I woke up this morning thinking about the Good News Bible / Today’s English Version. You remember that one, don’t you? It first came out as the New Testament called “Good News for Modern Man”, back around 1970-71 or so.
My first thoughts were, they couldn’t name it that nowadays! Nobody would understand that. What about modern women? So I suppose the Good News Bible isn’t too bad a title. Neither is Today’s English Version, though that seems a bit generic to me.
I am aware that the GNB/TEV is online somewhere, though I haven’t bothered to go and find it today. I know it’s not on Bible Gateway. I should take a little time and find it, so I can read it and get a better feel for this rarely-talked-about Bible.
I don’t know why, but it seems my United Methodist Church, at least locally, latched onto the GNB some years back as the Bible they gave to the third graders. I believe two or three of my four kids received it. But I never really gave it a serious look. Our last liberal pastor even read from it occasionally in church, and I suppose that my feelings were that since he used it, I wouldn’t. (Odd. My liberal pastor used the GNB. My new evangelical pastor uses and promotes the NRSV. Figure that out!)
I remember when my younger brother came to faith, and the group of kids he was in who went to church camp and came to faith around the same time were all using the Good News for Modern Man NT at the time. It was the “in” Bible for them. I looked at it, saw the stick-figure drawings, read the easy language, and decided that was not for me!
Now it seems few people are using the GNB. My impression is that it’s used mostly by folks in the mainline denominations as an easier-to-read Bible for the kids, until they can handle the much-more-difficult NRSV. But you know, I could be way off on that; that’s just the way it seems to me. You hardly ever see it on any best-sellers lists. I wonder if it’s from a more liberal or mainline-associated publisher, and so the evangelical publishers and bookstores don’t ever carry it.
I’m thinking about finding one and trying it out. What do you think? Am I missing something?