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Bible Scholars Claim "Gender-Neutral" Bible Distorts Scripture
 

Note: This is the original list of scholars as it appeared in the press release. Click to view the updated list.

More than thirty-five evangelical scholars issued a joint statement declaring that the recently released Today’s New International Version, which news reports on Monday identified as "gender-neutral," should not be commended to the church. The scholars expressed concern about "troubling translation inaccuracies ... that introduce distortions of ... meanings." Although their primary concern was over gender language and the removal of many instances of such words as "man," "father," "son," "brother," and "he/him/his," other types of inaccuracies were noted as well, particularly in changing singular pronouns to plural, and in changing "the Jews" to "the Jewish leaders" in John’s Gospel. The statement was released by the Louisville headquarters of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW).

A list of over one hundred examples of inaccurately translated verses accompanied the statement.

STATEMENT OF CONCERN:

In light of troubling translation inaccuracies - primarily (but not exclusively) in relation to gender language - that introduce distortions of the meanings that were conveyed better by the original NIV, we cannot endorse the TNIV translation as sufficiently accurate to commend to the church.

SIGNERS (partial list):

Gregg R. Allison, Ph.D.
Western Seminary, Portland, OR

Henry S. Baldwin, Ph.D.
Singapore Bible College, Singapore

S. M. Baugh, Ph.D.
Westminster Theological Seminary in California, Escondido, CA

Hans F. Bayer, Ph.D.
Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, MO

James Borland, Th.D.
Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Harold O. J. Brown, Ph.D.
Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

Ardel B. Canedy, Ph.D.
Northwestern College, St. Paul, MN

E Ray Clendenen, Ph.D.
Lifeway Christian Resources, Nashville, TN

Clifford John Collins, Ph.D.
Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, MO

William Cook, Ph.D.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

Jack Cottrell, Ph.D.
Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary, Cincinnatti, OH

Daniel Doriani, Ph.D.
Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, MO

J. Ligon Duncan III, Ph.D.
First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

John M. Frame, M.Phil.
Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

Paul D. Gardner, Ph.D.
Church of England Evangelical Council, Hartford, England

Wayne Grudem, Ph.D.
Phoenix Seminary, Scottsdale, AZ

C.E. Hill, Ph.D.
Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

H. Wayne House, Ph.D.
Faith Seminary, Tacoma, WA

W. Bingham Hunter, Ph.D.
Pastor of Adult Ministries, Harvest Bible Chapel
Former Academic Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Talbot School of Theology

Peter Jones, Ph.D.
Westminster Theological Seminary, Escondido, CA

Reggie M. Kidd, PhD.
Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

George W. Knight, III, Ph.D.
Greenville Presbyterian Seminary, Taylors, SC

J. Carl Laney, Th.D.
Western Seminary, Portland, OR

Al Mawhinney, Ph.D.
Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

R. Albert Mohler, Ph.D.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

William D. Mounce, Ph.D.
Cornerstone Fellowship, Spokane, WA

Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., Ph.D.
First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA

Paige Patterson, Ph.D.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

John Piper, D. theol.
Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN

Vern S. Poythress, Ph.D., Th.D.
Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

Mark R. Saucy, Ph.D.
Kyiv Theological Seminary

Thomas R. Schreiner, Ph.D.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

R. C. Sproul, DRS, Ph.D
Ligonier Ministries, Lake Mary, FL

Bruce Ware, Ph.D.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

William Weinrich, Ph.D.
Concordia Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN

Dean O. Wenthe, Ph.D.
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

Robert Yarbrough, Ph.D.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

For more information, contact the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood,
Randy Stinson, Executive Director: 888-560-8210. www.cbmw.org.

 

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