFH | What does Venus mean? ), Posted by: The best study Bibles have notes which lay out alternatives as much as, or more so, than laying down the law. It's simply easier, but not gratifying. The wording of ESV Psalm 23 on the other hand It's still a valid point. It won't change a thing. A variety of special features and ancillary materials are already available to complement the ESV. But, my concepts of true and belief have been tempered by engagement with post-modernism, Zen and mysticism, among others. Dr. Vance is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Grace Evangelical Society, the Society of Dispensational Theology, the International Society of Bible Collectors, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute. You seem to know this, epistemological, in the same way you know when translators translate the word precisely as the original writer meant it to mean in his time and place and with the meaning he ascribed to it. specifically Protestant. New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. CD-Host | Since I am a Nicene Christian who believes in the holy, catholic church, that strikes me as heretical. Some people in the other thread were saying the NKJV was more literal but I'm not sure how … I owe you dinner, CD. But, as you have made abundantly clear in other contexts, the reason behind all other reasons you hate the ESV has to do with your journey out of the kind of Christianity ESV represents. The original RSV reading, however, is retained in a footnote. .particularly for the less-studious reader who doesn't think about the difference. Show me, as they say in Missouri. * boring 68%. So do I. That being said.... yeah I do hate what the ESV stands for. JohnFH | The ESV is a great translation. Posted by: I can not image how you do it. That's the kind of integrity I respect in a religious leader. I find the NRSV more accurate overall although I prefer the langauge of the KJV for many occasions. Which is why I could talk about salvation in that context. It was released as a New Testament in 1973 and a complete Bible in 1978. There are those who find the NET Bible the best available. But before I go: As CD-Host makes abundantly clear on the post you linked, his real beef with ESV is his perception of an anti-feminine political agenda. http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/docs/html/gnie/gnie.html, Posted by: We, however, will not boast beyond limits, but will keep within the field that God has assigned to us, to reach out even as far as you. First, the ESV claims to be "an essentially literal translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer." fine example of wishful thinking - would suggest. For example, your take on the torture program strikes me as just the kind of thing a left-wing partisan Democrat like yourself might say. JohnFH | I share a deep commitment to it myself, but I have changed much in the past 25 years, and I have learned that 1) True intellectual honesty is impossible without deep humility, and 2) a rigid commitment to purely intellectual honesty will often obscure as much as it reveals ad hinder belief. If I were discussing this with someone else I might seek to address what I saw an the opposite imbalance. God will not abandon him just because he listens to a flawed translation and is never able to read the Bible well, especially not in Greek. The NRSV was the first major "inclusive-language" translation. I also agree with you about almah, but I do not attribute malicious intent, nor does it change the fact that the appropriation of Isaiah, "the fifth Gospel," by the Christian movement, of which almah has been a useful hook, is imbued with wisdom and has helped make Christianity a positive and transforming force in the world. I was making a linguistic play on the phrase. I don't know. And third, the ESV has as its goal, in regards to gender language, to "render literally what is in the original." Yep, I'll even praise the ESV for things they get right. and a little later: "The point was not my personal quest but rather the effect of an NRSV culture vs. and ESV culture with respect to salvation.". The ESV by converting many of the KJV's references to people makes the remaining ambiguous references much much stronger. What I do not accept is that differences of opinion about health care reform and wind-based power have anything to do with the words of the Bible. I don't deny that you have caught on to some problems in the way NIV people tend to process information. I feel that second point needs some elaboration. ESV Psalm 23 The NRSV is the official revision of the RSV. Yeah, again I'm being a logical positivist. The ESV came about in response to the National Council of Churches’ revision of the RSV, resulting in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). You have arranged the furniture in your ideological living room such that these "minor" details are buried under the rug in the closet behind the sofa. An anglicized edition with British spellings for some words is available from HarperCollins UK. There is a good chance those words are going to sink health care reform this year. This means that although "anyone" might replace "any man" and "people" might replace "men" where there are no words corresponding to "man" and "men" in the original languages, the words man and men are "retained where a male meaning component is part of the original Greek or Hebrew." Further by the mid 2nd century we have the Thecla cult (which became the convent movement later centuries) formed which is a female only congregational movement (more detail). He integrates the historical-critical meaning into a symphony of meanings in which traditioned meaning from a variety of epochs is given the consideration and love it deserves. And if so, why? In the process, curiously, they retain many features of the world-views they reject. He is not standard fare in the reading of academically-oriented Bible students. I agree on the multiple translations and even more so translations from wildly different perspectives. But yes, I was genuinely horrified when I learned about Christological translation of the OT. In 1971, the official second edition of the RSV New Testament appeared, but it was still not termed the NRSV. No I'm using the same standard for both liberals and conservatives, statements which the author knows to be factually false. a right. The NRSV Bible Translation Committee consists of thirty men and women who are among the top scholars in America today. DanM | Picasso's art, I suppose, is about as close as possible to pure fiction as one can get - or Paul Klee, of "no importance" both, I realize, to a positivist. My definition of salvation has a line "through faith in the grace." bereft of the delightful mystery and assonance that echoes in the KJV wording preserved in With all the discussion about the ESV, I’ve created a translation comparison that looks at how similar the ESV, NRSV, and RSV are to each other. Only one thing really concerns me, though. I love the effect he has had in popularizing the New School and in particular Elaine Pagels. 4:6; Gal. Therefore, "holy spirit" is always treated with small letters, which makes internal sense for the NRSV translation but may seem strange to church-going Christians who think of the Holy-Spirit-the-third-Person-of-the-Trinity when they read "Holy Spirit" anywhere in the Bible, OT or NT. 1) The NIV is easier to read for most normal people. Posted by: I have no real knowledge of the Hebrew so I'll defer to you on the accuracy (or not) of that translation. So how does she handle it? The NRSV uses gender-neutral language, while the ESV does not. Jerad | The ESV and NASB try to be a literal as possible (no translation is completely literal), while the NRSV and NIV are less literal but contain more polished English. My adopted son is borderline retarded with dyslexia to boot. You add insult to injury by implying that non-evangelicals have wonderful intentions (that is, they have the same intentions you do), whereas evangelicals are dishonest and make stuff up. As for brother vs. believer. So instead of God creating man, he creates "humankind" (Gen. 5:1). I find virtually any study bible (including the ESVSB and Reformation SB) preferable to a bible without those sorts of quick pieces of information. I suggest 1 Corinthians 13, in the KJV version (since you will have no trouble understanding it). DanM | 10.40. 1 In the beginning when God created  the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God  swept over the face of the waters. I don't see how the ESV counters any of that. It uses miles, feet and pounds too. If you want consistency with the KJV for liturgical use the KJV is readably available. Bo | to depart from KJV/RSV diction. Now had the NIV footnotes been honest "for reasons of tradition (sensus plenior) we are using the LXX, the Hebrew actually reads ABC" that wouldn't have happened. John Hobbins | Reading over the comments today, something dawned on me that knocked me over...because with the rest of your intellectual horsepower, I wouldn't have thought it from either conservative John or liberal CD: YOU GUYS ARE FIGHTING OVER STUDY BIBLES!!! I'm a little perplexed by your blanket comment about "NRSV congregations," too. That's a hilarious reconstruction. 1) The greek text X means Y If it has an astrological meaning in that time and place which would have likely been understood by the reader can we fully recover it. Really? September 09, 2009 at 10:24 AM. Bo | 1) The greek text means "Venus". Posted by: It put all the supplemental material back on the table. The HCSB would be the most notable example where they often handle tricky verses by being very dynamic in the text and very literal in the footnote. For example, how much does the God of liberal Christianity have in common with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? I would disagree on the footnotes that come from the translations committee. That is a mark against NRSV. 3:3; Rom. The ESV is a great translation. Some corrupt readings include: Joseph is Christs "father" in Luke 2:33, the words of Malachi are ascribed to "Isaiah" in Mark 1:2, Christians will give account at the "judgment seat of God" in Romans 14:10, the day of Christ is changed to the "Day of the Lord" in 2 Thessalonians 2:2, an "eagle" speaks in Revelation 8:13 instead of an angel, God is not manifest in the flesh in 1 Timothy 3:16, just an unnamed "He," those after the church age who "wash their robes" can partake of the tree of life instead of those who "do his commandments" (Rev. June 23, 2009 at 05:13 PM. 446 +17 Lutheran Private US-Republican. Those outside of your demographic are no less entitled to their stories. The TNIV has corrected most of the mistranslations of the NIV. He's a fiction writer who doesn't clearly differentiate between historical fiction and pure fantasy. And I already told you I'm not a Christian. (i.e. June 23, 2009 at 04:55 PM. I can be sad that PC has cheapened the English language, but nothing is to be gained by bemoaning what is well and truly lost. The RSV was criticized as Communist Bible because it was produced by the National Council of Churches. I'm much more capable of being circumspect about it today than I was then. For example, how much does the God of liberal Christianity have in common with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? I am against such claims on principle. I'm a big fan of dynamic translation. Now those are the facts. I don't worship them. It is a sort of death-wish fulfillment. The author of seven books and two collections of essays, he regularly contributes articles and book reviews to both secular and religious periodicals. I'm not going to repeat my previous objections to your framing of the debate, but now you have qualified your earlier formulations, and if you qualified them a little bit more, we would not be far apart, except that your notion of what a "fact" is seems pre-Kuhnian and pre-Wittgensteinian to me. NRSV Posted by: As a version along the same line, the ESV is a better choice than the NASB. 381. A very high standard of proof needs to be in play. In most people’s recollection The NRSV follows the RSV in being in a more liberal tradition (for example, Is 7:14 as Jimmy points out below has the same problem in both the NRSV and RSV), whereas the ESV is more conservative. At least from my standing point you haven't really made an argument that liberals do the same kind of thing just as much. Again, I agree with John that no event is without meaning and that myths can be quite truth-bearing, but that's not my point. All of this stuff about "brothers" and "sisters" are things that average people never notice, or if they do, they just chalk it up as one more example - there are many, after all - of quaint, archaic language in ESV, of the kind they were utterly familiar with already in RSV if they grew up with that. I had an extended debate on 1Tim 3:12, Titus 1:6 "husband of one wife" or "person with one spouse" (.i.e. 2:6) 9) made himself nothing yvs. a #3). But this is difficult to do.For example, can you tell which of the following verses are addressed to men only (in the Gr… Isn't that funny how human psychology works? There have been a lot of comparisons made between the RSV, NRSV, ESV, and the RSV2CE (which is what the Ignatius RSV is), and they're all quite similar. For me as a younger man, intellectual honesty meant accumulating as much data in it's purest form as possible, objectively and dispassionately evaluating it rationally and/or empirically (if it was empirical data) and drawing only the conclusions "forced" on me, as it were. The NRSV revision of RSV is more thoroughgoing than the ESV revision. It may be quite considerable, but you write about the Greek as though you have both the autograph and the exact same mastery of the language as it was then, including all the cultural and linguistic tools available to an educated first century Greek. I just gave you a good example to work with. She enunciated in such a way that it was understandable. 2:2) Yet, the word worship is retained when Satan tells Jesus to "fall down and worship me" (Mat. July 04, 2009 at 03:16 PM, I suppose this is probably a wasted exercise coming to this discussion so late, but why not? In general, I agree that "mankind" used to be a gender-neutral word, and due to unfortunate extremists on both sides, it became corrupted. In order to show the relationship more clearly, I’ve also included seven other Bibles, including the ASV & KJV. You're the Hebrew expert, not I, but something tells me that the NRSV translation of Gen. 2:18 ("a helper as his partner"), while politically more palatable, is less accurate than the ESV's (and everybody else's) "a helper suitable for him." http://church-discipline.blogspot.com/2009/07/pauls-evil-twin.html. The RSV is the Bible of aged Protestant mainliners. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. It is debatable if the introduction of the word "intercourse" (Num. But then I turn around and use it at a funeral in terms of its canonical transformation within Judaism first and Christianity second such that we do indeed walk in the the valley of the shadow of death, and we do indeed desire to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. So I'm aware how the NRSV typically gets labelled as being for liberals, and how the ESV is for conservatives...but I've noticed there are some important passages where the NRSV gives a better reading than the ESV. I think this led to some of the debate regarding lies and liars above. He's a very popular apologist for the New School; possibly accidentally he seems mainly motivated by anger towards the Catholic Church. It still commands great respect. I write your comment off immediately as an expression of ideological projection. Regarding greater accuracy, clarity, and euphony, the NRSV falls short. From your four categories, I take it you do not understand this most basic of truths. Now the NISB actually gets this right. Whether or not the Tyndale-Geneva-KJV tradition, including its continuations in RSV, NRSV, and ESV, is deemed part and parcel of the work of the Holy Spirit, gifts to the Church catholic, will depend on a lot of things. The KJV … fill in the blank yourself. Thank you for taking the time to respond, and with considerable honesty. texts presumably had apart from the meaning they acquired once contextualized September 11, 2009 at 09:13 AM, This is health care specific, moved discussion to healthcare thread, Posted by: 6:10)? If you mean what does the bible do properly understood to create this, nothing. I did read some other threads that pitted NKJV vs ESV and it seemed the two primary reasons that one would choose one over the other is: 1. CD-Host | early on you wrote "I agree that either bible can lead to salvation. Obviously the point of mentioning Titus 1:6 / 1Tim 3:12 was to talk a passage which is on the borderline. If you want your parishioners to know what the bible says the accuracy wins out. The truth-question is another matter, but there again, you award the prize to the NRSV IMHO on insufficient grounds. It is the extra materials that make it an "atheist bible". With respect to #1, yep I'm a fundamentalist. But if continuity with KJV is an objective, ESV is an obvious and excellent choice. I started educating myself about the history of the church, how people had come to believe what they believed. If your bible is lying about "almah" what reason do you have to trust it about the verses related to salvation by faith? June 25, 2009 at 02:42 PM, OK so it is now confirmed we criss-crossed somewhere. And thank you, Suzanne. Posted by: Claims of dishonesty are seldom made in civil conversation. Well she honestly presents problems with Brown's theories and then expounds on the New School and her areas of agreement The Truth at the Heart of 'The Da Vinci Code'. the Tyndale-Geneva-KJV construct of the Bible and its message. In 1962, the whole of the RSV was slightly revised, but again, the designation NRSV was not used. The psychological processes at work are understandable. It is also the case that NRSV is more accurate in the sense of ignoring the canonical sense a biblical text acquired over time a bit more often. In my case the first crack wasn't the bible but rather a bold faced lie by Josh McDowell and lies in "creation science". I think, BTW, that there are compelling cases for women actually in leadership in the early church, not least Phillip's daughters who were prophetesses, and Priscilla who seems (at times at least) to be the powerhouse half of the Priscilla/Aquila duo. But that is way too limiting. CD, I regret very much that these truths are not grasped by you. That, BTW, is a great strength of the KJV tradition, preserved to a greater extent in ESV than NRSV. Very little, but I also don't think the God of conservative Christianity has much in common with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Sorry if I misled you! And where the terms in Greek are appropriately gender-neutral, I certainly don't have a problem with them being so translated into English. I find NRSV uses more down to earth English structure while NASB uses out there kind of English structure. TNIV did not correct that much from NIV. It is of course a tremendous compliment that you, an unbeliever, pay ESV by singling it out for criticism. (1) First of all, liberal Christians, when they interpret the Bible in accord with their politics, are not necessarily being true to the text, before or after its contextualization in the ongoing stream of the Christian faith. The NRSV is also an updated version of the RSV. I was upset, but I didn't feel personally betrayed. 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