Are the Criticisms of the TNIV Bible Really Justified? An Interaction With Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Peter Bradley, D. A. Carson, and Bruce Waltke -- By: Wayne Grudem

Journal: Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Volume: JBMW 07:2 (Fall 2002)
Article: Are the Criticisms of the TNIV Bible Really Justified? An Interaction With Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Peter Bradley, D. A. Carson, and Bruce Waltke
Author: Wayne Grudem


Are the Criticisms
of the TNIV Bible Really Justified?
An Interaction With Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, Peter Bradley, D. A. Carson, and Bruce Waltke

Wayne Grudem

Research Professor of Bible and Theology
Phoenix Seminary, Scottsdale, AZ

Introduction

On September 4, 2002, Zondervan Publishing House sent to all members of the Evangelical Theological Society and all members of the Institute for Biblical Research a packet of information about Today’s New International Version (TNIV). That packet contained articles written by Craig Blomberg,1 Don Carson,2 and Bruce Waltke,3 all defending the TNIV in one way or another. In addition, the packet contained an interview with Peter Bradley,4 the president of the International Bible Society, published in an edition of the IBS publication Light Magazine (July, 2002). In addition to these four articles, Craig Blomberg’s article mentions a widely-circulated article by Darrell Bock, in which he supports the legitimacy of several of the passages that have been criticized in the TNIV.5

I count it a privilege to be able to interact with these five men, each of whom is highly respected in the evangelical world. Craig Blomberg, Darrell Bock, and Don Carson have contributed enormously to the work of evangelical scholarship in New Testament in our generation, and Bruce Waltke has likewise made enormous contributions to the academic study of the Old Testament. I have profited many times both from the academic writings of these men and from personal interaction with each of them.

Peter Bradley is president of a remarkable organization, the International Bible Society, that distributes Bibles in over 100 countries today, and that has been responsible for distributing many millions of Bibles since its founding in 1809. Peter Bradley himself, in several personal conversations with me during the past year, has consistently exhibited personal graciousness and an eagerness to honor Christ in the way we deal with this controversy, as have others involved with Zondervan Publishing House and with the NIV’s Committee on Bible Translation (the CBT).

I am sure that people on both sides of this controversy wish that somehow it would go away. Yet people on both sides are convinced that important principles are at stake, and neither side has felt that it could, in good conscience before God, remain silent.6

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