Monday, June 01, 2009

Say what you like about the NIV

I don't like the NIV as a translation. But trying to find things quickly in the standard RSV is very frustrating. Versions that have paragraph headings are a gift from God. May the rest be shelved forever. Good grief, even the Aland Greek text has headings.


Jared said...

Sometimes the divisions and headings are misleading or artificial, however, keeping us from seeing other ways the text can be divided.

Ken Schenck said...

You're absolutely right, although I personally wouldn't want to have to read the Greek in scriptio continua :-)

As far as a Bible for lay people and most pastors, I think the divisions will always win. And for a New Testament prof trying to find which chapter of Numbers has the guy getting stoned for gathering sticks on the Sabbath, the NIV works much better than the RSV :-)

John Mark said...

I have an Ignatius Press RSV which has paragraph headings and an old Cokesbury one which doesn't. The Ignatius Bible is a beautiful book; beautifully bound, with a very expensive look and feel inside and out.
For all that it was cheap. I think I only paid 20 bucks for it.