Mark Strauss was not the only scholar to present a paper on an English Bible version at the recent ETS conference. Ed Blum, General Director of the HCSB translation team, gave a paper titled A Comparison of the HCSB with Other Major Translations. Dr. Blum’s paper is now posted in its entirety on Rick Mansfield’s blog. Dr. Blum concludes:
In summary, the HCSB is more accurate than the NIV, ESV, or NLT. It reads well and has a modern, American vocabulary. Particular attention was devoted to clear and contemporary word order and formatting. The HCSB is more up-to-date in scholarship, and it offers more help and notes to the readers so they can understand what God is saying to them.