Have you ever wondered how Bibles are translated from their original Greek or Hebrew into English? Virtually all popular Bibles — the ones you buy in bookstores like the New International Version (NIV), the Revised Standard Version (RSV), and so forth — are the result of the deliberations of committees of scholars who have a broad range of expertise.
The video below shows a modern day translation committee as it revises the latest edition of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. The scholars participating in this committee are some of the best known and widely respected in the world. Here they debate how to translate the Hebrew word עָבַד (ehved), often translated as ‘slave’ in older English Bibles.
The debate includes Peter Williams, Gordon Wenham, Jack Collins, Wayne Grudem and Paul House.