Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 28, 2002

Bible Scholar John Kohlenberger to Present Lecture on Today's New International Version Bible

Bible scholar and author John Kohlenberger III will present a lecture, "Introducing Today's New International Version: A Significant New Edition of the Best-Selling English Bible," at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8, in Seeley Mudd Chapel at Whitworth College.The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (509) 777-3204.

The Today's New International Version (TNIV) Bible, published by Zondervan, is an updated edition of the highly popular New International Version and includes changes that were made ".to better clarify passages or update colloquial English without altering the intended meaning," according to the TNIV official website by Zondervan and the International Bible Society (IBS), who collaborated to publish the book.

The edition is intended to meet "a growing need to reach today's generation with language they can understand and relate to," Zondervan and the IBS state. "As English language usage changes, the Scriptures must be presented with unwavering accuracy in a way that clearly and accurately communicates in today's language."

The TNIV was developed by the Committee on Bible Translation, which consists of linguists and biblical scholars from a wide range of institutions including Wheaton College, Dallas Theological Seminary, Spurgeon's College (London), and Bethel Seminary. Members of the committee represent such denominations as Baptist, Presbyterian, Christian Reformed and Church of England.

The TNIV translation of the New Testament is currently available for purchase; the complete text, including the Old Testament, is expected in 2005. The NIV, which is the most widely read contemporary English translation in the world according to Zondervan, the book's publisher, will continue to be published without changes or updates.

According to Zondervan and IBS, 7 percent of the NIV text has been updated in the TNIV edition and less than 30 percent of the changes made in the TNIV are gender-related.

"All gender-related changes in the TNIV are made to update masculine terminology that is often misunderstood and clearly used with generic intent," says Zondervan and IBS. "The gender-related changes made in the TNIV do not have any doctrinal impact upon the text of Scripture."

The TNIV is being met with opposition from some religious groups and leaders, as well as from some seminary professors, due to the gender-related changes that have been made in specific areas.

John Kohlenberger III is a Bible scholar and freelance writer who is the author of numerous Bible commentaries and concordances, as well as Bible dictionaries, and study and reference guides. Kohlenberger's works include the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary and The Exhaustive Concordance to the Greek New Testament. A resident of Vancouver, Wash., Kohlenberger holds a bachelor of theology degree in Greek and biblical studies from Multnomah Bible College and a master's degree in Hebrew and Old Testament studies from Western Seminary.

Contacts:

Noel Wescombe, associate professor of psychology, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3204 or nwescombe@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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