[Before I begin typing about the topic at hand, let me use this space to apologize to the many of you who have e-mailed me using my AT&T address over the last week-or-so. I now use Gmail (same address, otherwise), and I keep forgetting to check my AT&T Inbox. If you’ve e-mailed me there, I will try to respond soon!]
A new (new to me, that is) Bible translation I ordered came in earlier today, and I thought I might post about it to see if any of you have feelings one way or another about it. It is the Williams New Testament, a private translation by Dr. Charles Bray Williams first published back in 1937.
[Of course, being a New Testament only, it is only a “semi-Bible” in that sense. 🙂 ]
It caught my eye for Dr. Brey’s careful attention to the translation of Greek verbs, for which it has been praised by some. I referred to it in my recently taped telecast “Seven Signs of the Antichrist” and, having looked into it, decided it was worth getting, especially since it was available for such a reasonable price at www.sprawls.org/williams.
Having checked it out a bit, it is clear that Dr. Williams’ theology has affected his translation in places, but this is ever going to be the case, and it doesn’t mean that the translation is not without its merits. I don’t anticipate its replacing my usual references to the NKJV, NASB, et al. any time soon, but as another resource to help me rightly divide the word of truth (cf. 2 Tim 2:15), I hope it can be a worthwhile tool in that regard.
[BTW: There are a few translations that I know of that I am not interested in giving Internet space to, as I believe they have blatantly deceptive content. If I see a reference to one of those and I believe that giving it potential advertising would violate my conscience, I will try to write you to let you know why your comment did not appear. Still, this should not happen often! Also, just because I don’t delete a translation reference from the comments, please don’t think that it means I endorse the translation.]
Enough set up… Let me know what you think!