- Once called "the original modern-language Bible"
First published in 1913 and revised in 1917 , this New Testament: A New Translation edition from James Moffatt, was once called "the original modern-language Bible." James Moffatt produced his translation of the New Testament while he was serving as the Professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis at Oxford. Its reception was so favorable that he undertook the Old Testament in order to produce a whole Bible. This version of the New Testament is highly colloquial, and allows the reader to quickly follow the progress of thought in many passages. This New Testament: A New Translation, began the trend of paraphrased translations geared toward the general Christian reader.
About the Author
James Moffatt (1870-1944) was a theologian and graduate of Glasgow University. Moffatt trained at the Free Church College, Glasgow, and was a practicing minister before becoming Professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford in 1911. He returned to Glasgow in 1915 as Professor of Church History at the United Free Church College. From 1927-1939 he was Washburn Professor of Church History at the Union Theological Seminary, New York. Moffatt later served as executive secretary of the committee of translators for the Revised Standard Version.