Nevertheless, translating the Major and Minor prophets has been a very rewarding and fulfilling experience. Although I do not consider this translation to be in the same league with the official translations like the NRSV and ESV, it nevertheless reflects the tone and intensity that I feel when I read the prophets.
If there is one thing true about the prophets, it is this: they are not "nice." The Old Testament prophets were men on fire: they raged against injustice, they howled in grief over the oppression of the poor, they verbally assaulted the unrepentant and unfaithful with descriptions of judgment and horror, and then they turned around and spoke words of healing and comfort with some of the most beautiful and tender poetry anywhere in the world. There was nothing half-measured with the prophets. They were intense and passionate about everything.
In regards to my translation, I think the most obvious way that intensity is seen is in my use of exclamation points. I admit it, I use them a lot. That should give anyone a clue to how I read the prophets in my head. I don't hear them calmly making their pronouncements like they were news anchors on the BBC. I hear them shouting, pleading, and raging. So if you get the feeling that the prophets are shouting at you as you read my translation...they are!
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About the Author
English Literature, Bible, Church History, and Worldview. He has written a number of articles for Biblical Theology Bulletin, Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, and Currents in Biblical Research. He also maintains a blog,resurrecting orthodoxy (at joeledmundanderson.com), where he writes on a variety of topics, from Biblical Studies, Church History, the New Atheist Movement, Young Earth Creationism, and other topics related to
Anderson also has written a translation of the New Testament, and of the Old Testament: Torah and Former Prophets. In addition, he was written a book about the Young Earth Creationist movement entitled, "The Heresy of Ham," a personal memoir of his teaching experiences entitled, "Getting Schooled," and a book of poetry entitled, "Up Until August."
Anderson holds a B.S. Ed. in English from Northwest Missouri State University, an M.A. in Theological Studies from Regent College, an M.A. in Old Testament Studies from Trinity Western University, and a PhD. in Old Testament from University of Pretoria.