Monday, March 26, 2012
The NKJV and the Song of Solomon
In our Scripture reading in Lord's Day worship services at CRBC we have been making our way through the wisdom literature of the Old Testament and got to the Song of Solomon over the last couple of Sundays. One member was asking me about some differences he'd caught between the NKJV and KJV translations, and I pointed him to this Trinitarian Bible Society article on The New King James Version and the Song of Solomon by G. Hamstra. Hamstra's main objection to the NKJV translation is its use of editorial headings to identify its interpretation of the speakers. He also takes issue with this as a reflection of modern attempts to see the Song of Songs as primarily about human love relationships, a kind of Hebrew erotica, over against the traditional interpretation of the book which sees it as pointing to Christ's love for the church.