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Biblical Tribalism

Good words from Scot McKnight:

The Bible you carry is a political act. By “Bible” I mean the Translation of the Bible you carry is a political act. Because the Bible you carry is a political act the rhetoric about other translations is more politics than it is reality. The reality is that the major Bible translations in use today are all good, and beyond good, translations. There is no longer a “best” translation but instead a basket full of exceptional translations.

I wish I could claim credit for this aphorism, or that I could even remember where I first heard it, but I’ve long said the best Bible translation is the one you’ll actually read.

Knight continues,

Each of these Bibles is a good translation. We need to teach our church people that and knock off the politics of translation. Maybe you should vary from week to week which translation you use, announce your translation, and then affirm the value of that translation.

A year of confusing the politics out Bible translations might bring the most clarity!

Food for thought.


1 Comment

  1. Timothy Joseph says:

    Yep! It really is a shame that the variety of good translations is not more celebrated. Do I have a personal preference of course. But that is what it is, a preference. I also encourage those to whom I Pastor that the translation you will read is infinitely better than those that sit on the shelf.
    All the major translations from the KJV, NIV (in it’s multiple forms), to the NRSV and the NET are sufficient to change lives and hearts!



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