Quick thoughts on the NIV (latest revision)
February 23, 2012 17 Comments
Recently there has been some dust kicked up in the translation wars. It all started when it was announced that a rather famous, and godly, pastor would have his study Bible published with the new NIV. You would think he denied the Trinity!
I happen to like the new NIV. I think, by and large, the changes (including the gender accurate ones) to it were positive. I live and work in an area where the generic “male” is almost completely extinct. I understand that some people do not share my experience and hearing gender accurate language in the NIV causes a reaction in them similar to fingernails on a chalkboard.
Regardless of our experiences and preferences, it seems to me that we do harm to the church when we impugn the character of the NIV translators. There are differences of opinion regarding the use of gender accurate nouns and pronouns. That’s an in-house debate. Let’s act like it.
To call the NIV the equivalent of the Great Satan sounds a bit too much like the KJV-Only crowd. It is not becoming of the children of God.