Sunday, 18 July 2004

Good as New

A question was asked about this new Bible paraphrase.

Mrs Margaret Brown (Chichester)
In view of the fact that the Archbishop of Canterbury has commended Good as New, does this mean that it is now appropriate to consider this a worthy version to use in the worship of the Church of England?

The Bishop of Salisbury (for the Liturgical Commission) replied:
Versions of Scripture: A Note by the House of Bishops (GS Misc 698) gives guidance about the choice of versions of Scripture for use in public worship. It offers a number of criteria and then comments ‘A distinction needs to be drawn between translation and paraphrase. Versions which are read in church during the course of public worship should be translations of the Bible, not paraphrases of it. In less formal contexts, paraphrases may be useful.’

For the full text of GS Misc 698 go here.

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Simon, thanks for your extensive coverage of General Synod. As a Yank, I must confess I didn’t follow it too closely, but your site made it easy to browse what interested me. Well done.

On a totally different note, I’ve decided I think Mrs. Margaret Brown is a wonderful role model! Her name seemed familiar and so I searched on Google and found all the great questions and comments she’s made a Synods over the years. What a fantastic example of a passionate, committed and informed laywoman!

Posted by: Karen B. at July 19, 2004 12:46 AM