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That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release

Postby Abiding in His Word on Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:09 pm

That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release for full New Testament - Holly

BroadSteet Publishing has announced an Oct. 31 release date — Halloween Day — for the controversial Passion Translation’s complete New Testament.

This popular New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) “translation” of the Bible is produced by the NAR apostle Brian Simmons. Simmons claims that Christ visited him personally and commissioned him to produce this new translation, where he has taken Bible verses and changed them to make them appear like they support NAR teachings. It’s endorsed by leading NAR apostles and prophets, including Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, and Lou Engle.

Up to now, Simmons has released the Passion Translation in installments, starting with Song of Songs in 2011. The Oct. 31 release will include the full New Testament plus Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Songs.

In preparation for the release, the publisher has announced plans to expand the secretive editorial team of “respected scholars” who are allegedly behind this translation project. I refer to the team as “secretive” because Simmons–who describes himself as the lead translator–claims that a team of respected scholars and editors evaluate his work. But, to date, he has not publicly identified any of those supposed scholars. And the publisher’s latest announcement, about expanding the team, also does not identify any of the scholars. See this statement from the Passion Translation’s FAQ page:

    In preparation for the release of the full New Testament October 31, 2017, BroadStreet Publishing is forming an even more extensive and diverse team to review and provide critical feedback to ensure The Passion Translation is faithful to the original text and heart of God.

It’d be almost kind of funny — if it weren’t such a serious matter — that the publisher claims to be adding more phantom scholars to the team. Do they think this translation actually gains credibility by beefing up the ghost squad? And why won’t Simmons reveal who is editing his work? Could it be that these individuals don’t have any more qualifications to make a new translation of the Bible than Simmons does? Read about his lack of qualifications and other serious problems with the Passion Translation in a series of posts I wrote.

In contrast to the Passion Translation, other true Bible translations–such as the New King James Version, the English Standard Version, and the New International Version–are produced by a team of scholars (not a single lead translator). And the names of those scholars are identified publicly–not shrouded in secrecy.

Having a shadowy team of figures behind this disturbing translation makes it that much scarier for anyone who might be considering lending it the same credibility as reputable translations of the Scriptures.


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Re: That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release

Postby El Gallo on Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:34 am

Sounds just like Mohammed and Joseph Smith; God revealed a new thing just to him. No matter, even Hillary Clinton's book will sell more copies.
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Re: That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release

Postby Jay Ross on Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:33 pm

Abidding, I also have concerns with the translations that reflect differing theological understandings that have been written to support the particular theories of the translation “teams.” Yet, in this post you have singled out only one particular translation, i.e. the Passion Translation, and expressed your concerns that it has changed the understanding of the original context of the Hebrew and Greek base texts. This charge can be laid at most translation and many people defend these translations as if they are infallible and are truly the “Word of God.”

Before we begin pointing the accusing finger at others perhaps we should ensure that our own house is in order first.
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Re: That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release

Postby Abiding in His Word on Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:09 pm

Hi Jay,

FYI, the post about the Passion Translation was made by Holly, not me. I posted the link to her Spirit of Error blog at the end of the article above, but I realize it may appear to be my post unless you see or visit the link. Holly is aware that I post her articles on this web site as I asked her permission given she participated here back before Herb passed away.

In case you don't regularly follow Holly's blog, her focus has long been on the errors of the group called the New Apostolic Reformation. This information on the web site further identifies who Holly is:

Holly Pivec is the co-author of A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement and God’s Super-Apostles: Encountering the Worldwide Prophets and Apostles Movement. She has a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University.


My understanding of Holly's current concern about this translation is found in the article itself; mainly that the author/translator claims to have been visited by Jesus Himself to commission him to do this, and secondly that he did so alone without the benefit of other scholars for ensuring the best, most accurate translation result. Of further concern is that the translation evidently supports the erroneous beliefs of the NAR which obviously was the intention.
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Re: That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release

Postby Jay Ross on Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:02 pm

Abidding, FYI, I am not a mind reader and I do not know the handle that your parents bestowed on you.

Otherwise I might have directed my comments towards Holly instead and even posted it the comments section of her blog.

Be that as it may be, mentioning that the post was copied from Holly's blog, even with the link, may have helped me understand who was the author.

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Re: That’s scary: Passion Translation plans Oct. 31 release

Postby Abiding in His Word on Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:25 am

Jay, fair enough; point taken. I'll be more careful in the future to make sure I'm attributing Holly's articles to her by adding her name to the topic and have corrected this one.
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