Thursday, April 21, 2011

The King's Version: A Contemporary Translation of the New Testament

Apparently, N.T. Wright has prepared a new translation of the NT, "The King’s Version: A Contemporary Translation of the New Testament" to be released in September by HarperCollins (HT: Euagelion).

Clayboy assumes that Wright has simply extracted the working translation of the New Testament he developed in his “for everyone” commentary series. I do not know whether and to what extent Wright's translation work involves any text-critical decisions.

6 comments:

  1. The odd thing was, I'm sure I read something somewhere which made me think this was essentially the NT for everyone extracted.

    Matt Page's comment on my post suggests this is basically right.

    I would imagine (it being a popular series) text critical judgments will only rarely be referred to, even where Wright has made his own.

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  2. It strikes me as an odd title. Does anyone know the reasoning behind it?

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  3. Ryan, "The King's Version" probably comes simply from Wright's belief that the Gospel is the announcement of Jesus as King.

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  4. ah. I can see how that could be his intent.

    Still sounds a little odd to me though.

    First, I wonder how many laypeople will confuse it with the king's version with the king james version.

    second, in the history of translations, if we call something "so-and-so's version", e.g. weymouth's version, we're usually referring to the translator. In this case then, it makes it sound a little like wright has given himself a promotion!

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  5. Jonathan Hurshman3:31 pm, May 18, 2011

    According to both the publisher's website and Amazon, the title is now "The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation".

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  6. it was nice, understanding without having to translate first

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