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March 10, 2011

Wheaton Professors Serve as Translators for Updated NIV


Two members of Wheaton’s Biblical and Theological Studies faculty served on the translation team that updated the text of the New International Version of the Bible (NIV).

Dr. Douglas Moo and Dr. Karen Jobes served on the Committee on Bible Translation for the updated NIV. The most recent revision follows the Today’s New International Version (TNIV), which was released in its entirety in 2005.

Moo, who is the Blanchard Professor of New Testament at the College, and Jobes, the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, served on the committees that produced both the TNIV and the revised NIV.

“I consider it a great privilege to be involved in the work of Bible translation, because it is a direct way of bringing Christian scholarship into the lives of people around the world,” says Jobes.

Moo, who chaired the Committee on Bible Translation, says the translation balances accuracy in the original documents with comprehensibility for a broad audience.

“We are deeply conscious of the impact and significance of our work,” he says. “We pray that the NIV will be a tool that God will use to transform lives all over the world, and to bring great glory to himself.”

The late Dr. Gerald Hawthorne, Professor Emeritus of Greek, worked on the original NIV translation of Philippians. The late Dr. Herbert Wolf, Professor of Old Testament, also served on the Committee on Bible Translation for many years.

The updated NIV text became available online at in November 2010, and in printed materials in March 2011.

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