Re: [asa] Proposed Revision of Genesis 1-11 in the KJV

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Fri Apr 18 2008 - 15:16:17 EDT

Dick -

You won't be surprised if I tell you that the whole project is misguided. For starters, the notion that translators of RSV, NRSV, NEB, NIV have made use of nothing that has been learned since 1611 is simply untrue. The reason they haven't put into their versions some of the things you have in yours is simply that they've tried to translate what the original Hebrew meant, not read into it what modern science has learned about the natural world.

Your rendering of 1:27, "So God created Adam12 in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them", is especially bad. As is clear from the concluding clause, the reference is to humankind, "male and female." So to translate 'adham as "Adam," which people will of course read as the proper name of a single male human, is just wrong. NRSV's "So God created humankind in his own image" is correct.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Dick Fischer
  To: ASA
  Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:39 PM
  Subject: [asa] Proposed Revision of Genesis 1-11 in the KJV

  Our organization, Genesis Proclaimed Association, is making an effort to bring Genesis 1-11 in the KJV into the 21st century. We are not tying to change the essence, or the tone, or the majesty of the narrative. This is simply an attempt to give the original translators the benefit of the knowledge that has been obtained over the last 400 years in the areas of geology, anthropology, and the history of the ancient Near East. On our web page is a proposed revision available for comments, criticisms, laments, etc.


  Anybody who would like to offer something is free to do so. After we have accumulated as much feedback as possible over the next few months we will drop the word "proposed."




  Dick Fischer. author, lecturer

  Historical Genesis from Adam to Abraham



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