Q & A with Trevin Wax, Publisher of the Newly Revised Christian Standard Bible
The Holman Christian Standard Bible is updated and revised.
Ed: As a publisher of Bibles, what trends are you seeing about Bible reading practices?
Trevin: Our research shows that people often own several Bibles, respect the Bible as a sacred text, and want to read it, but tend to not open it up with great frequency.
Ed: Why are people not reading the Bible more?
Trevin: The top reason people give is they say they are too busy and don’t have time. Of course, that’s a matter of priorities, and not something that I can impact directly as a Bible publisher! But closely behind that reason—people feel frustrated because the Bible is difficult to understand. The Christian Standard Bible translation team took this to heart as they worked on the latest update.
Ed: What is the background of the Christian Standard Bible? How is it unique?
Trevin: The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). The CSB includes updated translation and word choices in order to optimize both fidelity to the original languages and clarity for a modern audience.
The CSB is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.
Ed: Who are the translators of the CSB, the denominations they represent, and why were they selected?
Trevin: The original HCSB translation committee includes more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations who translated the HCSB from the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic languages.
In keeping with that trans-denominational focus, the revision …
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