The Power of Linguistics

Whose Bible Is It? Some Further Thoughts about Listening to Messiah

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Oscar Wilde once observed that the English and the Americans were kept apart by a common language. As we approach the end of the second millennium of Christian history, it is striking to ponder how accurately that epigram applies to the relation…

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The Need for Two Translations of the Bible, One for Scholars and a Second “Hate-Free” Edition for the Public

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There are over 170 different English translations of the Bible in print. Nearly all portray Jews as the enemy of Jesus, creating a widespread view of them as “deicide people,” the “other” in the community who were Christ killers. It is time to …

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Let Ioudaioi Be Ioudaioi: When Less is Better

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Of all the New Testament translation problems which have been identified and debated in these pages, the most intractable has been the frequency of the Greek term hoi Ioudaioi (usually translated “the Jews”) in the Gospel of John. While used neutrally …

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Removing the Weeds of Hatred from Jesus’ Garden of Love

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For many years, I wondered, like many of you, why Jews were so hated, thrown out of every nation in Europe, beaten and murdered in hideously large numbers. I read every book I could find on the subject and in time, the genesis of the atrocities became …

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Jesus’ Location in Christianity and Judaism

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Over the last century or more questions of Jesus’ place within Judaism and Christianity have been fiercely debated. Was Jesus a devout Jew firmly located within the Jewish traditions he inherited and within the ongoing tradition of the Mishnah and the…

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Oxford University Press Introduces New Bible at the 1995 AAR/SBL

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The New Testament and Psalms: An Inclusive Version speaks directly to today’s social concerns, especially the move toward universal inclusivity. The project was undertaken by our team of biblical scholars, theologians and educators, who carefully…

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