Salon.com recently published an interview with sociologist Samuel L. Perry titled, “When Evangelical Snowflakes Censor the Bible: The English Standard Version Goes PC.”
And I got a reply to all this: Nuh-uh!
Let me elaborate that answer, however, because “nuh-uh” probably won’t persuade anyone. And also because there’s a bit of truth in the charge, and Christian students of the Bible need to know that truth. Perry raises very important questions about Bible interpretation, and about the proper translation of fought-over words like “slave” and “Jew.” You’re going to have to follow me here; I’m going to trace a thread ball with multiple skeins. This is going to be a much longer Word Nerd video than normal.
You can handle it, though, because Word Nerd: Language & the Bible is a serious space. We have our fun, but it is indeed truth we’re after. So I carefully read not only the Salon interview but also the scholarly article in the Journal of the American Academy of...