New NIV Bible Translation Finds Readers Despite Southern Baptist Resistance

(Trounce)

Zondervan has defended its updated New International Version following criticism of the revision of the world's best-selling Bible translation by a Southern Baptists forum.

The censure came during the denomination's annual meeting in June in Phoenix, when a debate on the 2011 translation was brought forward by a delegate rather than church leadership.

Passed overwhelmingly, the resolution faulted the new NIV, which combines the 1984 NIV and the controversial Today's New International Version, replacing both versions.

Calling the revision an "inaccurate translation," the resolution said the new NIV changes the meaning of hundreds of verses, erasing gender-specific details that appear in the original language.

"We are disappointed that delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution opposing the updated NIV against the wishes of the SBC resolution committee, who affirmed the transparency of the NIV translation process," Zondervan said in a statement.

The resolution encouraged that the Bible not be carried by LifeWay Christian Stores, which are affiliated with the SBC. Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said he regretted that the resolution addressed the chain so directly, according to Baptist Press.

However, LifeWay stores "continue to sell the 2011 NIV, while working through the process of review with our board of trustees," LifeWay Christian Resources Director of Communications Micah Carter told Christian Retailing.

David Rooker, manager of The Scroll Discount Christian Store in Tyler, Texas, said that the new NIV was "being received well." "As far as sales and customer response, it is being accepted," he told Christian Retailing. "We've done pretty well with them so far. ... We accepted Zondervan's original buy-in, which gave us extra terms and discount. It also gave us a much deeper selection of NIV in our Bible department than we had previously. The result has been encouraging. ... The new NIV criticism is much ado about nothing in the wider scheme of things."

Which translation of the Bible do you believe is most accurate?


To contact us or to submit an article, click here.


Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective