Category: Babel

Thank You for Thinking of Us

At a recent New Testament dedication, community leaders presented our organization with the traditional hat you see pictured above. We gratefully received the quaint token of thanks and smiled at its peculiar appearance: dried mud construction interwoven with thin string, studded with two horns and a clump of hair, and conveniently equipped with a black chin […]

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Most Sentences in the Bible Begin with And

Stephen Hawking touches on a surprising topic in his autobiography My Brief History: Biblical Hebrew’s waw-consecutive. The blog Parchment and Pen sets up, tells and reflects on the excerpted episode: Hawking only mentions his “run in” with Christianity a few times. A prominent memory of the Bible was having a tutor use the Bible in English […]

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David and Goliath

Last week I helped teach the second round in our Bible Translation Principles Course, a series of six one week courses spread out over a year which seeks to train mother-tongue translators. (A mother tongue translator is a national who develops the necessary capacities to translate into his or her own language.) Twenty-one participants representing […]

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Cultural Influences in Bible Translation

If translation is simply representing a text in another language, then there is no room for cultural influences, right? Not quite. Imagine translating the Bible into a language that has never been written before. A native speaker is found who also speaks his country’s national language. The native speaker turned translator begins translation with the […]

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