flesh Tag

Stephen Carlson has put up a good post on why the translation of σάρξ as anything other than "flesh" in Gal 3:3 is "weak tea." Carlson observes that Paul is making a point concerning literal flesh—the foreskin—but many translations unfortunately treat Paul's language as metaphoric,...

Word is out (see the Better Bibles Blog, for example) that an updated version of the NIV will be released in 2011. Mark Goodacre (and a happy 6th anniversary of blogging to Mark) and others have already noted their hopes that the NIV finally drop "sinful nature" as a translation of σάρξ (sarx), which means "flesh." As Goodacre notes, this translation of such a key term "makes [the NIV] unusable as a translation for teaching Paul," a sentiment with which I strongly agree.

*If new to this series, please see the introduction.* Matthew 5:27–28: Ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἐρρέθη· οὐ μοιχεύσεις. ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ βλέπων γυναῖκα πρὸς τὸ ἐπιθυμῆσαι αὐτὴν ἤδη ἐμοίχευσεν αὐτὴν ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ. "You heard it was said, 'Do not commit adultery,' but I...