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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Why Would a Bible Translation Use the Word 'Palestine'?
Why would this fine translation introduce the word
Why would this fine translation introduce the word "Palestine" in its section headings? (StockSnap)
The New American Standard Bible (NASB) s one of the most widely used modern translations of the Bible, and there is not the slightest hint that the translation is anti-Israel, let alone anti-Semitic. So, my question comes by way of interest and curiosity, not by way of indictment or accusation. Why would this fine translation introduce the word "Palestine" in its section headings?

This would be similar to a history book carrying the caption, "Christopher Columbus discovers the United States." Or, "The rule of Genghis Khan extends into the Soviet Union." Or, "T. E. Lawrence was famously known as 'Lawrence of Saudi Arabia.'"

All of these would be grossly anachronistic.

Yet none of my examples are as anachronistic as what is consistently found in various editions of the NASB, including print editions (the one in front of me is printed by Cambridge University Press) and various digital versions (for example, on Bible Gateway, Bible Hub and the Laridian PocketBible, which is found in the Logos app).

As a colleague (and long-time reader of the NASB) pointed out to me today, in several places in the translation, "Palestine" is introduced in the section headings.

And so, the print edition carries this section heading before Joshua 10:29: "Joshua's Conquest of Southern Palestine." Similarly, each of the digital versions I mentioned carries this heading before Joshua 11:1: "Northern Palestine Taken." read more
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