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“Southern Baptists Update Bible’s Language On Gender”

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LTRP Note: The following news story in the form of a radio transcript is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement of the content. We have also posted links to two other articles on the issue, one which (The Christian Post) is defending SBC’s actions.

By Tom Gjelten
NPR

Faced with declining membership among millennials, the Southern Baptists are seeking to modernize their language. The denomination has adopted a new Bible with more gender-neutral terms.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Southern Baptists are the largest Protestant denomination in the country, and they’re holding their annual convention this week. Their congregations are mostly in the South and mostly conservative. But like other denominations, Southern Baptists are working to adapt to the times. NPR’s Tom Gjelten reports on how they are trying to change their language.

TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: On the eve of the convention, the president of the Southern Baptists pastors, Dave Miller, announced he’d be quoting from a new translation of the Bible, one issued by the denomination’s own publishing house.

DAVE MILLER: We are using the new Christian Standard Bible. Tomorrow night, if you come back, the first 2,000 people in the door will receive a gift Bible, a very nice gift Bible. I’ve switched to the Christian Standard Bible. I love that Bible.

GJELTEN: Advertisements for the new Bible say it’s more readable than prior translations, but the changes go deeper. Religion writer Jonathan Merritt and a colleague theology professor dug through the new version and found the text used more gender-neutral language. Click here to continue reading.

Two Examples of Gender Changes in the Christian Standard Bible

The word “sisters” is in the CSB in the New Testament 159 times (18 in KJV NT and NASB NT)

The word “human” is in the CSB 216 times (0 in KJV and 39 in NASB)

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2/Setting Aside the Power of the Gospel for a Powerless Substitute

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New [Post]Modern “Bible” Translation Proves More Popular Than Expected

By Audrey Barrick
Christian Post

The Common English Bible, the newest translation touted for its modern, easy-to-read language, is doing better than expected and is now in its third printing.

There are now 500,000 copies of the translation in print, including New Testament-only editions. The entire Bible was released in paperback just last month and is selling quickly, according to an announcement Monday. Sales have exceeded the publisher’s first print-run expectations by 50 percent.

Paul Franklyn, associate publisher, says the surge in interest in the CEB is due in part to recent media coverage. The New Testament edition has been out for a year.

The CEB has been approved for use in classrooms at Fuller Theological Seminary in Southern California. It was given the green light for its gender-inclusive language and its accessible language. Click here to continue reading.

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By Jim Fletcher
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“King James defends Bible from liberalism”

There was so much feedback about last week’s discussion of the King James Bible anniversary that it seems like a good idea to add some further thoughts about the KJV and other various translations before venturing into other subjects.

As mentioned previously, just one of the positive aspects of the KJV is that one doesn’t get commentary that is often coming from a leftwing bias. The KJV translators just let the text do their talking, unlike the geniuses who operate as Bible translation editorial boards today. One only needs to look at the old Interpreter’s Bible and gasp at the long list of liberals who wrote that insufferable commentary. By the way, if you want to torture yourself, crack the Interpreter’s Bible open and just attempt to get through a couple sections of commentary. It is the very definition of bad writing.

One of the things the Christian left has done in tampering with Scripture is forcing an environmentalist, “green” agenda into the Bible. It has effectively taken the discussion far beyond what the Bible intended regarding stewardship.

Many, many conservative Christians, by the way, emphasize careful stewardship of our environment, but that news rarely makes the news. It doesn’t fit the liberal agenda of a knuckle-dragging constituency on the right.

Also, notice what liberal policies have influenced in The Message, the popular version championed by the center-left. Eugene Peterson’s 10-million selling The Message Bible alters Scripture in the name of environmentalism.  Click here to read more.

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