1. Way to marginalize yourselves even further, SBC.

    Take it from this SBCer: using the TNIV or NIV 2011 won’t make you break out in a rash or get an angel sent to ask to check your baptism.



      1. The translations I use regularly are (in this order)

        1. NET
        2. NRSV
        3. NLT
        4. HCSB
        5. KJV

        Indeed, I recently admitted an NABRE was my favorite bible edition of late

        So yeah, “burn baby, burn”.

        I wonder if this means Lifeway is gonna pull all the NIV 2011s from their store shelves?


        1. Lifeway will probably do whatever will make them money. I went to nobts, and of that I am sure, lifeway is a business first and foremost.

          Btw, your list of translations made me smile.


          1. Shh. Don’t tell anyone but a local LIfeway is selling NRSV WITH Apocrypha Reader Editions.
            Actually, they’ve shelved them. Whether any LIfeway customers will buy an NRSVA is another story.

            I just gave my Sunday School teacher, a deacon, an NRSVA. Yeah, first hit of heresy is free.

  2. No surprise here. The SBC like the NIV84, hated the TNIV and now has no use for the NIV2011. They have the HCSB.


    1. And as long as its branded a Southern Baptist bible, how much market share can Holman Publishers hope for?

  3. John

    As an SBCer myself, I almost have to laugh. The convention has nearly turned into a circus sideshow, which is a real shame. There are a great many things the SBC does well, but running a convention is usually not one of them. The number of attendees goes down every year which makes it even easier for the fringe to get an airing.


  4. If HCSB is branded as an SBC Bible where does the fault lie? I own a couple of HCSBs and I’m a Lutheran. I own an NIV84, aTNIV and an NIV2011. OK, I’m a Bible geek.

    I sho at Lifeway occasionally. There is one nearby.

    1. Craig Falvo

      Me too. In fact, Lifeway is the only Christian bookstore within 30 miles. They are kind enough to order my NOAB 4th edition for me. Although I did get a funny look when I asked for the one with the Apocrypha.


  5. Considering the slow death of the physical bookstore, I suppose we should be glad to have any bookstore around. I’m spoilt in having about six in reasonable range.

  6. Just Sayin'

    The Fundies don’t know what to be up to next.

  7. John

    I’ve lost my scorecard, so does anyone know which translations are verboten in the SBC? The only resolutions I can remember are the TNIV and now the NIV (2011 edition). Is it still ok with them to use the NRSV? Also, have they ever had a resolution against the JW Bible?


  8. I grew up in the SBC (Merrimon Ave. Baptist Church, in NC), but I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church and still worship there. Our “official” Bible translation is the NRSV, in which the translators go to extraordinary lengths to avoid using “he, him, his.” Today’s gospel reading, Matthew 10:40-42, is a good example. A close translation of verse 42 would be, “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold [water] in the name of a disciple [because s/he is a disciple], truly I tell you, will not miss his {autou] reward.” In contrast, the NRSV declines to translate autou in the final clause, since it sounds masculine, and the conclusion of verse 42 in the NRSV instead reads, “… — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward,” which alters the wording a lot, IMHO. Taking my Greek Testament to church on Sunday mornings, just to see how much the NRSV translators changed or left out, has been a revelation. There are two types of translations on the market, I think: those that aim at accuracy, and those, like the NRSV and TNIV, that don’t.


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