September 21, 2014

Christian Confession of Faith (with full Scripture quotes) — I. Scripture

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August 31, 2014

Book Review: Wilbur Pickering’s The Identity of the New Testament Text

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Book Review:

Wilbur Pickering’s The Identity of the New Testament Text

Several years ago, I did some research on the subject of Bible versions. The subject is of immediate interest to English speaking Christians because of the wide variety of Bible versions available. Which is the best one to use? The question is complicated by the fact that there are two separate issues to consider when judging the value of a Bible version. The first issue concerns the method of translation used (static equivalence vs. dynamic equivalence). This part was relatively easy: if God inspired the very words of the Bible, then a good translation would strive for ‘static equivalence’, or a complete and accurate correspondence between the Greek and English words. A Christian needs to know precisely what God wrote in his holy Word (2 Tim 3:15-17). But the second issue concerning the best version of the Bible, is the type of text underlying the translation, and it proved to be much more complex. Nevertheless, I believed that the solution ought to be plain and simple enough that every one of God’s people could understand it. Read the rest of this entry »