Thinking Out Loud

September 1, 2009

TNIV Bible to Be Phased Out By 2011

Filed under: bible, books — Tags: , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:19 pm

TNIV Study BibleCiting ‘mistakes’ made in the way the updated NIV translation was brought to market, Biblica, the former International Bible Society, announced today that moving forward, the TNIV and NIV will mesh together in a revised NIV releasing in 2011.

One big issue is the criticism the TNIV has faced over its gender neutral language in cases such as the Greek ‘anthropos,’ referring to mankind, not males.   The criticism began with a gender-neutral version that released first in the UK.

Doug Moo, chairman of the the Committee on Bible Translation (which is the body responsible for the translation) said the committee has not yet decided how much the 2011 edition will include the gender-inclusive language that riled critics of the TNIV.

“We felt certainly at the time it was the right thing to do, that the language was moving in that direction,” Moo said. “All that is back on the table as we reevaluate things this year. This has been a time over the last 15 to 20 years in which the issue of the way to handle gender in English has been very much in flux, in process, in development. And things are changing quickly and so we are going to look at all of that again as we produce the 2011 NIV.”

So what’s the big deal?

Most translation revisions are not met with as much fanfare as today’s announcement. But most translations have not been on top of the best-seller list for a quarter century. Nor had other translation committees previously announced that they would not update their text. Most importantly, other translations had not been the focus of boycotts, Christian bookstore chain bans, Southern Baptist Convention resolutions, and other outrage that accompanied the TNIV’s release.

Read the whole story in this Christianity Today article.

Update: (September 3rd) – Here’s a great interview Darryl Dash did with Douglas Moo, chair of CBT, The Committee on Bible Translation.


  1. It sure is a good thing God made the Bible an open source document. We’ll get one we all like eventually.

    I’m being sarcastic.

    But seriously, does this make the TNIV the Windows Vista of Bible translations?

    Comment by Shane Bertou — September 2, 2009 @ 11:04 am

  2. I shall make a point of buying one as soon as possible. Something is very wrong when people get their knickers in a knot over linguistic accuracy.

    Comment by Janet Ursel — September 2, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

  3. I cherish the Word. I have many translations and paraphrases and I have a reason for loving each one. In my opinion, the Bible translators are in the business of clarifying the scriptures for todays world, not watering down the gospel or bringing error. I am anxious to see this new translation and , as Janet said, I fully intend to buy one when they are released.

    Comment by Cynthia — September 3, 2009 @ 7:49 am

  4. Personal to David Daniels:

    If you want to spend the rest of your life trolling blogs looking for places where you can advance your misguided agenda, feel free, but I’m far too informed on this subject to allow you to post your hate doctrine here. The discussion you want to have preys on people who — forgive me for saying this — simply aren’t so smart.

    With all respect, someday you are going to stand before God and give account of your life, and He is going to look at you and say, “Just think of all the other things good you could have spent all that energy doing; but instead you spent your life straining at gnats. What were you thinkin’?”

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 3, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

  5. Bummer. I just paid $130 for a TNIV Study Bible and now I’ll have to dump it. ;-) Or maybe it will be really valuable in a few years time…

    Comment by Amy Winnington — September 3, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

  6. We just received several cases of Bibles and many of them were TNIV. Frankly, I was glad to see them.

    The problem would be if a pastor decided he was going to use TNIV as his preaching Bible and encourage his people to do the same.

    Long-term, they won’t be available.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 3, 2009 @ 9:19 pm

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