The Bible is getting a makeover
POSTED: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 5:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 2:45am
TYLER-The top selling bible in North America will undergo its first revision in 25 years. The New International Version will undergo some tweeking. But many are asking why?
The committee on bible translation is a group of scholars and translators who will be modernizing parts of the sacred text. And this isn't the first time the text has been revised, but the past few attempts left some very angry.
The new edition of the New International Version of the bible is coming out in 2011. According to Biblica, the Colorado-based ministry that holds the NIV copyright, says the intent is to update and improve the text.
The last time it was tried, there was a lot of ballyhoo.
But this time around the NIV's overseers announced that the revision process will be more clear. And many prominent pastors including Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church in Tyler, Doug Clark, is okay with the changes.
"I think it's a good idea to try to keep pace with cultural translations and gods words are going to be gods words and its going to talk about Jesus and the Bible and our need for it," Clark said.
Today more than 300 million NIV bibles are in print worldwide and the translation accounts for 30 percent of the bibles sold in North America.