There's a bit of a bloggy hubbub over the new NIV translation of 1 Timothy 2 (eg).
But here's what Psalm 2 says in the new translation:
7 I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Notice, "Son" is no longer capitalized (as it was in the old NIV - and in the great majority of translations today and historically!!).
And here's why the translators have gone this way:
...The problem with capitalizing son in Psalm 2:7 is that it cuts straight from from 2 Samuel 7 to Jesus. It’s great to get to Jesus, but the short cut keeps readers from seeing the typological development that grows and deepens through the accounts of the sons of David. This can keep us from understanding what Jesus meant when he declared that one greater than Solomon had arrived (cf. Matt 12:42).
So capitalizing son in Psalm 2:7 gets the termination point right, but it can keep us from feeling the buildup of the development that swells and plunges between David and Jesus.
I've just left a little comment:
But what if the 'progression' is pre-emptively and explicitly taught within the OT? Genesis 49:10 sets up the kings as mere throne-warmers for the universal Christ. Before there was kingship at all there was Messianic expectation for the Universal King. When David writes Psalm 2 and speaks in such universal terms of the Anointed do we really imagine that he was so unfaithful as to intend a mere earthly successor?
And if you really think that, then why not translate 'eretz' as 'land' in v8?? If you are so concerned to maintain some kind of 'original' local meaning then the following verses make a nonsense of the whole enterprise.
Is that unfair? Well, have your own say...
But whatever you think about it, I'll be interested to see whether there's more brouhaha over women preaching than Christ.