Jewish Studies prof alters Hebrew language to be more 'gender inclusive'
A Jewish Studies professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder is teaching an altered version of the Hebrew language, meant to be more inclusive to those who do not identify with a particular gender.
The Nonbinary Hebrew Project began as a collaboration between a gender non-conforming student and Jewish Studies professor Eyal Rivlin to solve the supposed problem that the language left ‚Äúlittle to no room for those who identify as nonbinary.‚ÄĚ The student who was used to using pronouns that have come to be known as ‚Äúgender-neutral,‚ÄĚ such as ‚Äúthey‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúthem,‚ÄĚ reportedly faced a ‚Äúspecial set of challenges‚ÄĚ when studying Hebrew due to the fact that many Hebrew words, like most other languages, require the speaker to assign a gender to them....
I found a fascinating scripture from Zephaniah chapter 3 and verse 9, part of a prophecy of the spiritual restoration of literal Israel and the Jewish people, and something that defies this liberal Jewish professor of Hebrew, that he cannot succeed in perverting the Hebrew language, and that God will have His way, with the Jewish people.
It says, ‚ÄúFor then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent‚ÄĚ, and in verses 12 and 13 it says, ‚Äú12. I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. 13. The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.‚ÄĚ
In the same chapter, the prophet Zephaniah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, commands Israel to sing and shout and rejoice in the LORD their God, that God has taken away the evil from them, that the King (their true Messiah, Yeshua Ha‚ÄôMaschiach - the Lord Jesus Christ), is in the midst of them, and that the LORD will rejoice over them with singing.
I have found a set of three sermons by Jeff Riddle of Christ Reformed Church (Reformed Baptist), in Virginia, which uses the KJV, on the ending of Mark‚Äôs Gospel here on SA, and I shall listen with great interest to see what he makes of this subject, in light of those who espouse the modern versions and deny the canonicity of this passage.
To revert to the original and proper subject of this thread, one must remember that as well as the Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox, Conservative (US), and Reform (UK), Jews, and also the atheistical secular Jews, there is a smaller (in UK), and rather larger (in USA), movement of semi-religious Jews, known as Reform (USA), and Liberal Progressive (UK), who like modern liberal mainstream Protestant denominations, deny the Bible, Christian biblical morality, and I suspect this Jewish professor in Colorado is probably one of these.
Craig Bloomberg is egalitarian as a biblical scholar. He‚Äôs somewhat the ‚ÄúMark Driscoll‚ÄĚ of the NIV. He throws punches at other scholars by basically insulting them. Of course he comes across as mister nice guy, till you you show up with a NKJV.
Gil Rugh wrote: sameness meaning 'no distinctions' between men and women is widely promoted as relating to equality between the sexes. Many who identify themselves as evangelicals hold and promote just such views - but that is contrary to God's view as He has revealed in His word.
God as Creator has ultimate, sovereign power and authority over all His creation so it is His will and His purposes that must be accomplished in His creation. As such, fallen man denies Him to be Creator being unwilling to submit to His authority.
In reviewing the creation account, God's design, designations and distinctions between men and women become evident. The order of creation remains significant. Having created man and woman in the order He did, for the purposes He did, continue unchanged as He is an unchanging God.
What becomes clear from a study of the creation account as well is the efforts of Satan, God's adversary, to rebel against God and influence God's creation to join him in his relentless opposition. By nature and by choice, fallen man chooses to join Satan's ranks and oppose God unless God intervenes in his life personally.
The bible isn't gender specific unless the context makes it so. People get worked up about non-inclusive language out of ignorance.
Look at the verses JohnUK posted:
Acts 4:8-12 KJV (8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, (9) If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; (10) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (11) This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
v9: "man" and "he" isn't specific to the male only, lest women receive not the good deed done, nor be made whole.
v12: "men" includes women, lest "none other name" be given among males only.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
"Man" is not male here, but male and female. Bible is already inclusive.
There's a Pastor out of Las Vegas, who broadcasts, and uploads to SermonAudio, so I guess I shouldn't mention his name, but surprisingly, he uses the NIV to preach from, argues for it, and against the King James, as well as the other versions. How this guy comfortably settled on the NIV, is beyond me. I've listened to some of his uploads, and I'm not sure his calling was to be a preacher leading a flock, but he's not alone, I guess, either. The NIV though? Strange.
Chris G P wrote: Tragically, I have seen this terrible ignorance first hand. I was present when a church elder of a really good evangelistic church, which had a very good statement of faith, but regrettably used the old version of the NIV, that you can‚Äôt get now, complained that they now had to order the newer ‚Äúgender neutral‚ÄĚ version of the NIV, to replace their older worn bibles, as they could no longer get the out of print older version!! ...
Quite the clever dickie tactic, eh? And it's not as though the original version was better than the old standard KJV. Far from it. But the original was never the intended "take-over" Bible. It was merely a buttering-up Bible, and now look at how many formerly respected ministers of God's word have been buttered-up so much that they are quite happy to change their pew Bibles every few years in order to stay "trendy" and "with it". Oh, and they never even consider that the new so-called Bibles they keep buying are supplying the coffers of ecumenicals. United Bible Societies (UBS). The clue is in the name.
Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS, singular) is far preferable.
Tragically, I have seen this terrible ignorance first hand. I was present when a church elder of a really good evangelistic church, which had a very good statement of faith, but regrettably used the old version of the NIV, that you can‚Äôt get now, complained that they now had to order the newer ‚Äúgender neutral‚ÄĚ version of the NIV, to replace their older worn bibles, as they could no longer get the out of print older version!!
Things are not helped by even very solid godly teachers and preachers. One whose newsletter and blog I get, and who generally I really respect, sadly in his latest blog, took the ‚Äúnew modern Bible‚ÄĚ position that the last verses of Mark‚Äôs gospel are not in the ‚Äúmost reliable and ancient manuscripts‚ÄĚ and are therefore not really therefore part of the Bible.! This is most sad.
I guess this suited his cessationist view on spiritual gifts, but actually one of my own previous pastors, who is also a cessationist, has actually written a booklet, defending the KJV text of these last verses of Mark‚Äôs Gospel.
By the way Westcott and Hort‚Äôs / Nestle Aland liberal Bible text also cuts out the great evangelistic passage in John‚Äôs Gospel of the woman caught in adultery. Why are Bible evangelicals defending liberal Bible positions?
Acts 4:8-12 KJV (8)¬† Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, (9)¬† If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; (10)¬† Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. (11)¬† This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (12)¬† Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.