Evangelical Heritage Version
The Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) is a translation of the Bible into the English language that aims to be accurate and balanced. The Bible translation began in 2013 due to the relative lack of a commonly accepted translation, especially among Lutherans, compared to the historical popularity of the King James Version and New International Version, due in part to the replacement of the 1984 version of the New International Version by the 2011 version and the aging language used in the King James Version. The group of translators consists of pastors, professors, and teachers from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). The Wartburg Project, the group which produced the EHV, has finished a version containing the New Testament and Psalms, which was published in the summer of 2017, and the full version of the EHV Bible was published in 2019 by Northwestern Publishing House.
|Evangelical Heritage Version|
|Full name||Evangelical Heritage Version|
|Not yet available|
|Publisher||Northwestern Publishing House|
|Religious affiliation||Lutheran (WELS and ELS)|
Although WELS never had an official translation, prior to 2011 most WELS churches, as well as Northwestern Publishing House (NPH), used the version of the NIV from 1984. In 2011, a newer version of the NIV was published. Many members of the WELS and ELS had concerns about the accuracy of the newer translation, however the older version was no longer being printed. A committee of the ELS focused on doctrine suggested the use of the New King James Version, the English Standard Version, An American Translation, and the New American Standard Bible. In their 2013 biennial synod convention, a committee established by the WELS to evaluate Bible translations and give suggestions to their translators advised the use of the NIV 2011, Holman Christian Standard Bible, and English Standard Version in their publications, considering which would most accurately fit the needs of each publication. The convention also considered creating its own translation, but decided against it because of the cost and other factors. Some WELS delegates suggested that a translation could be attempted by a parasynodical organization.
The Wartburg Project began their work in September 2013 under the leadership of John F. Brug, a professor-emeritus of systematic theology and the Old Testament at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and Brian R. Keller, a WELS pastor. Although the project is mostly led by pastors and teachers from the WELS, with some from the ELS, the EHV is not owned by or funded by the WELS or ELS.
The Wartburg Project was named after the German Bible translation Martin Luther made (known today as the Luther Bible) while he was in hiding at the Wartburg Castle. This was the first widely used Bible translation into the German language, the common language of Luther's people, because of its accuracy and because it was easily understood by the common people speaking many dialects of German, and has influenced many later translations.
The translators are using a variety of ancient manuscripts to ensure accuracy. They also wish to use history to better understand the context and original meaning of the original Greek and Hebrew texts. In addition, they are using other English translations and commentaries to help them develop this historical context and to help them preserve heritage terms.
The translators' other major goal is to create a balanced translation. They are hoping for a balance between old and new by keeping traditional terminology, but replacing it where it is no longer an accurate representation of the original, and by balancing literal (which can be inaccurate or unclear in a different language) and dynamic (which may not stay closely enough to the original meaning) translation.
A final goal is for the translation to be easily readable and understandable to people from a wide range of religious backgrounds and grammatically correct, while maintaining its main goals.
A New Testament and Psalms version of the EHV was published in the summer of 2017 and is available at Northwestern Publishing House and with online versions through Amazon Kindle and Nook. The New Testament and Psalms are also available at Bible Gateway. The translation of the full Bible is completed and was given to NPH for publishing on October 31, 2017. Hardcover copes are were made aviable at the end of June 2019. It will also be published electronically for Kindle and Nook. Other materials, such as lectionary series and a passion history, are available at the Wartburg Project's website. They also have plans to publish an exposition of Luther's Small Catechism, which they hope to have complete by the fall of 2019, and a study bible, their current focus. They have also supported the use of their translation in other works, such as musical compositions.
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