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The New World Translation

Written by: Christian Research Institute    Posted on: 04/29/2003

Category: Cults / Sects / Non Christian Religions and Topics

Source: CCN

                      The new World Translation

The following text was taken from the Christian Research Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 3,  page 5.


Dr. Julius R. Mantey was a first-rate scholar who studied Greek for more that 65 years. He was well known for "A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament," which he coauthored with Dr. H. E. Dana. The following is a discussion that took place between Dr. martin and Dr. mantey on the Jehovah's Witnesses' New World Translation.

Dr. Martin:  In John 1:1, the New World Translation (NWT) says that "the             Word was a god," referring to Jesus Christ. how would you             respond to that?

Dr. Mantey:  The Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) have forgotten entirely what             the order ot the sentence indicates - that the "Logos" has             the same substance, nature, or essence as the Father. To             indicate that Jesus was just "a god," the JWs would have to             use a completely different construction in the Greek.

Dr. Martin:  You once had a little difference of opinion with the             Watchtower about this  and wrote them a letter. What was             their response to your letter?

Dr. Mantey:  Well, as a backdrop, I was disturbed because they had             misquoted  me in support of their translation. I called             their attention to the fact that the whole body of the New             Testament was against their view. Throughout the New             Testament, Jesus is glorified and magnified - yet here             they were denigrating him and making him into a little god             of a pagan concept.

Dr. Martin:  What was their response to what you said?

Dr. Mantey:  They said I could have my opinion and they would retain             theirs.  What I wrote didn't phase them a bit.

Dr. Martin:  I don't know whether you're aware of it, but there is not a             single Greek scholar in the Watchtower Bible and Tract             Society. I did everything I could to find out the names of             the translating committee of the NWT, and the Watchtower             wouldn't tell me a thing.  Finally, and ex-JW who knew the             committee members personally told me who they were, and the             men on that committee could not read New Testament Greek;             nor could they read Hebrew; nor did they have any knowledge             of systematic theology - except what they  had  learned             from the Watchtower. Only one of them had  been to college,             and he had dropped out after a year.  He briefly studied             the biblical languages while there.

Dr. Mantey:  He was born in Greece, wasn't he?

Dr. Martin:  Yes, he read modern Greek, and I met him when I visited             the Watchtower. I asked him to read John 1:1 in the Greek             and then said, "How would you translate it?" He said:             "Well, `the word was a god.'" I said: "what is the subject             of the sentence?" He just looked at me. So I repeated,             "What is the subject of the sentence?" He didn't know. This             was the only person in the  Watchtower to read Greek and he             didn't know the subject of the sentence in John 1:1. And             these were the people who wrote back to you and said their             opinion was as good as yours.

Dr. Mantey:  That's right.

Dr. Martin:  Often we find JW publications quoting scholars. Do they             quote these people in context?

Dr. Mantey:  No. They use this device to fool people into thinking that             scholars agree with the JWs. out of all the Greek             professors, grammarians, and commentators they have quoted,             only one (a Unitarian) agreed that "the word was a god."

Dr. Martin:  You have been quoted as saying that the translators of the             NWT  are "diabolical deceivers."

Dr. Mantey:  Yes. The translation is deceptive, and I believe it's a             terrible thing for a person to be deceived and go into             eternity lost, forever lost because somebody deliberately             misled him by distorting the Scripture!

Dr. Martin:  What would you say to a JW who was looking for the truth?

Dr. Mantey:  I would advise him to get a translation other than the NWT,             because ninety-nine percent of the scholars of the world             who know Greek and who have helped translate the Bible are             in disagreement with the JWs. People who are looking for             the truth ought to know what the majority of the scholars             really believe.  They should not allow themselves to be             misled by the JWs and end up in hell.

These words were excerpted from the tape, "Martin and Mantey on the New World Translation" (catalogue number C-118). It is  available from CRI for $5.95.


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