The Associated Press reported late last night that the New International Version (NIV) Bible is going to be updated for the first time since 1984. I didn't even know it was revised back then. Yes, I mean, I was just born that year, but nonetheless, I would think that people set on the Bible as "the word of God" wouldn't dare change a single word. Yet apparently, it needs to be modernized:
The top-selling Bible in North America will undergo its first revision in 25 years — which promises to reopen a contentious debate about changing gender terms in the sacred text.
The New International Version, the Bible of choice for conservative evangelicals, will be revised to reflect changes in English usage and advances in Biblical scholarship, announced Biblica — a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Christian ministry that holds the NIV copyright — on Tuesday. The revision is scheduled to be completed late next year and published in 2011.
But past attempts to remake the NIV for contemporary audiences in different editions have been plagued by controversies about gender language.
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