Textual Criticism of 1 Samuel 6:19–When Translators Scratch Their Heads

There are times when translators are befuddled. 1 Samuel 6:19 is one of those times. Here is the verse in several translations: NASB–“He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the Lord. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men” ESV–And he struck some of theContinue reading “Textual Criticism of 1 Samuel 6:19–When Translators Scratch Their Heads”

The Danger of Loyalty to One Bible Translation

We all have a favorite Bible.  It may be that one you’ve had since college that has so many highlighter marks, underlines, and notes that you can hardly read the verse numbers any longer.  It may be that study Bible that is your go-to when you come across tough passages.  Whatever the case, we allContinue reading “The Danger of Loyalty to One Bible Translation”

The Bible: What Is Lost in Translation, Too?

Being a pastor in the South means that I have come into contact with the KJV-only crowd, and thoughts about translation method frequently bounce about in the potluck-addled brain of mine.  This is a continuation of a discussion begun in the post where I compared translation to baking. My friend Patrick Schreiner posted a table thatContinue reading “The Bible: What Is Lost in Translation, Too?”