A debate is stirring over revisions made to the final translation of the English Standard Version Bible regarding gender, with one biblical scholars saying the changes are “potentially dangerous.”
The Crossway Board of Directors and the ESV Translation Oversight Committee said in a statement that the 52 words revised in 29 verses were “the culmination of more than 17 years of comprehensive work by the committee, as authorized and initiated by the Crossway Board in 1998.”
Crossway added that the 2016 edition is a “Permanent text of the ESV Bible [and will remain] unchanged throughout the life of the copyright.”
One of the controversial changes can be found in Genesis 3:16.
Editors changed the previous translation of Genesis 3:16 which said, “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” The verse has now been changed to read, “Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”
Northern Seminary New Testament professor Scot McKnight believes the word changes in the newly revised ESV Bible, such as those found in Genesis 3:16, have profoundly negative implications.