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ESV Shows Calvinistic Bias at 1 Peter 1:3

Discussion in 'Bible Versions & Translations' started by InTheLight, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. InTheLight

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    ESV shows its Calvinist bias again at 1 Peter 1:3. The new birth is described as something God causes in us, not something that is given to us. Yes, I understand that God does all the work in the new birth, we do nothing, but the ESV is a major departure from most other translations here.

    1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [ESV]

    1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [KJV]

    1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [NIV]

    1 Peter 1:3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead [HCSB]

    1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead [RSV]
     
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    The ESV is just translating the Greek word. ἀναγεννάω (anagennao), which is active and being done to the direct object "us".

    BDAG "beget again, cause to be born again"

    Louw- Nida "to cause to be changed as a form of spiritual rebirth - to cause to be born again, to be given new birth"

    EDNT "cause to be born again"

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    Every version says the same thing. God is the cause agent.

    I am mystified by your complaint.
     
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    It's not that much of an outlier. The New American Standard has "caused us to be born again," as do the Lexham English Bible and the World English Bible.
     
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    I noticed that the OP left out the NASB. The Lockman Foundation cannot be accused of being a Calvinist shill.
     
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    Oh, sorry. Yes, these versions show Calvinistic bias as well. Thanks for alerting me.
     
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    Maybe it shows the truth,and exposes the real bias which is against the truth???
     
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    I have a hard time imaging that Calvinist bias was the reason it was translated such in the LEB. They have a number of nonCals involved in the translation and study notes.
     
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    So, I give you a lump upside your head. I caused you to have a lump on your head.

    I give you a hamburger. I caused you to have a hamburger.

    What is your issue with the ESV translation?
     
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