These Preachers are Liars

This paraphrase of Jeremiah 14:14 is striking. I’m often in two minds about The Message. What do you think of its rendering of this particular text? [Read more...]

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God’s Government

It seems that I have reached the point in my life where I am doing scholarship even in my sleep. A few nights ago I had a dream in which I was looking into the possibility that “God’s government” would be a good way to translate the New Testament phrase “the kingdom of God.” I [Read More...]

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Translating Genesis 19

There has been a significant amount of discussion online in recent days about the way key terms are translated in Genesis 19, what their connotations were when they were written, and how that should impact the way they are rendered into contemporary vernacular. Daniel McClellan made the above comic on the subject. See too the discussions [Read More...]

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Fundamentalists and Scholarship

I made the same point some years ago in a blog post. But the above image, shared on Facebook by the page Science & Scripture, makes the point much more effectively and succinctly. Does someone claim that they simply read the Bible and have no need for scholars, when they are reading the Bible in translation, [Read More...]

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Whovian Pentecost

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear [Read More...]

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Bad Hebrew = Free Advertising

There is a blog dedicated to bad Hebrew tattoos. I had apparently neglected it for a long time, because in a post from quite some time ago, they shared this gem: The person apparently wanted to profess their love for someone, and so decided to do so in Hebrew using Babylon translation software. If you [Read More...]

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Taking KJV-Onlyism As Far As It Can Go

I thought that the view of the King James Version of the Bible that Stuff Fundies Like shared last week was extreme. Then they shared this doctrinal statement from Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church: Some will think this represent faithfulness to the Bible and to God. But I hope most readers can see it for what it really [Read More...]

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Which Bible Would Jesus Use?

The above image, shared on the blog Stuff Fundies Like, illustrates the problem with using “What Would Jesus Do?” as your guiding principle. People tend to assume that the things that they would do are what Jesus would do. If using the WWJD? principle can’t get you to realize that Jesus wouldn’t use a modern English translation, [Read More...]

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Bible Typos

The claim that the Bible is inerrant, and in particular that the manuscript tradition used by the King James translators was divinely preserved so as to avoid error, is implausible for a number of reasons. But there is one simple fact that is particularly relevant: There have been Bibles which contained typos. Of course, anyone who [Read More...]

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Thanks, Bing

This isn’t something I found online. I actually made the above myself. I saw Facebook offering to translate laughter, and just had to click to see what it offered as the translation. What’s the deeper significance? Laughter is untranslatable? Laughter needs no translation? Bing is useless? All of the above? [Read more...]

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Translations of Translations

I am disappointed whenever a student of mine includes in an assignment the profoundly mistaken notion that the Bible we have today is “a translation of a translation of a translation.” But it is all the more disappointing that we find the same idea in Kurt Eichenwald’s Newsweek article which is titled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” [Read More...]

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