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How to Test a New Bible —Before You Buy

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How to Test a New Bible —Before You Buy

When the bookstore clerk hands you a new Bible to purchase what should you look for? Normally we just assume the text is okay and focus on the helps, price or binding. Does it have a concordance? Does it have center references? Is it highlighted for specific study courses? Is it designed for a specific purpose such as a kid’s, teen’s, soul winner’s, or study Bible? Is it in my price range?

Today, that’s not enough. Just because it is the same Bible as what my pastor uses, it matches my Sunday school lessons, or it’s recommended by my denomination, doesn’t make it a safe book to really know what God said.

Modern technology has given us a much deeper look into the history of the Bible texts behind that Bible handed to you over the bookstore counter. It’s not enough to just “trust the scholars” and take the Bible home if the price is right.

Here is what else you should ask before you purchase:

1.) Is Acts 8:37 missing? (This is a handy verse to show a Roman Catholic that infant baptism won’t work.)

2.) Is there a footnote suggesting that Mark 16:9-20 is not in the “oldest and best” manuscripts? (Then how can I know if Jesus really rose from the dead?)

3.) Does 1 Cor. 1:18 tell you that you are just “being saved” or safely saved?

4.) Does it have some strange books like Tobit, Maccabees, Esdras, Shepherd of Hermas, etc?

5.) Does John 3:16 show that Jesus was just an “only Son” or the only “begotten” Son? (If “begotten” is not there, how was Jesus different from the “sons of God” in John 1:12?)

6.) Is Jesus in Acts 3:26 a servant instead of a Son?

7.) Is the path beyond the narrow gate in Matt 7:14 a difficult path instead of just a narrow one?

8.) Does 1 John 5:7 omit the Trinity?

If yes is the answer to any of these questions, that Bible has a questionable history. Creators of that translation have used source documents (manuscripts) that contain contradictions and omissions.

Sometimes we act like Matthew and John just wrote out the Bible in English. Fact is, there is a lot of history in the 2000 years since Jesus walked in Galilee. Several languages are involved over the centuries.

When we buy a used car, we want to know the history. If the original owner was a “little old lady from Pasadena,” we trust the quality more than if it was owned by a hotrod enthusiast. Why should we not also be interested in the history of our Bible?

Researcher David W. Daniels has spent several years using current investigative tools to dig out new information about the history of our Bibles. One finding is that there are two streams of manuscripts in Bible history. And they are hugely different.

One has two thousand years of a steady, traceable series of copies of the Bible in well-known, historical languages. The other comes from the hands of questionable characters with no verifiable history before 1800.

Daniels published a book, Look What’s Missing, in 2013 listing over 240 missing words and verses in the modern Bibles. Another Daniels book, Did the Catholic Church Give us the Bible?, lists hundreds of problems with the two streams of Bible history.

Anyone who does not perform “due diligence” before buying the next Bible risks reading a book that shifts meanings away from God’s true word.

Any pastor or teacher who does not research this issue also risks guiding people to a defective book gutted of the true power of God’s word.

Other resources by Daniels include dozens of YouTube videos and other books called Why They Changed the Bible, (2014) and Did Jesus Use the Septuagint (2017), explaining the details of this danger.

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Southern Baptists Embrace Gender-Inclusive Language in the Bible

America's largest Protestant denomination has produced a revised translation that incorporates many features it had long condemned.


Southern Baptists have long defended literal approaches to the Bible, but their recent translation of the Good Book might have them switching sides.

Last fall, the publishing arm of the 15-million member Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) released the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). LifeWay Christian Stores, America’s largest Christian retailer, which is owned by the SBC, sells the translation at hundreds of its locations nationwide and touts it as a work of superior scholarship. But patrons are largely unaware that the denomination-approved translation is gender-inclusive.

Such news would presumably shock many in the evangelical body. The denomination has affirmed that the Bible commands wives to submit to their husbands and that modern notions of transgender identity blur the line between God-ordained masculine and feminine roles. The group has passed numerous resolutions since the late 1990s publicly condemning Bible translations that attempt to utilize gender-inclusive language.

When several revisions to the popular New International Version (1984) appeared to employ gender-neutral language, for example, Southern Baptists condemned the translation by name and chastised its publishers. A 2011 resolution even instructed LifeWay to cease selling the translation in its stores. (LifeWay has continued to sell the NIV despite the resolution to remove it; the translation remains the most popular among Southern Baptists with a 40 percent share.)

The rationale behind the rebuke was two-fold. First, inclusive translations abolish many gender-specific terms. For example, they may change “father” to “parent,” “son” to “child,” and “man” to “mortal.” And second, these translations added words and phrases not found in ancient manuscripts for the sake of inclusion. A common example is the translation of “brother” as “brother or sister.”

Some scholars defend translation decisions like these, arguing they most clearly express the meaning of each passage. But the SBC disagrees, seeing such translations as part of a larger cultural push to erase distinctions between genders and diminish masculinity. It believes political correctness is threatening the integrity of its holy scripture.

In response to this perceived menace, the SBC commissioned its own Bible translation, the Holman Christian Standard Bible, which was finalized in 2003. It was intended “to champion the absolute truth of the Bible against social or cultural agendas that would compromise its accuracy.” The translation was well received and the Bible battlefront quieted for more than a decade. But when a revision was released last fall, a number of the same “gender-neutral” elements that the SBC previously condemned were inserted into its own translation.

The CSB now translates the term anthropos, a Greek word for “man,” in a gender-neutral form 151 times, rendering it “human,” “people,” and “ones.” The previous edition had done this on occasion; the new revision adds almost 100 more instances. “Men of Israel” becomes “fellow Israelites;” when discussing Jesus’s incarnation the “likeness of men” becomes “likeness of humanity.” The CSB translates the term adelphoi, a Greek word for “brother” in a gender-neutral form 106 times, often adding “sister.” “Brotherly love” is translated “love as brothers and sisters.”

The gender-neutralizing pattern is also present in its translation of the Old Testament. For instance, where the NIV “gender-neutral” revision uses the term “human” or “humanly” for a masculine term, the CSB concurs with a “human” “humanly” or “human being(s)” 67 times. As the CSB translates the Hebrew term ‘dm (the word for adam), the generic “man, men,” it uses gender-neutral language of “human(s), humanity, human kind, people, person(s)” 242 times. The CSB also uses the term “mortal” or “mere mortal” to replace a masculine term 6 times. Numerous other instances of gender-neutral translations of masculine terminology exist across both testaments.

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