Saturday, July 17, 2010

Luther's Bible to be revised, hopefully corrected


Protestant church to revise Luther Bible

Even before the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 a revised Luther Bible is to be published. For this purpose the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) have established a nine-member working group led by former Thuringian Bishop Christoph Kähler came the news yesterday on the part of the working group. The committee includes, among others, scholars from the fields of exegesis, Practical Theology, Liturgy and Germanistik.

The main coordinator for the work on the Old Testament is to be the Munich Old Testament scholar Christoph Levin, for the New Testament, the New Testament scholar, the Berlin based Jens Schröter takes the lead.

This edition of the Bible will not be a complete revision, said the New Testament scholar from the University of Münster Hermut Löhr about the project. The aim, above all, is to incorporate the text-critical and exegetical insights of the last 25 years in a non-radical manner.

At the same time should receive the special linguistic charecter of Luther's translation will remain said Loehr.

Cathcon- bet they don't ditch the notorious translation of Romans 3.28 Sola Fide By Faith Alone. Luther inserted alone. He was challenged as it is not in the Vulgate or any of the texts behind the Vulgate. When challenged he said that I Dr Martin Luther have translated it like this.... so that was that. He prefered his own inspiration to Divine writ.

Easily the most unpleasant man to crawl out of the pages of ecclesiastical history- and there are some competitors. He at various times recommended the slaughter of Jews, peasants and the mentally disabled. The Lutherans often say that he was a child of his time, by way of excuse of him and them for belonging to a ecclesiastical organisation named after him. The reality is that he was one of the chief brutalisers of his own age and more brutal than the majority of the people, made worse by the fact that he was well informed and powerful.
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