Wednesday, March 30, 2005

TNIV Perspectives

I got an email from a friend on staff with CCC yesterday who told me The New International Version of the Bible by Zondervan was being proposed for use by Campus Crusade for Christ. Each fall CCC gives away a free gift to freshman called a Freshman Survival Kit with various things that will help a student with their first year of college life. Included in the kit may be the TNIV.

My friend has heard controversy over this translation (as have I) and I decided to look into it just a bit. Here's what I found quickly (with more to follow):

Point by Mark D Roberts:

On the Debate: Supporters of the TNIV include many of the heavyweights of evangelicalism: Bill Hybels, Lee Strobel, Erwin McManus, Darrell Bock, Philip Yancey, John R. W. Stott, Ted Haggard, Craig Blomberg, Roger Nicole, Timothy George, Dan Kimball, Diane Komp, John Kohlenberger III, Tremper Longman, Jim Cymbala, and Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

His street cred: If a mature Christian is looking for a study Bible, I recommend The Reformation Study Bible (formerly New Geneva Study Bible) which as of this date comes only in the NKJV. It will soon be released in the ESV, however, which should improve readability and accuracy. This Study Bible comes with the best notes of any Bible of which I am aware, though Christians who are not Reformed theologically won’t appreciate it as much as I do.

Counterpoint by Vern Poythress in this article:

I personally swear by the Reformation Study Bible.


Adrian said...

Have found and collated a BUNCH of bloggers who have been endorsing the ESV!

Jeremy Pierce said...

If any time is going to justify the more dynamic kinds of translation, it would be when giving Bibles to the biblically illiterate, which would include at least the majority of college freshmen in the northeast. For that reason, I'd rather see the TNIV than the ESV in the FSKs, even though I much prefer the ESV for my own use.

It's nice to know they've finally found a NE operations director. It's already been too long since Bob left. I'm sure they're looking forward to your arrival. I'm out of the loop with staff goings-on since my brother left the NE regional office and went to Orlando, so this is the first I've heard about you coming.

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