Do you know what a timbrel is? Most of you probably do. We changed a Bible Bowl question this year, because we thought the word would create some confusion.

You see, the older NIV version translated the word as tambourine, but the newer version of the NIV translates it as timbrel.

The word means “a hand-drum” and tambourine or timbrel is the way it is normally translated.

A little more research into the word timbrel gave some more helpful information.

Tambourine is the translation in the English Standard Version and the Revised Standard Version. Timbrel is the translation in the New American Standard Version and the American Standard Version. The King James Version translates it tabret.

My Illustrated Oxford Dictionary does not contain the word “timbrel.” But my Concise Oxford Dictionary does contain it, with the word archaic describing it. Archaic is described in the dictionaries guide as indicates a word that is restricted to special contexts such as legal or religious use, or is used for special effect.”

Now why did I write all of this? When the question of “timbrel” came up, I had an immediatereaction to the word and to the new version of the NIV. I was acting as if my thoughts were the end of the matter. That is neither good nor wise.

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

(Proverbs 12:15 )


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