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The NIV Reconsidered : A Fresh Look at a Popular Translation Paperback – March 1, 1990
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THE PRESENT volume, by Earl D. Radmacher and Zane C. Hodges, is an in-depth review of the New International Version of the Bible (NIV). In it the authors have given a detailed assessment of the quality of the translation. Throughout the book they ask such question as "Is it accurate?" "Is it reliable?" "Does it exhibit good English style?" "Have the translators achieved the goals they set for themselves?" Answering all these questions largely in the negative, Hodges and Radmacher focus attention on the questions of accuracy and English style. With reference to the former these authors feel that there is "a bewildering array of highly questionable-if not actually mistaken-translations in the NIV." To test the NIV's accuracy they devote several chapters to an examination of selected passages (Old and New Testaments). Their conclusion is that the NIV fails to exhibit "a coherent philosophy of translation," that it tends toward "loose, interpretative paraphrase," that it misrepresents the thought of the original at various critical points, and that it lacks consistency. As for English style they acknowledge that the NIV is often extremely readable but argue that the style exhibits many weaknesses. To them it is a "collage of traditional, semi-traditional, and non-traditional renderings." It is not a "style-conscious" translation.
There is a need for this book, and it deserves to be read by a large audience. Having read it with profit, while I would not agree with every conclusion drawn in the book, I am in thorough agreement with most of its major assessments. I am happy to commend it to others and wish for it a wide readership.
-Curtis Vaughan Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Ft. Worth, TX -- Curtis Vaughan Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Ft. Worth, TX
About the Author
Earl D. Radmacher Biography
Earl Radmacher has spent his life teaching people how to develop a closer walk with God through a fuller knowledge of Him. He is currently doing just that as he travels the world speaking at many conferences. He logs more miles in a year than most do in a lifetime.
Earl Radmacher received his BA and MA degrees from Bob Jones University and his ThM and ThD degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary. He went on to serve for thirty-four years as an administrator, professor, and President of Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is currently the President Emeritus of Western Baptist Seminary.
Zane C. Hodges Biography Zane Hodges has sought to live a life consistent with the marvelous and undeserved grace that his loving heavenly Father showed Zane, when He gave Zane the absolutely free gift of eternal life through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Currently, Zane is engaged in pastoral ministry at Victor Street Bible Chapel in Dallas, where he has ministered for over forty years. Zane received his BA degree from Wheaton College and his ThM degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He taught New Testament Greek and exegesis at Dallas Theological Seminary for 27 years until 1987. Zane also served as the Chairman of the New Testament Department.
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Gary McNally Pastor; Pinelands Community Church
Prof. Zane Hodges was a consultant to the New Testament translators as well as a translator in later stages of the project. He was also a member of the New King James Translation Committee. Dr. Earl Radmacher was a member of the Bible Review Committee, and the North American Overview Committee which prepared guidelines for the NKJV.
In describing this book, the statement is made that "The authors seek to be fair and objective in their analysis..." The statement may be true, but I would tend to question the objectiveness in critiquing one work when they were intimately involved in the creation of a competing work.
Let the buyer beware....