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The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation

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While this new Bible is certainly an inclusive-language translation, it is much more: it is a re-imagining of the scriptures and our relationship to them. Not merely replacing male pronouns, the translators have rethought what kind of language has built barriers between the text and its readers. Seeking to be faithful to the original languages, they have sought new and non ...more
Hardcover, 799 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Sheed & Ward (first published October 25th 2007)
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Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Christianity
How could one ever remove a bible from the "currently-reading" category?

As one who believes that it is truly sinful to anthropomorphize God, and that it diminishes God to attribute human gendering to God, this translation speaks to me. Previously-published as The Inclusive New Testament, The Inclusive Psalms, and three-volume Inclusive Hebrew Scriptures, this is a version of scripture well-worth reading if only for the introductory material; along with Brian Wren's Praying Twice: The Music and W
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A few notes:
-The print is super tiny- I would estimate 9 point type.
-This is the only full-volume inclusive Bible I've seen.
-Also, unlike most inclusive versions which merely change the non-inclusive words into a paraphrase, this is an actual new translation from an anti-oppression perspective.
-It's a Catholic version, so it contains the Apocryphal writings (between the Testaments that Protestants don't consider canonical).

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Abbie Watters
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have several translations and paraphrases of the Bible, but I have never before found one that was dedicated to inclusive language like this.

I took it off of the "currently-reading" shelf, you NEVER finish reading the Bible.
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
[Edited 07/30/2020 for typos - KAJ]

Overall, I love this translation. It's easy to read and understand, true to the meaning of the scriptures (as compared to other translations to which I compared several passages), and true to PFE's goal.

I found quite a few typos that additional editing might have caught, but that was a minor annoyance. The Old Testament use of the tetragrammaton certainly takes care of the problematic "Lord," but when reading aloud, I'm not quite sure what to say. "Yahweh" is t
Claire Waggener
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Every Christian leader should have access to a copy of this. This resource is invaluable in worship planning.
I love this egalitarian translation - God is not referred to with male pronouns and God's name is left as YHWH rather than translating to "the LORD." Also, as much as is possible, patriarchy and misogyny are removed or downplayed. There's no use of male pronouns or the general "man/mankind" when referring to all people. It's a Bible feminists can read and feel understood, both by translators and by God. I also agree with the translators' general stance and assumptions regarding the place of the ...more
Aug 17, 2009 is currently reading it
Love this version of the Bible, it's so beautiful and poetic!
Jeanette Beland
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This translation reflects the context of ideals that are fundamental to our Christian faith without the burden of antiquated gender biases.
Leigh Neighbour
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good Bible and I find it easy to read and understand well worth getting a copy
Sep 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Poetic, filled with the awe of God and such respect and beauty
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