Personally, I don't really give a fig, or a fig-leaf, which pronouns are used in the Bible. I thought 'thou' and 'thee' were nice, ...
So, what is the issue for me? Simply this. I do not believe we should have language police for the Bible. It is a socialistic, central planning coup, a revisionist polemic - and so on - you get the idea. (This is not intended to refer to any particular group, but it is the way some people talk up here about Bill 101.)
A book has been written about language police. Not the Canadian ones, this time.
- Author of 7 books, Ravitch served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993. Her expertise and her 30-year commitment to education lend authority and urgency to this important book, which describes in copious detail how pressure groups from the political right and left have wrested control of the language and content of textbooks and standardized exams, often at the expense of the truth (in the case of history), of literary quality (in the case of literature), and of education in general.
You notice that it says pressure groups from both sides. I certainly hope that I am not part of a pressure group for any particular translation. Okay, I did buy a TNIV and I have been reading it, but I have not bothered to update my Good News Bible to the inclusive language edition.I don't recommend any particular translation, but simply hope to contribute to an understanding of how Bible versions differ and why we should learn to live with that.
Frankly I am still looking for something that contains verses like this.
- Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Romans 16:7 KJV
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 KJV
For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. 1 Cor. 11:10 KJV
A nice traditional and suitably ambiguous Bible like the KJV is what we need. (Actually I do know that there are places where it doesn't look all that great, but the text critics can fuss over that.) Luther's Bible is also looking good. Tradition!