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Dr. Jack J. Blanco

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Adventist Theological Society

P.O. Box 86

Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103

United States

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Employment History


Adventist Review Online


Professor Emeritus of Religion
Southern Adventist University



Union College


Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


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ATS Officers :: Adventist Theological Society [cached]

Jack J. Blanco

Adventist Philanthropy Award winners, l ... [cached]

Adventist Philanthropy Award winners, l to r, Garwin McNeilus, Dr. Myron Krueger, Dr. Ramona Clark, Award Keynote Speaker Lois E. Peters, President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America Dan Jackson, Dr. Jack Blanco, and Trailblazer Award-winner Carolyn Hamilton CFRE. (Photo by Julio Muñoz)

The recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award was Dr. Jack Blanco, professor emeritus of religion at Southern Adventist University. It was presented to him by Christopher Carey, vice president of Advancement at the university, for Dr. Blanco's life-long commitment to the vision and mission of Adventist Institutions and in recognition of the lives that were influenced by his years of service.
Blanco, clearly humbled by the award, pointed upward as he began his remarks, reminding attendees that the credit for all he had done belonged to God.

Great Controversy [cached]

Jack Blanco, professor emeritus of Southern Adventist University and the author of the Adventist "expanded paraphrase" of the Bible, The Clear Word, says:

Is the Clear Word Official? [cached]

Jack J. Blanco, ThD, was the dean of the school of religion at Southern Adventist University when he wrote The Clear Word (TCW). He explains that he had decided to spend his own devotional time rewriting the New Testament text, and he specifically intended to rewrite Jesus' words as He would say them today instead of as He said them 2,000 years ago. On the program Between The Lines produced by the Adventists' Review and Herald Publishing Association, Blanco was clear about his methodology:

In deciding to rewrite Jesus' own words to us, Blanco ignored His specific teachings as well as the warnings found near the end of the book of Revelation. Jesus taught that, in times to come, the Holy Spirit would bring to His disciples' remembrance all that He had taught them. John 14:26 tells us: "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."
Moreover, the de-emphasizing of Jesus' eternal oneness with the Father is not limited to the New Testament in TCW; Blanco has also reworked Old Testament passages. For example, his altering of Genesis 1:26-27 allows for a bi-theistic interpretation of the creation account:
Here Blanco has blatantly separated God from His Son instead of letting God be One. Moreover, Blanco has limited "God" to two persons, Father and Son, peculiarly omitting the Holy Spirit whose presence is implied in the traditional text which has God referring to Himself using the plural pronoun "us". Instead, in TCW we have a "God" (actually, two gods) who have created a man and a woman to "reflect the unity of the Godhead" instead of reflecting "his own image" (singular). This bi-theistic wording both allows readers to have an unbiblical view of the Godhead and provides support for that view.
Moreover, Blanco's rewriting implies that the Father and the Son have physical bodies, an implication contradicting the plain words of Scripture: "God is spirit" (Jn. 4:24). This revision of God's essence further allows Blanco to define man's reflection of God's image as physical looks and mental capacities, thus eliminating the spirit as the reflection of God's image which both men and women share.
I stopped you [Jack Blanco], and I said I've shared TCW with my members and encouraged them to buy it, because they need to know that this-although paraphrased-it's theologically consistent with our Seventh-day Adventist faith, and so from that standpoint, you can say, "Here's not only a devotional reading or study for me, but I can rest on it," where you can't really say that about all the other devotionals.
[Blanco responds:] No, there are some translations that are a little tweaked, if I can put it that way, as one translation when it talks about not "divine punishment," but "divine punishing."
Significantly, Blanco never corrects Thomas' statements about using TCW for preaching and Bible study. Furthermore, regardless of Adventism's official position on TCW, Thomas recommends it to his congregation and, via this video, to the rest of the watching Adventist world-and Blanco supports this endorsement.
For example, although Blanco explains his imaginative rewriting of the New Testament in the episode of Between The Lines quoted above, the preface to the original Clear Word Bible implies that he used a more scientific methodology. In the preface to the first edition he says:
By not correcting a pastor who uses and publicly recommends TCW for Bible study and preaching, Blanco gives implicit permission to use it in these ways.
Others, encouraged by endorsements such as the article "In Defense of The Clear Word" by Jim Miller and published in Adventist Today, Sept./Oct., 2000, and by personal praise from people such as Samuel Thomas and Jack Blanco himself (quoted earlier), use TCW for serious Bible study and teaching.
In his article Jim Miller states, "Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of The Clear Word, Jack J. Blanco's expanded paraphrase of the Bible."7 He then goes on to defend The Clear Word when used as a "Targum". He explains that Targums are expansions of the Hebrew Scriptures, documents in which rabbis have inserted text into the passages to help explain their meanings. Miller's defense of TCW rests on comparing the nature of the Targums with TCW-an interesting but contrived distraction from the real problem. At the end of Miller's article he unwittingly articulates the seductive danger of TCW:
If I read Blanco's The Clear Word as an Adventist Targum I can enjoy and respect this expansion on Scripture.
A helpful new Bible study tool-when properly used-is available to Seventh-day Adventists: The Clear Word, prepared by Jack Blanco, head of the religion department at Southern College.
That's why Jack Blanco's The Clear Word fills a real need. It's a midrash-a running commentary that makes the Bible nice, safe, and simple.11
Brothers praises TCW's "orthodoxy" and finally refers to it as a "Bible":
Not content to make the Bible a kindly, gentle book, Blanco's also seen to its orthodoxy. "The Lord's Day" of Revelation 1:10 is now "Sabbath morning. Mark 7:19 no longer declares all foods clean. And in Revelation 21:22, Blanco has added that "the Temple or Sanctuary I [John] had expected to see was located outside the city as a reminder of what God had done for His people."
Obviously, Blanco has given much thought to the controversies wracking our church: the nature of inspiration, the age of the earth, the authority of Ellen White, et. al.
The three-page review of The Message was a reprint of an article by John R. Kohlenberger, III, and states that it is an "expansive paraphrase" in which one does "not know where the text ends and the commentary begins."18 In contrast to evangelical scholar Kohlenberger's response to Peterson's popular paraphrase, William Johnsson's review of Blanco's The Clear Word is only one page in length and favorably compares it to J. B. Phillip's New Testament and Taylor's The Living Bible.
Since Blanco published his first New Testament paraphrase in 1990, there have been numerous editions of The Clear Word Bible.
In 1994 Blanco published his first full "Bible"-and its title contained the word "Bible".
Besides these different versions of his paraphrase, Jack Blanco has also published condensed works of various books of the Bible.
In fact, TCW is available hard-bound, soft-bound, leather-bound, pocket-sized, large-print, as an e-book, as an audio book read by Lonnie Melashenko, and also as the Gospel of John (1994, 4th edition).
The apostle John has the last word regarding this egregious distortion of God's eternal word:
Samuel Thomas, Jr. and Jack Blanco from Youtube website: at 8 minutes and 38 seconds into the interview.
Blanco, Jack J., The Clear Word Bible, 1st edition, p. vii, Review and Herald® Publishing Association, Copyright © 1994 by Jack J. Blanco. Blanco, Jack J., The Clear Word Bible, 1st edition, p. vii, Review and Herald® Publishing Association, Copyright © 1994 by Jack J. Blanco. Miller, Jim, Adventist Today, "In Defense of The Clear Word," Sept./Oct. 2000, p. 22.

History of ATS :: Adventist Theological Society [cached]

By His grace, and under the able leadership of presidents Jack Blanco, Gerhard Hasel, Ray Holmes, and Ed Zinke, the society has grown from a fledgling organization to an international network of nearly 1,500 members.

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