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New Danish Bible Translation Omits Dozens of References to Israel

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JERUSALEM, Israel – The Danish Bible Society is raising eyebrows after it released a new translation of the Bible that omits dozens of references to Israel.

The Bible 2020 translation rewrites “the land of Israel” as “the land of Jews” and the “People of Israel” simply as “the Jews.”

Jan Frost, a Danish Bible enthusiast and Israel advocate called attention to the translation and said the word “Israel” is only mentioned once directly by name out of the 60 times it is referenced in Bible 2020

The translation also rewrites specific references to Israel as references to all of humanity.

For example, the Song of Ascents from the Book of Psalms originally states “He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” The Bible 2020 authors replaced Israel with the word “us” so it reads “He who watches over us will neither slumber nor sleep.”

Frost argues the translation is an example of “Replacement Theology,” the doctrine that the New Testament supersedes the Old Testament and the Church has replaced Israel in its covenant with God.

The Danish Bible Society is defending the translation and argues the word “Israel” is omitted to prevent readers from confusing it with the modern State of Israel. 

The organization says “modern people read the Bible with completely different preconditions than humans in, for example, the time of Jesus,” in a statement on its website.

However, the names of countries from ancient times like Egypt have not been rewritten.

The Danish Bible Society says “Israel” has multiple  meanings in the Bible and its decision to omit the word  “is not an ideological choice, but a communicative choice: the meaning must emerge, the text must be immediately understandable even to the reader who does not have a thorough knowledge of the Bible and Christianity.”

The organization’s explanation has done little to quell criticism online.

Imam Tawhidi, also known as the “Imam of Peace” accused the Danish organization of having an agenda to “present Jews as stateless.”

“It’s false and against God,” the Muslim scholar Tweeted.

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle