Divine Feminine Version (DFV) Working Document
Last Updated 10/31/14
In the course of our deliberations, we agreed to several guidelines, including the following:
- Our Bible version will be based on the United Bible Society’s Fourth Edition of the Greek New Testament.
- The generic masculine with reference to humanity will be changed to be gender-inclusive.
- “God” will consistently be rendered “Godde.”
- “Father” with reference to Godde will generally be rendered “Mother.”
- In Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6, “Abba, Father” will be rendered “Amma, Mother.”
- Pronouns with reference to Mother Godde and the Holy Spirit will consistently be rendered as feminine rather than neuter or masculine.
- Pronouns with reference to Jesus will consistently be rendered as masculine, regardless of whether the reference is to Jesus’ incarnate state or his exalted state.
- We will render “Lord” (kyrios) as “Lady” and “King” as “Queen” when used of Godde.
- When it is unclear whether the term kyrios applies to Jesus or Godde, we will generally render it “Lady” instead of “Lord.”
- Names of matriarchs will be inserted alongside names of patriarchs in the text.
- Pronouns with reference to the devil will consistently be rendered as neuter rather than feminine or masculine.
- The term “the Son of Man” will be rendered “the Son of Woman.”
- We will not use gender-neutral terms with reference to specific people, like “fathers” and “sons” in parables.
- “The kingdom of God” will be rendered as “The reign of Godde.”
- The introduction to Jesus’ parables will be rendered as “compare” instead of “like” (cf. Luise Schottroff, The Parables of Jesus).
- People with disabilities will not be described by their disabilities (e.g., “those who are blind” instead of “the blind”).
- “Church” or “assembly” will be rendered as “community.”
- We will use “just” for “righteous” and “justice” for “righteousness.”
- We will use the word “bondservant” for doulos instead of “slave” or “servant.”
- We will use the word “partner” instead of “husband” or “wife” where appropriate.
- We will use the word “trust” for “faith” and “believe.”
- Pistis christou will be rendered as a subjective genitive in Paul.
- We will use the words “sacrilege” or “slander” instead of “blasphemy.”
- We will use the words “wrongdoing(s)” or “offense(s)” — or occasionally where appropriate, “guilt(y)” or “errant” — for hamartia instead of “sin.”
- We will include the Gospels of Mary and Thomas in an appendix.
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