In a recent post, offering somewhat of a review of the updated NIV, professor Scot McKnight hopes that this new NIV can be a uniting Bible:
It is my hope that this Bible can be a uniting Bible. Bibles should not be tribal, and they should not be known for a given posture on politically hot theological topics, nor should they be used as a litmus test of who is the most faithful. They are designed so that we might hear a faithful word from God, and that we might be able to read it and teach it with confidence. read more…
I too would like there to be a uniting Bible, thus putting an end to Bible tribalism (you know, ESV for those who are both Calvinists and complementarian). But I’m afraid that the updated NIV is not it.
Yes, in many ways the updated NIV is an improvement of the 1984 NIV. But its translations philosophy still leaves many disappointed. Personally, I wish more connectors were restored.
Though Bibles should not be tribal, the fact of our various Christian denominations, church traditions, various reading of certain texts, all contribute to this tribalism.
It’s a complex matter.