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Gender-Neutral Text. (Religion)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Gender-Neutral Text. (Religion)

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The country's best-selling modern Bible will be issued in a gender-neutral version this spring, despite criticism from conservative groups who call the changes a gross mistake.

The latest revision, called "Today's New International Version" (TNIV), will include generic phrases for instances in which the meaning of the original text was intended to include both men and women, say officials with the Colorado-based International Bible Society (IBS), which will publish the new version.

For example, "sons of God" will become "children of God," "brothers" will be replaced by "brothers and sisters" and "he who believes" will become "whoever believes." IBS officials say it is clear in such passages the original text never intended any specific reference to men. The new version will retain the masculine terminology when referring to God and Jesus Christ.

IBS officials believe the revision will make the Bible more relevant for those who have a hard time understanding its current language. "We believe that to effect positive change in our world, we must communicate with today's generations in the English they are being taught and that they speak," says IBS President Peter Bradley. …

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