JW Asks About NWT Translators - 07/18/2008

I just recently found your site. I have been a [Jehovah's W]itness for several years and have never found anything on who translated our version of the bible. Can you tell me how you learned who the translaters were? I can't believe none of them didn't have any real education in translating; no wonder I'm so confused!! Thank you, Melissa


Hi Melissa.  Thanks for writing to us.  A former member of the worldwide Governing Body of the Watchtower Society, Raymond Franz, wrote a book entitled Crisis of Conscience.  In this book, Franz talked about the translation committee, including its head - his uncle and subsequent head of the Governing Body - Fredrick Franz.  Once the list of "translators" was known, people were able to research their backgrounds.  Also, court records document the cross-examination of Fredrick Franz and his inability to translate a simple Hebrew phrase.  An interesting Time magazine article from 1982 on Raymond Franz can be found here.  Also, this is a good article which includes an excerpt from Franz' book.  If you research things, I think you'll find that the Watchtower Society has been deceiving good and decent people like you for quite some time.  Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have other questions.  We'll be glad to help.  May God bless your research.

In Christ,

Ben Rast
Contender Ministries