Eddie and Sue Arthur

Harder than You Might Think

A simple, straightforward chapter of the Bible contains a real gotcha for the translator.

Reasons for Bible Translation: Dignity

It is difficult, close to impossible, for speakers of a prominent language like English to understand what it is like to have a minority language as your mother tongue. English speakers can assume that things will be translated… Read More

Reasons for Bible Translation: Missionaries

Bible translation as an antidote to missionaries!

Translation Isn’t Interpretation… Or Is It?

If you are translating the Bible then you are not interpreting it, right? Well, as with many issues in translation, things are not quite as black and white as many people think.

Translation and Tribalism

The reality is that the major Bible translations in use today are all good, and beyond good, translations. There is no longer a “best” translation but instead a basket full of exceptional translations.

Me on Contextualisation

A look back at an old video of me talking about contextualisation.

All Mission Is Bible Translation

If we care for people but we don’t make the link to the story of God’s love in Christ, then all we are doing is being nice – it isn’t mission in any meaningful sense. 

Mission, Colonialism and the Imperative of Translation

The current research has challenged the standard accusation against Christian mission according to which it constituted “colonization of the mind.” Similarly, the accusation that missionaries served as agents of “cultural imperialism” has been subjected to critique.

Painting Green Thoughts With Purple Paint

The job of the translator is to find a way to express things in the target language so that they trigger the same thoughts as Paul first sparked off in the minds of his readers.

Posts from the Past: Why I think Bible Translation is Important

This one goes back to March 2006. I’d write something rather different today, but there is some interesting thoughts here. This is a rough piece of work that I vaguely hope will become the basis for my MTh… Read More

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