The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John: Including the Gospel of Matthew...and the First Eight Chapters of the Gospel of John by Clarence JordanIn the 1970s, Clarence Jordan (founder of Koinonia Farm) wrote a modern translation of Matthew and John. Jesus is a poor white boy from Valdosta, GA who travels around talking to the local farmers and berating the elders of First Church.
For example, Matthew 9 - Jesus took note of their faith, and said to the paralyzed man, Perk up, my boy. Your sins are being forgiven. Then some of the churchmen said, This bird is talking heresy!
Im a fan of Eugene Petersons modern vernacular translation, but if someone tried to make a culturally situated translation of the Bible for 2014, I would find it eye-rollingly hokey and ridiculous. But Jordan totally pulls it off. His translation comes off charming, delightful, and very surprisingly relevant. Jordan identifies a lot of interesting (and accurate!) parallels between the first century Middle East and 1970s Georgia. His translation of the Sermon on the Mount was particularly convicting. (They who are deeply concerned are Gods people, for they will see their ideas become reality...They who have an unsatisfied appetite for the right are Gods people, for they will be given plenty to chew on.) Jordan makes you deeply feel the call for justice inherent in these texts and humanizes Jesus world in a clarifying way.
A really fresh, accessible, and thoughtful modern Bible translation - even 44 years later. Fantastic.
Clarence Jordan: Legacy of Faith
Born out of the Civil Rights struggle, these now classic translations of much of the New Testament bring the far-away places of Scripture closer to home: Gainesville, Selma, Birmingham, Atlanta, and Washington, D. Purchase the book. Since this purely historical material has already been well translated, and because nothing would be gained by merely modernizing the names, we are omitting it. The beginning of Jesus the Leader was like this: While his mama, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, but before they had relations, she was made pregnant by the Holy Spirit. And he did name it Jesus. We saw his star in the Orient, and we came to honor him. So he called a meeting of the big time preachers and politicians, and asked if they had any idea where the Leader was to be born.
Clarence Jordan July 29, — October 29, , a farmer and New Testament Greek scholar, was the founder of Koinonia Farm , a small but influential religious community in southwest Georgia and the author of the Cotton Patch paraphrase of the New Testament. He was also instrumental in the founding of Habitat for Humanity. Jordan was born in Talbotton, Georgia , to J. From an early age the young Jordan was troubled by the racial and economic injustice that he perceived in his community. Hoping to improve the lot of sharecroppers through scientific farming techniques, Jordan enrolled in the University of Georgia , earning a degree in agriculture in During his college years, however, Jordan became convinced that the roots of poverty were spiritual as well as economic.
Clarence Jordan was a widely admired Bible scholar, speaker, writer and farmer. Jordan was born on July 29, in Talbotton, Georgia to J. From an early age the young Jordan was troubled by the racial and economic injustice that he perceived in his community. Hoping to improve the lot of sharecroppers through scientific farming techniques, Jordan enrolled in the University of Georgia, earning a degree in agriculture in During his college years, however, Jordan became convinced that the roots of poverty were spiritual as well as economic. While at seminary Jordan met Florence Kroeger, and the couple were soon married. In Clarence Jordan found a unique way to combine his interest in scientific agriculture with his passion for the gospel of Jesus.
Bible Store. Cotton Patch Bible. A very interesting modern version is a translation by Clarence Jordan published as the Cotton Patch Version in
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Both a Biblical scholar and a prophetic man of action, Clarence Jordan lived out the New Testament in the soil of rural Georgia. A visionary during the struggle for the civil rights of all God's children, he founded an inter-racial community called Koinonia. On this farm, folks worked side-by-side to make a living, following Jesus - a radical concept fifty years ago. They experienced a great deal of opposition, even from those who followed the same Lord. This community still exists, Koinonia Partners , even though the visionary who started it died unexpectedly on October 29, , at the age of fifty-seven. Clarence was a powerful preacher - "direct, Bible-centered, and sternly contemporary," as Edward A.