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Ring of Truth Hardcover – 1 Sep 1967

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; First Printing edition (Sept. 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340023325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340023327
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This book is a translator's testimony, as it says in the title. It isn't a scholar's discussion of the finer points of translation. It is his personal statement about how he finds the New Testament to have, as he says, 'the ring of truth' about it. In part, this 'truth' is external. Phillips spends some of the time telling the reader why he thinks the New Testament was written where and when Christians have mostly believed it was. (If this is confusing, remember that some scholars think it was written much later than has been traditionally believed).

The 'truth' of which he speaks is also internal. That is, he is keen to tell the reader the ways in which the good news about Jesus has penetrated deep into his heart as he has translated the gospels and the letters which make up the New Testament. This is perhaps where he is at his best, because his years of close engagement with the original texts has forced him to pay really close attention to what the words say, and to ponder their meaning as he searches for a way to put it in modern English. In more than one place he hints that his work of translation left him a profoundly changed man, deeply convinced of the historical and spiritual truth of what is written in the Bible.

The book is very short and I read it on the train, going to and from work, in three or four days. It is very easy to read, although here and there it does sound a bit old fashioned. But for all that it is very fresh, and a picture emerges of a Bible that is unlike any other ancient text (Phillips was a classicist and knew many), and a translator who sought to bring the New Testament into the modern age, and found himself drawn back into the Bible.
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J.B. Phillips is famous for translating "The New Testament in Modern English" - the first modern paraphrase (1958), and certainly the most enduring with its rich, vibrant language.

Very much a companion work to his translation, this is a powerful apologetic tool - but in a refreshingly different way. Phillips relates how his translation work produced a strong conviction of the truth of the New Testament witness to Jesus Christ. The deeper he dug, the more unexpected and delightful the results.

This is no tortuous, unimaginative read. Rigid apologetic works abound today, whose authors are at pains to defend 'inerrancy' at all costs. Except that the reader is often left feeling not only somewhat flat, but also stretched to the point of incredulity.

For seasoned believers who have perhaps lost that sense of wonder concerning the Gospel (as well as for new believers) Phillips will guide you on an uplifting journey that will thrill your soul.

Succinct, well written - and in a large readable type - this book can be read in two or three visits. Phillips wrote it in the 1960's, so it is sufficiently detached from today's evangelical merry-go-round to enable the reader to take a step back and absorb the impact that translating the New Testament had on the author's faith.

Can't recommend it enough!
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I enjoyed this book and welcomed his clarity in considering the work of translators of the bible. I found his explanations for particular passages helpful and encouraging for further bible study - he shows how comparing different versions can be enlightening.
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I haven't read it all yet, but so far it's excellent. Clear and concise writing, down to earth, no frills and fancies, and his work really makes you think more deeply. I'm sure there'll be lots more personal revelations in this book.
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