From The Mailbox -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Priscilla Papers
Volume: PP 11:1 (Winter 1997)
Article: From The Mailbox
Author: Anonymous


From The Mailbox

Dear Dr. David Scholer,

I read with great interest your article on the NIV: Inclusive Language Edition, “An Important But Mysterious Event” (Priscilla Papers, Fall 1996). As the International President of International Bible Society, I’m happy to break the “silence” and solve this mystery for you.

The inclusive edition of the NIV was completed last year. As it was ready to be published, it was decided that because International Bible Society/Zondervan was going to release a New International Reader’s Version, the NIV at the 3.5 grade reading level, during the summer of 1996, the NIV should be released first. This edition is inclusive in its nature.

As that version was not ready to be launched in Britain until next year, it was decided to go ahead and let Hodder publish the inclusive version this last fall.

Zondervan and IBS will publish an inclusive version of the NIV in the American market. It is not clear yet if that will be done before the major revision that IBS has been working on with the Committee on Bible Translation, which has been going on for the last five-six years. It may be that the next edition will include all those changes, and in that case will not be released until the year 2000. These things are still being debated; that’s why we have not been public with it.

I trust that this information will be helpful to you.

Lars B. Dunberg


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