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NIV 2011: Sample Verses

Biblica and Zondervan has placed the updated NIV online (replacing the TNIV). So what do you think of the new and revised translation? Share some of your views.

You can also read a critical review of the NIV 2011 here (Baptistpress).

As I study through the updated version of the NIV, I still find some problems associated with the translation. Here is the result of my unscientific survey:

Rev. 3:20

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (NIV 2011)

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Italics mine, NIV 1973)

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (ESV)

Heb. 2:6

But there is a place where someone has testified:

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him? (NIV 2011)

But there is a place where someone has testified:

“What is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him? (NIV 1973)

It has been testified somewhere,

“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him? (ESV)

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Codex Sinaiticus Project

Going live on July 24!!

From the website: www.codex-sinaiticus.net

Codex Sinaiticus

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten well over 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible and the manuscript – the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity – is of supreme importance for the history of the book.

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Digital Preservation of Ancient Manuscripts

Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM)

Dr. Daniel Wallace, executive director, is embarking on this big project of putting New Testament manuscripts into digital format around the world. At the end of this project, a total of more than a million digital images will be available for research purposes.

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Christ, a Samurai?

In a New York Times article featured last February 10, a Mr. Akinsiku, has written “graphic” novel entitled “The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation.” This is an innovation to reach to Manga enthusiasts.

According to Mr. Akinsiku: “For the unchurched, the book is to show that this thing, the Bible, is still relevant because it talks about what human beings do when they encounter God.”

So what do you think of the Manga Bible?

The ESV Again

I still endorse the use of the ESV for serious Bible study and personal devotion. Get a copy and see for yourself. You may try reading it at the ESV website.

And the ESV tops it

My students made a survey of some relatively new English Bible versions based on readbility, reliability (trustworthiness), relevance and accuracy. And according to them, the ESV got top marks in three categories, with the NLT also making it in the easy reading category and NASB still getting high marks with accuraccy. The NIV is still coming in strong, however with the TNIV having been introduced, this could affect the rating…

The ESV, since its publication in 2001 has not been quite accepted yet, considering that most church members are still in the NIV era. Hopefully, it will gain more ground among the Chinese church as the standard in English translation.

Advantages of ESV: Scripture memorization, devotion and even for teaching purposes. I have embarked on an ambitious program to memorize the whole book of Ephesians, and naturally ESV is the version that I have decided to adopt.