Mercy and Truth
- Mercy and truth are met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Psalm 85:10 KJV
First, truth. I recently commented on another blog about the authors of The TNIV and the Gender Neutral Bible Controversy. The comment was an excerpt from a previous post of mine. The post was deleted. Justin Taylor emailed me that I was not being charitable. I knew that he was writing articles for CBMW against the TNIV so I responded asking him who I could write to to request a retraction of the Statment of Concern. He did not answer. I commented on his blog. He deleted it. I have recently read on another blog that I 'requested the ESV to retract the Statement'. I ws not aware that it appeared that way. I understood that I should ask someone at CBMW to do this and I thought of Justin Taylor in that connection and his position here. The fact that he is also an employee of Crossway seemed odd. I can't explain all of this. Let it rest there. It is as much of the truth as I know.
Second, Mercy. I read Taylor's article in the fall Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and it was a great blessing to me. He compared the NIV and the TNIV on 1 Corinthians 15:21.
- NIV: For since death came through a man, the resurrection
of the dead comes also through a man.
TNIV: For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a human being.
- "When there are systemic changes made to a translation of God’s word, and those changes obscure or distort God’s intended meaning for his people, that is a matter worthy of our concern."
My reaction to the way the TNIV has translated this verse was that for the first time it appears in English as it was intended in Greek. I was profoundly touched by this translation. It is indeed 'transparent to the Greek.' Gender language around brothers and sisters, and men and women have never really been a big deal for me. But this verse highlighting the humanity of Christ has central doctrinal significance.
In fact, on the basis of this one verse, I have decided to buy a copy of the TNIV. It really does reflect the best rendering of the Greek. Thank you, Justin, for bringing this verse to my attention. God bless.