London, England, Mar 27, 2005 / 22:00 pm
A new version of one of the world’s most widely read English-language Bibles has caused a stir among some Christians in the United States.
The New International Version, renamed Today’s New International Version, underwent a recent “modernization” by a team of 15 American and British scholars and was published March 15.
Scholars say that more than 45,000 changes, about seven per cent of the text, have been made in an effort to update the “archaic” language and use more colloquial terms.
But Paige Patterson, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, told the Telegraph that the translators have gone beyond trying to clarify meaning.