Thanks to all my commentators for a bunch more links on the issue of gender. So in no particular order if you want to follow up on my previous posts on gender and bible translation here are some resources. This might also go some way towards answering David Warnock’s call for reasons to trust the ESV.
My own cursory glance makes me feel that no one translation has probably got this totally right, or at least they havent got it right for when gender neutral pronouns and the use of words like “man” to refer inclusively of women become totally accepted. However, as an example of this issue being taken far too far in my view I will give you the following comparitive verse (taken from an online paper by Earle Ellis.)
ESV 1 Timothy 2:5: For there is one God And there is one mediator Between God and men The man Christ Jesus.
TNIV For there is one God. And one mediator Between God and human beings Christ Jesus, himself human.
For me personally point I am happier with a version that possibly veers too far in the direction of being masculine than one that possibly veers too far the other way. But it is worth pointing out that the ESV and the TNIV are not as far removed from each other on this point as some perhaps think
- A list of free downloads
- Wayns list of ESV links from Better Bibles Blog
- Articles from the ESV site
- Waynes list of TNIV links
- Articles linked on the TNIV site
- CBMW on the TNIV
Books available online
The gender-neutral bible controversy
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth
More than meets the eye
The Word of God in English by Leland Ryken
Books recommended by my readers
Carson Amazon.com: Books: The Inclusive-Language Debate: A Plea for Realism (this has also been reviewed online)
Grudem Amazon.com: Books: Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth : An Analysis of More Than 100 Disputed Questions