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The Bible Translation - James Moffatt Once called “the original modern-language Bible,” James Moffatt’s translation of the Old and New Testaments began the twentieth century’s trend of contemporary English versions. Moffatt’s translation has been categorized as an “unofficial translation — no denominational or academic committee sponsored the effort — but it received remarkable wide acceptance and remained the leading work of its time for many decades. Moffatt applied the theories of nineteenth-century sexual criticism to the Bible and rearranged the order of some passages to conform to its views. While his methodology has been rejected by most conservative scholars, his translation is a prodigious work of scholarship and a helpful resource for those wanting to effectively communicate the Bible in the English language.