The WebElf Report

Letter From the Hammock
July 29, 2007, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Word From Sponsor

Someone once wryly observed that the more the Bible is translated, the less it is read. Indeed, seems to have an awful lot of niche Bibles for sale— and it would be interesting to know how many they sell.. and more, how well or rightly it is read and understood and inwardly digested to the salvation and feeding of said ‘Bible-consumer’.

I’ve had the honour of getting the new book Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI.. though I’ve only cracked the cover. However, one thing leapt out at me (a long-time KJV-RSV-NIV user): B-16 decided to use the original Revised Standard Version translation (1946-52, with Apocrypha) for his book, along with a few direct translations by himself from the original languages, where appropriate.


He’s a world-class scholar, and also recognizes the power of one of the first and great modern translations, attempted in a spirit of faithfulness and KJV power and poetry and the best of modern scholarship.

Note that he’s not recommending the controversial political unbible– the 1989 NRSV– pushed so hard by the U.S. National Council of Twitching Liberalism Churches. It’s so full of political correctness, and horizonatal/ vertical ‘inclusive language’ (so-called) so as to be an artifact and curious relic of the 1980’s the moment it arrived. Never to be a classic, but a symptom of arrogance and radical brain-fever.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to reading Pope Benedict, and getting an RSV with apocrypha from (where else) Amazon.


Post Scriptum:

I regret to say my news-gathering powers are currently in remission, what with being a husband & father, in mixed health, subject to family sorrow, summer heat, the Hiltzification of Canadian Anglicanism– and various deep questions which will not cease and desist any longer. News? Harmon, Stand Firm, MCJ, Magistats.. all the other places where good folk are taking up the fight I’e been sharing since 1995-6, and since 1998 with CaNN/ The WebElf Report. This elf is laying down his tiny sword to bleed awhile, then– perhaps– to rise and fight again.


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Yup, I think I understand Binks. Have a good rest-up!

Comment by Peter

I keep an RSV in my office that I’ve had since college. I used it when I aced my Bible class at Sewanee, while everyone else was told to buy the NRSV.

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