Behold, The Look Buddy Bible

This came my way in The Toast some while back, and I have been meaning to share it ever sense. “Behold” is an awkward archaism that Bible translators regularly preserve, because alternatives don’t consistently have the same function in modern English. And so, while this Bible doesn’t always use “Look, buddy” – for variety, it [Read More…]

Early High Subordinationist Christology around the Blogosphere

Let me start this round-up of recent blogging about Christology with a quote from a blog post by Larry Hurtado: All early expressions of Christology have a “subordinationist” character, in that they portray Jesus as sent, empowered, vindicated, and glorified by God (“the Father”). They weren’t touched by the concerns and issues that arose in [Read More…]

Dust in the Wind (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

This meme was inspired by a comment left on Facebook, after I shared Robert Holmstedt’s post about how to render the Hebrew word hevel in Ecclesiastes 1:2 and elsewhere. I think “dust in the wind” (a la Kansas) is a better fit than the Rolling Stones rendering, “I can’t get no satisfaction”… [Read more…]

Star Wars Bible (New Yoda Version)

DISNEY just issued a press release earlier today, to publicize a product that should appeal to both Star Wars fans and people of faith. The STAR WARS NEW TESTAMENT, which is subtitled the NEW YODA VERSION, will feature a creative adaptation of Jesus’ words, based on the New International Version. Sounds like fun! Here’s the [Read More…]

Y’all Version

Y’all have probably heard of the Bible app and website YouVersion. Well now John Dyer, a PhD candidate at the University of Durham, has made Y’all Version, which is not just for fun, but makes the important point that in the underlying languages from which the Bible is translated, the second person plural is clearly distinguished from [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]