After making changes to 52 words in 29 verses, the English Standard Version has been declared “finalized” by Crossway publishing. The particularly literal translation aims to offer a word for word reading rather than capturing the general sense of each passage. However, one of the changes included a rewording of Genesis 3:16, implying male dominance in marriage that has proven controversial.
Why this matters for church leaders
Every Bible translation is also an act of interpretation that reflects the theology of the translators.
- Read Widely: There are many Bible translations available that can help you get a clear idea of a Bible passage’s meaning.
- “Literally”: Even the ESV, which aims for a word for word rendering reflects the beliefs and values of the committee working on the project, such as their views on the subjugation of women. This challenge is common for each Bible translation.
- Readable and Accurate: Do you or your denomination have a favorite translation? Why do you value it?
What are three Bible translations that could offer a richer reading of scripture when compared together?
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