Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Genesis Chapter 2 - Common English Bible

I believe the way the Common English Bible renders Genesis Chapter 2 highlights an important point concerning women. From verse 18, we see that a suitable companion was not discovered for Adam as he was naming all the animals. The Common English Bible renders an important point when God declares, "I will make him a helper that is perfect for him."

The New English Translation contains an interesting note about the word translated as companion:
Traditionally “helper.” The English word “helper,” because it can connote so many different ideas, does not accurately convey the connotation of the Hebrew word עֵזֶר (’ezer). Usage of the Hebrew term does not suggest a subordinate role, a connotation which English “helper” can have. In the Bible God is frequently described as the “helper,” the one who does for us what we cannot do for ourselves, the one who meets our needs. In this context the word seems to express the idea of an “indispensable companion.” The woman would supply what the man was lacking in the design of creation and logically it would follow that the man would supply what she was lacking, although that is not stated here. See further M. L. Rosenzweig, “A Helper Equal to Him,” Jud 139 (1986): 277-80.

The Common English Bible's rendition of a perfect helper...conveys this very well. Husbands and boyfriends, are you treating your female companion as a perfect companion? If not, you should be.



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Kindly,
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