Proof reading- Capitalization of Heaven

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Heath Choate | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Mar 2 2010 5:49 PM

Just looking at Matthew chapter 5 and noticing that when Jesus speaks of Heaven it is not capitalized. Shouldn't it be?

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Kevin Becker | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 2 2010 6:11 PM

What resource are you looking at?

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Heath Choate | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 2 2010 6:15 PM

Kevin Becker:

What resource are you looking at?

Seems maybe all of them.

HCSB, NIV, NKJ 

of Matthew 5 was what I was reading

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 2 2010 6:45 PM

I wouldn't expect it to be capitalized although different translations use different rules for capitalization.

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R. Mansfield | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 2 2010 8:58 PM

Modern English usage dictates that heaven is not capitalized. 

Of course in the first century when it was first written down, every letter would have been capitalized, just like every other word in the NT  :-)

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Heath Choate | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 2 2010 9:09 PM

I would have thought maybe for reverence.. such as "Him" when referring to God or Jesus is capitalized.

Furthermore, Heaven also denotes a proper place .. like New York. 

 

Just my thoughts

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R. Mansfield | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 2 2010 9:32 PM

Most translations don't capitalize pronouns referring to deity. See CEV, RSV, NRSV, ESV, GWT, NET, NIV, NJB, TEV, TNIV, KJV. 

Plus it's odd to capitalize these pronouns on the lips of unbelievers. See Mark 15:13 in HCSB, NASB, and NKJV.

There is no distinction for pronouns referring to deity in the original texts either.

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