21. Is it true that the SDA Church has produced its own version of the Bible the ‘Clear Word’?
No. The Clear Word Bible is a paraphrase – it is not intended as a Bible in the proper sense of the word. Many denominations and individual scholars produce paraphrases from time-to-time, which have no official standing for scriptural authority. For example, paraphrases commonly used by other Christians include The Message (Bible), written by Presbyterian Eugene H. Peterson, The Living Bible, written by Baptist Kenneth N. Taylor, and Phillips New Testament in Modern English, written by Anglican J. B. Phillips. Furthermore, the Clear Word Bible is not officially endorsed by the
, although it is admittedly published by Adventist publishing organizations – but only for devotional purposes in a similar manner to The Message Bible. SDA Church
endorses no particular version of the Bible. As illustrated by a search of the Adventist Book Centre online, the SDA Church sells a range of Bible versions, including the KJV, NKJV and NIV, as well as a variety of devotional and resource books, including but not limited to the Clear Word paraphrase. Individual Adventists range from die-hard KJV-only adherents to those whose preference is for the New International Version of the Bible, amongst many others. SDA Church
Perhaps one is also getting confused with the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ New World Translation, which is not merely a devotional paraphrase but is intended as a standalone and authoritative new translation of the Bible.
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