New NIV Update set for 2011

So I guess the TNIV may really be done for.  If they pull this off right I am sure it could go really well!

Biblica Announces First Update in Quarter Century of the World’s Most Popular Bible CBT to Update New International Version (NIV) for 2011!!

September 1, 2009, Palos Heights, IL – –

The global board of Biblica today announced its intention to update the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, the first time it has been revised since 1984. The Committee on Bible Translation (CBT), the independent body of global biblical scholars solely responsible for the translation of the world’s most popular Bible, is slated to finish its revision late next year, with publication in 2011. The announcement was made at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill., the site of the historic first meeting of the CBT in 1965.

“We want to reach English speakers across the globe with a Bible that is accurate, accessible and that speaks to its readers in a language they can understand,” said Keith Danby, Global President and CEO of Biblica.  “This is why we are recommitting ourselves today to the original NIV charter, complete with its charge to monitor and reflect developments in English usage and Biblical scholarship by regularly updating the NIV Bible text.

“As time passes and English changes, the NIV we have at present is becoming increasingly dated. If we want a Bible that English speakers around the world can understand, we have to listen to, and respect, the vocabulary they are using today.”

The CBT represents the very best in evangelical biblical scholarship and its members are drawn from denominations across the world. As an independent body, it alone has the authority to revise and update the text of the NIV Bible.

“The committee exists to ensure that the NIV continues to articulate the words of God, as we find them recorded in the original languages, in a form of English that is comprehensible to the broadest possible audience,” said CBT Chairman, Professor Douglas Moo.

“As a committee, our response to this challenge has always been to follow the example of the original Bible writers who wrote in forms of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek that reflected the language spoken by the everyday working people of their day. Just as the New Testament is written in ‘Koine’ or ‘common’ Greek, our aim with the NIV Bible is – and has always been – to translate the Bible into what you might call ‘Koine’ or ‘common’ English.

So it is fitting that the new edition of the NIV Bible will be coming out in 2011, the year which marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version,” said Moo. “Our goal in the NIV Bible translation mirrors that of the 17th Century translators themselves: to produce a Bible that removes all unnecessary obstacles to comprehension by drawing on the best available scholarship.”

The 2011 NIV will represent the latest expression of the CBT’s translation work.  Previous expressions included the 1978 and 1984 editions of the NIV and the 2005 TNIV.

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Go here for the rest of the article.  There is an article on USA TODAY.com as well.  So this could be a big deal!  And it does indeed look like the final death call for the TNIV.   They also have a website where you can ask questions or make comments.

What say you?

HT: Elshaddai Edward’s Facebook Page – and Rick Mansfield

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21 responses to “New NIV Update set for 2011

  1. In a word, “BOOOO!”

    I’m glad I didn’t invest heavy money in the TNIV. Thanks, Zondervan, for NOTHING. (Now, I will storm off to transfer my study notes from the TNIV to something else….grrrrr.)

  2. I say go for it. Given the controversy and poor reception of the TNIV, Zondervan would be wise to do something. Again, it probably all comes down to $$$. I’ll buy one!

  3. Well, I hope so Dan, if the TNIV is any precedent then the update may not be too significant since the difference betweent he TNIV and the NIV is only something like 5-6% – so I may not anticipate a real drastic change and suspect the differences on the whole between the NIV, the TNIV and the next update could be altogether hardly discernable, if that makes sense.

  4. Well, after investing the last four years plus in the TNIV, it is highly unlikely that I will care to invest in the updated 2011 NIV, that is for sure! I’m making my switch to the NRSV. Stinks, stinks, stinks! That’s what I think.

    • William, I predict that in the next year or two the publishers of NRSV will announce an update. It is long overdue. So I’m afraid that anything you invest in products in this world, even the most spiritual ones, comes to nothing in the end.

  5. Well, I hate to say this, and I could be completely wrong and ignorant of the issues and maybe even on the verge of libel but if they want to remain competitive in the money market… they need to do something or they just won’t make it – their effort to get the TNIV out got completely swamped by those overly devoted to certain translation philosophies. That’s my pessimistic view of it.

  6. I agree, Brian. Their puny efforts at introducing the TNIV needed to be corrected. What I am frustrated over is the TNIV may be completely gone. The new NIV (good grief, could they come up with something besides “new” “new”?) will be more like the old one than the new one. Besides the gender accuracy issue, they had tightened up the translation. I was actually LIKING IT! Now, it could be wasted.

    What would be GREAT is if they pulled both editions off the shelves and the “new” NIV (DOH!) would be very similar to the TNIV.

  7. check out Mark Steven’s blog – he put up a quote from Doug Moo that the new update will look a lot like the old NIV and a lot like the new NIV – so them why the change? Because they know they blew it the first time and should just have cast it as a NIV revision and not made a big deal about the gender issue. Perhaps “Today’s…” in the title just threw too many conservative Reformed folk for a loop?

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  9. DW, I gave up on that video when the speaker called KJV the “real Bible”. But this is a complex textual issue which he doesn’t have a clue about. Does he expect translators to lie and put “yet” in their translations when it isn’t in the original text, or at least in the copies of it that scholars now think are the best ones?

    Of course I am not suggesting that Jesus did lie. His meaning in this verse was clearly that he would go when his time had come. And perhaps translators would be justified in adding “yet” to clarify this understanding in English. But that should be a matter for reasoned debate, not for calling anyone a liar.

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  11. Up-dating language is one thing. knowingly changing it is another. Why would you put politically correct commentary in the text. It should be placed in the margins or study helps. No greek calls for the gender-neutral changes. Their claim is no version should be “culture specific”. Isn,t that what they are doing, making it suit a gender-neutral culture? Many pastors are abandoning the NIV for the ESV because of these alarming changes. Maybe they will make it like Coca cola; If you want to purchase it the old way they will call it the “NIV Classic”.

  12. PEOPLE LISTEN the niv and all other bibles are not the true translation only the kjv bible is the true bible don’t be decieved by the devil because the antichrist is comming to decieve you. The end is comming soon. The nniv as it is called is going to be worse not corrected. Zoldermens is making up storys it is man made. That is why there are so many bibles comming out. They aren’t the true bible. Any church that uses anything but the kjv bible is teaching the wrong thing. This was predicted in the kjv bible 2Timothy 4. Look for yourself.

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