CEB on Faith

I’ve been dipping into the Common English Bible a bit and I really like the way it has translated hupakoēn pisteōs in Romans 1:5 and 16:26.  They render the phrase as “faithful obedience,” so that Paul’s apostleship “was to bring all Gentiles to faithful obedience for his name’s sake.”

Further, they’ve got “faithfulness” throughout the remainder of the greeting so that “the news about [the Roman Christians’] faithfulness is being spread throughout the whole world.”

Moreover, Paul writes that they “can be encouraged by the faithfulness we find in each other, both your faithfulness and mine” (v. 12).

In 3:22, CEB prefers the subjective genitive of pisteōs Iēsou Christou: “God’s righteousness comes through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who have faith in him.”

Whoever worked on Galatians, however, went in the opposite direction in translating pisteōs Iēsou Christou.  In 2:15-21, the objective genitive is preferred, and “faith” rather than “faithfulness” appears throughout chapter 3.

4 thoughts on “CEB on Faith

  1. S Wu

    Wow, I was working on Rom 1:5; 16:26 just a couple of days ago, and I would have thought that “faithfulness” is a better translation in those two instances. Never knew that CEB is so helpful. Thanks!

  2. clayboy

    Is there anything in the footnotes? It seems to me an odd editorial strategy to translate Romans on one side of the pistis Christou debate and Galatians on the other.

    1. timgombis

      I’m of two minds about it, frankly. For advanced students of the Bible, it’s not a bad thing to see the different renderings. But it seems that CEB folks wanted it to be for common folk, for people in the pews to have an easily understood translation. That being the case, it may have been better to seek consistency. I’m not sure what the thinking was behind it. I do like how Romans is done.

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