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Scripture: “The Magna Carta of the Human Spirit”

September 30, 2010

Two Bible translators of the past century–J. B. Phillips and E. V. Rieu–engaged in conversation had this to say to one another about their working with the Scriptures:

Phillips:  “Did you get the feeling that the whole material is extraordinarily alive?  I got the feeling the whole thing was alive even while one was translating.  Even though one did a dozen versions of a particular passage, it was still living.  Did you get that feeling?”

Rieu:  “I got the deepest feeling that I possibly could have expected.  It changed me; my work changed me.  And I came to the conclusion that these words bear the seal of the Son of Man and God.  And they’re the Magna Carta of the human spirit.”

J. B. Phillips, Ring of Truth, p. 77.

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