In Genesis 3:1 the serpent asked the woman, "Did God really say, 'You can't eat from any tree in the garden'?" What has God really said? Before we can obey Him, we must know what He has said. The Psalmist prayed twice in his affliction, "Give me life through Your word" (Ps 119:25, 107). When Jesus was afflicted by the Devil in the wilderness (Mt 4:1-11), He defended Himself with the sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17) - God's Word. But Christians must know what God has said if we are to find strength and healing from affliction and defense against the Devil. Bible translation is not a casual enterprise because it involves bringing the life-saving Word of God to people in their own language. And selecting a Bible translation is not on the order of picking out a sweater. It's more like picking a doctor - someone you can trust. This book is about how Bible translation is done. And it commends a particular translation - the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) - as a trustworthy guide to what God has really said.
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About the Author
E. RAY CLENDENEN
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Ph.D. 1989, University of Texas at Arlington in Humanities, concentration in Linguistics (secondary area, Ancient Greek history and culture).
Doctoral study in Old Testament, 1983-84, Dallas Theological Seminary.
M.A. in Biblical Studies, 1982, Dropsie College of Hebrew and Cognate Learning.
Th.M. in Semitics and Old Testament, 1975, Dallas Theological Seminary.
B.A. in Anthropology, 1971, Rice University.
Senior editor, Bible & Reference area, B&H Publishing, 2010–.
Senior editor, Academic books, B&H Publishing, 2006–2010.
Adjunct professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011–.
Adjunct professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2010.
Proposal evaluation committee member for Old Testament, ETS, 2012–.
Steering committee member, ETS Biblical Hebrew Language & Exegesis Consultation, 2009–.
Editorial supervisor, Bible, Academic, and Reference Book Department, B&H, August, 1997–2006.
General editor, New American Commentary, Broadman & Holman Publishers/Baptist Sunday School Board, 1992–present.
Associate general editor, Holman Christian Standard Bible translation, 1998–2004
Adjunct professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993–2004.
Professor (and eventual department head) of Old Testament and Hebrew, Criswell College, 1982-92.
Instructor in Bible, Philadelphia College of Bible, 1979-82.
Pastor, Rozetta Baptist Church, Little York, IL, 1975-78.
General editor, The New American Commentary.
Series editor, NAC Studies in Bible and Theology.
“Widows and Orphans in the Old Testament,” Biblical Illustrator, forthcoming.
“Salvation by Faith or by Faithfulness in the Book of Habakkuk?” Bulletin of Biblical Research, forthcoming.
“A Passionate Prophet: Reading Emotions in the Book of Malachi,” Bulletin of Biblical Research 23.2 (2013): 207–21.
“The Message and Purpose of the Book of Job,” Biblical Illustrator 39.4 (2013): 22–25.
“The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)” in Which Bible Translation Should I Use? ed. Andreas J. Köstenberger and David A. Croteau (Nashville: B&H, 2012).
The HCSB: Navigating the Horizons in Bible Translation. (Nashville: B&H, 2012).
“An Overview of Malachi,” Biblical Illustrator 38.4 (2012): 22–26.
Bibliography for Old Testament Studies. Self-published on academia.edu
Associate editor, The HCSB Study Bible (B&H, 2010).
“Eternal Punishment: The Biblical Evidence,” Areopagus Journal 8.5 (Sept/Oct, 2008): 8–16.
Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue, ed. E. Ray Clendenen and Brad J. Waggoner (B&H, 2008).
Associate editor, The Apologetics Study Bible, 2007.
Malachi, New American Commentary vol. 21A (B&H, 2004) (with Haggai by R. A. Taylor).
Associate editor, Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Broadman & Holman, 2003).
“Textlinguistics and the Book of the Twelve,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (2003): 385–99.
“The Minor Prophets,” in The Concise Holman Bible Commentary, ed. D. Dockery. B&H, 1998.
“Interpreting the Minor Prophets for Preaching,” Faith and Mission 13 (1995): 54–69.
“Religious Background for the Old Testament,” in Foundations for Biblical Interpretation, ed. D. Dockery, K. Mathews, R. Sloan, Broadman & Holman, 1994.
“Postholes, Postmodernism, and the Prophets” in The Challenges of Postmodernism, ed. D. Dockery, Bridgepoint, 1994.
“Old Testament Prophets as Hortatory: Examples from Malachi,” Journal of Textlinguistics and Translation, 6 (1993): 336–41.
Old Testament editor, Believer’s Study Bible. Nelson, 1991.
Articles in The Holman Bible Handbook, edited by David Dockery. Broadman, 1992 [reprint edition 1999].
“Life in God’s Land: An Outline of the Theology of Deuteronomy.” In The Church at the Dawn of the 21st Century, ed. Paige Patterson, et al. Dallas: Criswell Publications, 1989.
“Discourse Strategies in Jeremiah 10,” Journal of Biblical Literature (Sept. 1988): 401-8.
“The Structure of Malachi: A Textlinguistic Study,” Criswell Theological Review 2 (1987): 3-17.
“Won by the Baptists, Caught by the Cults,” Shophar 7 (Spring, 1983): 17-20.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I prefer NASB or ESV but the Holman is a sound translation for casual bible reading.