Will discontinue Today's New International Version
Oct 06, 2009
The copyright holder of the New International Version of the Bible says that it will phase out the controversial gender-inclusive Today’s New Inter national Version translation once a panel of evangelical scholars completes work on a thoroughly reviewed and updated version of the NIV in 2011.
The NIV, last updated in 1984, has been enormously popular among evangelical Christians, with more than 300 million in print worldwide. Zondervan, the publisher, and the NIV translating team are making adjustments for changes in English usage.
“If we want a Bible that English speakers around the world can understand, we have to listen to, and respect, the vocabulary they are using today,” said Keith Danby, CEO of Biblica, the copyright holder and translation sponsor of the NIV.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).