From the March/April, 2012 issue of Touchstone
Our Babel of Bibles by David Lyle Jeffrey

Our Babel of Bibles

Scripture, Translation & the Possibility of Spiritual Understanding

by David Lyle Jeffrey

From the perspective of one who values freedom of choice, individualism, and the market, the proliferation of new translations and paraphrases of the Bible must seem, on the whole, a good thing. From a perspective that places a greater value on theological probity, spiritual understanding in the laity, and coherence in the witness of the Church, however, the plethora of English translations and the Babel-like confusion of tongues they create is arguably a calamity. While every new translation is evidently a “market opp . . .


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