In another thread there was an accusation made against the NAB that it compromised our faith, that it mistranslated the original languages, that the translators deliberately translated “God” as “creator.” Is there any truth to this accusation?
The word “creator” is found 24 times in the entire NAB. Let’s look at those passages (by citation only, to keep this post short).
Gen 14:19 “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth;” – the word “creator” is the Hebrew word *qanah *-- and it means "creator."
Gen 14:22 But Abram replied to the king of Sodom: “I have sworn to the LORD, God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth…” – the word “creator” is the Hebrew word *qanah *-- again, "creator."
Judith 9:12 “Please, please, God of my forefather, God of the heritage of Israel, Lord of heaven and earth, Creator of the waters, King of all you have created, hear my prayer!” This one is difficult because the NAB uses an older manuscript than the DR or any other version (except the NRSV with Apocrypha). The translation is correct based upon the Greek.
JUDITH 13:18 “Then Uzziah said to her: 'Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God, above all the women on earth; and blessed be the Lord God, the creator of heaven and earth, who guided your blow at the head of the chief of our enemies.” – again, the Greek translates as “creator”, not God.
2MACC 1:24 “The prayer was as follows: 'Lord, Lord God, creator of all things, awesome and strong, just and merciful, the only king and benefactor,” Here we can look at the Latin and see that the word here is *creator *-- Latin for "creator."
2MACC 7:23 “Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe who shapes each man’s beginning, as he brings about the origin of everything, he, in his mercy, will give you back both breath and life, because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.’ Martyrdom of Mother and Sons…” Again, the Latin word used for “creator” is creator.
2MACC 13:14 “Leaving the outcome to the Creator of the world, and exhorting his followers to fight nobly to death for the laws, the temple, the city, the country, and the government, he pitched his camp near Modein.” Same Latin word…
ECCL 12:1 “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come And the years approach of which you will say, I have no pleasure in them;” Here we find the Hebrew word *bara *which also means "to create, to cut down, to feed, creator."
SIRACH 3:16 “A blasphemer is he who despises his father; accursed of his Creator, he who angers his mother.” The Latin here is “God,” the Greek is "Lord."
SIRACH 4:6 “For if in the bitterness of his soul he curse you, his Creator will hear his prayer.” The Greek has an indefinite reference.
SIRACH 7:30 “With all your strength, love your Creator, forsake not his ministers.” The Latin is “God”, the Greek is "himn that made you."
SIRACH 24:8 “Then the Creator of all gave me his command, and he who formed me chose the spot for my tent, Saying, ‘In Jacob make your dwelling, in Israel your inheritance.’” The greek is “creator”.
SIRACH 32:13 “Above all, give praise to your Creator, who showers his favors upon you.” The Greek here is "Lord."
SIRACH 33:13 “Like clay in the hands of a potter, to be molded according to his pleasure, So are men in the hands of their Creator, to be assigned by him their function.” The Greek here is "maker."
ISA 40:28 “Do you not know or have you not heard? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint nor grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.” The Hebrew is *bara *which means "creator."
ISA 43:15 “I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.” The Hebrew here is again bara.
ISA 45:18 “For thus says the LORD, The creator of the heavens, who is God, The designer and maker of the earth who established it, Not creating it to be a waste, but designing it to be lived in: I am the LORD, and there is no other.” The Hebrew word is bara.
ISA 57:19 “I, the Creator, who gave them life. Peace, peace to the far and the near, says the LORD; and I will heal them.” The Hebrew word is bara.
continued in next post…