20 April 2016
The Feline Bible Society (FBS) is pleased to announce the publication of its new translation of the Bible, the New International Feline Version (NIFV). Recent decades have seen a marked growth in studies of the Bible by cats at both academic and popular levels, and the need for a translation that cats (domestic and feral) around the globe can use was paramount. Professor Snowflake, Chair of the FBS Translation Committee, writes:
The NIFV is based on the Masoretic text of the Hebrew Bible as found in Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and the Greek text of the Nestle–Aland Novum Testamentum Graece. All care has been taken to translate the original languages into idioms that cats can appreciate as they seek to divide the word of truth aright. Thus John 1:1:Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.translates as:Meow meow meow meow meow. Meow. Meow meow meow meow meow, meow meow. Meow meow.And John 3:16:οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ᾽ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον.translates as:Meow. Meow meow meow. Purr purr purr purr purr purr purr meow meow meow. Meow meow meow. Purr purr purr purr purr.Some passages were, of course, more difficult to translate than others. For example, should the ἱλαστήριον of Romans 3:25 be translated as ‘meow’, ‘meow’, or even ‘meow’? In the end, the FBS Translation Committee decided that ‘meow’ would best capture the nuances of ἱλαστήριον, but thought it wise to include a footnote recognising that ἱλαστήριον could also be translated as both ‘meow’ and ‘meow’. There was also debate about how best to render ἀρσενοκοῖται from 1 Corinthians 6:9. While ‘hiss’, ‘purr’, and ‘grunt’ were all considered legitimate translations, the Translation Committee agreed that ‘meow’ was the least loaded word that could be used. Thus the FBS is satisfied that the NIFV will prove useful for cats everywhere.
The basic edition of the NIFV is available now in all good bookshops. An e-book version will be available from May 2016. Two study editions of the NIFV will be released in June 2016, with a squeaky pink cover for queens and a fish-scented blue cover for toms.