Read 1 Kings 18:21 aloud in the King James Version, then the NASB (which paraphrases halt from limp to hesitate anyway) and you will see why I prefer the KJV. In this instance the KJV language is stronger, more poetic, more precise and most importantly more magisterial. This said, I am looking forward to reading your book when released.
Marcelo Plioplis — EditedDaniel, how do you know the Alexandrian texts omit words? Why isn't it that the Beza/Erasmus texts don't add words?
- Even more interesting that 1 Kings 18:26 uses the same verb פסח to say the worshipers of Baal "leaped" upon the altar they made (KJV), so, clearly this verb has a breadth of meaning (which makes it neither adds nor detracts from its poetry, precision or majesty). However, the Message perhaps captures the best "sense" of the word in verse 21: "How long are you going to sit on the fence?" I have learned, in my nearly 30 years of study in the Biblical languages, that Bible study includes looking at all aspects of the text in question (beginning with the original context) and examining a breadth and depth of resources (even those with which I may disagree) in order to get a better grasp of the meaning of the text. This is not so that I may lord it over others, but so that the Scriptures may speak truth into my life, that I would be transformed by their words (whether English, Hebrew, Greek or nuances found in other languages). Only then, after God has transformed me by His words, am I able to emphatically say, "Thus says the Lord..." about any text and impress on others the importance of those words. I have yet to read Dr. Ward's book, but I am looking forward to it as a companion to Dr. Carson's brief treatise on this same subject. I ascribe to no translation as "the best", but rely on the original languages (including the Byzantine texts). The KJV is a beautiful piece of literature, for its poetry and majesty--I will never deny that. Many prefer to use it, and I respect that. However, it should never be a definition of orthodoxy. Fallible men wrote the KJV, as did the NASB, ESV, Vulgate, Coptic, Syriac, Russian, Spanish and any other translation.