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New Community Biblioblog on Translation: BLT

Yesterday, J.K. Gayle announced the formation of a new biblioblog, a community blog, focused on the translation of Scripture.  Regular commenter and blogger on JK’s blog, Theophrastus of What I Learned from Aristotle along with Suzanne McCarthy of Suzanne’s Bookshelf and Craig R. Smith of Notes from the dreamtime and The Inclusive Bible fame.

I don’t know what it is with their fascination with Aristotle, but *Bible*Literature*Translation (the Bible, other Literature, and its Translation) is described as “BLT is not just a sandwich. It’s also a blog. This particular blog is place to discuss the Bible, other Literature, and its Translation. The conversation may include the history, theory, and practice of translating. And we’re not necessarily after agreement. We’d like to hear whatever you have to say. We are J. K. Gayle, Suzanne McCarthy, Craig R. Smith, and Theophrastus.”

All this talk of BLT is making me hungry, but BLTNotjustasandwich.com was started in the hopes of discussing

“the Bible as literature and the literature of translation and the translation of Bibles and the translation of literature and literature of translation and Bible as a translation and literary translations of Bibles and so on. And we are certain to throw in the arts, the sciences, philosophy, mysticism, religion, and pretty much everything else.

The initial crew of bloggers represents a diverse set of viewpoints but one that is unified in our openness to new ideas and a fundamental belief in the dignity of all humans. This blog is open to all: Jews, Catholics, Mainliners, Evangelicals, Eastern Christians, Atheists, Theists outside the Judeo-Christian tradition, etc. For me a strong underlying theme of this blog is that everyone has a voice — especially people that have been traditionally marginalized.

I’ll let my co-bloggers (currently J. K. Gayle, Suzanne McCarthy, and Craig Smith) introduce themselves, but I’ll simply mention that I am a professor at a US university with strong interests in applied issues in linguistics.

There won’t be any bacon or other treif meat in my posts, but there will be lots of substance. I look forward to hearing from you.”

Please go check out BLT and subscribe.

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Ephesians 5 & Submission: I agree with Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachman

Ephesians 4:32-5:2 (NRSV)

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

The very first verse I learned from Ephesians was Ephesians 4:32, from the Jesus Alphabet that my mother taught. The second verse I learned from it came at a Christian camp for teens, as a teenager, Ephesians 6:5-9. The camp counselor, a white, 20-something male and Wesleyan-leaning evangelical, taught us that these passages about slavery had new meaning for today: presto-chango this was a command from God to not join unions when you go to work, to not complain or strike and to do everything that your boss told you to do. At the time, I was quite impressionable, and I never questioned interpretation.

My question today is: why is there such a practice in Christianity that separates (arbitrarily I would say) Paul’s atonement theology from the Christian life. And why in the world in my copy of the NIV 1984 is Ephesians separated into 2, from verses 1-21 and 22-33, while my beloved NRSV has 1-20, and 21-33? Anyone ever think about that? Does verse 21 say something offensive? Oh, BE SUBJECT TO ONE ANOTHER OUT OF REVERENCE FOR THE MESSIAH. But for persons who adhere to the non-gospel of the Gospel Coalition, submission is a one way street, right J K Gayle? Suzanne, do I hear a second?

I may get into the Greek later this week, but for now I leave you with the reception of submission, no not the dictionary definition which excludes the biblical and theological context, but with this quote by Mike Huckabee,

“Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who as an ordained Southern Baptist minister knows a few things about the Bible, explained it to me this way: “This is not about a woman being a doormat. It’s about mutual, reciprocal, selfless, sacrificial love.”

Kirsten Powers’ Stop Attacking Evangelicals at the Daily Beast.

The Bible is Insufficient

From Suzanne’s latest post:

The Bible is not sufficient, we need to interpret the Bible through the prism of the command of Christ. Ironically, this command is also found clearly articulated in all the great religions.

In the context of Suzanne’s post, the Bible is silent on matters such as the appropriate age for marriage (child brides), but does that mean we should remain silent as well?

Indeed, only God’s Grace is sufficient yes? Leaving biblicism all that much more problematic.