Monthly Archives: January 2009

Galatians Through the Centuries reviews

Review of Biblical Literature has just posted two reviews of

John Riches, Galatians Through the Centuries. (Blackwell Bible Commentaries). Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 063123084X, 9780631230847.

One is by Martin Meiser and the other is by John Dunnill. Visit Book Reviews.org to download.

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Changes to the HCSB translation

The Christian Insight blog is offering a series of posts comparing the original HCSB translation with its latest incarnation. The relevant posts for Galatians can be found as follows:

Galatians 1
Galatians 2
Galatians 3
Galatians 4
Galatians 5
Galatians 6

The changes are not major and mostly consist of a few words here and there. Take a look at the following example from 3:19.

Original version:
19 Why the law then? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was ordered through angels by means of a mediator.

New version:
19 Why then was the law given? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.

I think the revision makes the original intention clearer and is more understandable to English readers. They have also maintained an interpretive distance leaving the indentity of the mediator for the reader to discover rather than inserting the name Moses as some translations have done.

L. Ann Jervis commentary for $1.99

This weekend CBD is offering the New International Biblical Commentary on Galatians by L. Ann Jervis for $1.99. Get it while you can!