I do not have this version of the Bible but with all the controversy, I am thinking that it may be the version to get this year. I actually linked to this page via Bob Smietana. Even more interesting – I found a site; a journal of sorts I guess, called the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. My, oh my!
I remember the old days – the days when the King James Version was the correct version. In fact when I was growing up it was about the only version. Oh, yeah, there was the RSV – but it was sort of suspect. Then the floodgates were opened and before you knew it there were all sorts of translations. Some of them actually were understandable and still kept enough of the poetry to be nice sounding as well. I don’t know if nice sounding is the highest criteria for a book that is meant to change our lives. But if it helps it to be readable that is good.
But all this gender stuff! I don’t get too bent out of shape about being called part of mankind. But I don’t get all bent out of shape about mankind being called people or the human race or whatever term is used. If worries me a lot more to find that people will pigeonhole men and women into certain gender roles as if those are the only ones that God intended. Using gender explicit terms in any version of the Bible should not be justification for imposing certain roles as being the “Christian” way to behave.
Well, that’s my opinion anyway. But I am not some big name Christian so it is unlikely that anyone cares.