Monday, October 22, 2012

A Glimpse Under the Hood

Last year Crossway changed [updated/revised/corrected] about 500 words in its uber-popular ESV translation.  I was unaware of this until quite recently when, while teaching a class on Ephesians, I was blindsided by one of them that was not insignificant.  I docked my students points on a memory quiz for "misquoting" Ephesians 1.17 - that God may give you 'a spirit of wisdom' vs 'the Spirit of wisdom'.  After several vociferous protests, and actually being shown several ESV's with the first wording I discovered that the original edition said 'a spirit', while both of my updated 2011's say 'the Spirit'.
I have been slow to jump on the ESV bandwagon because of an innate cynicism toward heavily-marketed products, [which this translation is] and an uncertainty of the philosophy behind the textual selections differing with the KJV/NKJV at many points.  But as time goes by, I have grown fond of the ESV, despite these reservations.  It is almost always the version I use for family reading [had a great time last night talking with my boys after reading Is 36.12 ... only rivaled in shocking verbiage by the original KJV's rendering] and more and more for pulpit use.

Here is a great clip of the revision committee debating about one of my favorite Greek words: doulos.

Book List [what I've been reading lately]...

You are what your mind eats ...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Enjoying the World As It Is

"They are darkened in their understanding - excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that's in them."

Why are they ignorant?  Because they just don't have a high I.Q.?  No!  It's because of the hardness of their hearts.  The Bible always teaches us that stupidity is the result of moral sin.  There is a moral stupidity which leads to stupid behavior in life.  The book of Proverbs deals with this repeatedly.  People do this that are dumb and basically that arises from the hardness of their heart.  

"These Gentiles have become callous and give themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness."

And so their lack of feeling, their hard-hearts, means that they have to pursue weirder and weirder forms of stimulation and they can't relax and enjoy the world as it is.

- J.B. Jordan, commenting on Ephesians 4.17-19

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Pressing Duty of our Time

"To establish the fact of decadence is the pressing duty of our time."

- Richard Weaver