The Pope on the Bible

I discovered the following quote from an interview on Pub Philospher (what a great name for a Blog). It comes from an interview given by Father Joseph Fessio, a friend of Pope Benedict’s. In the interview, Father Fessio remembered a conversation with the Pope concerning Islam’s ability to adapt to modern culture. The Pope gives […]

The New Testament in Gullah

The language that gave us the song “Kumbaya” and the words yam, nanny, and gumbo now has a Bible to call its own. Christianity Today has a fascinating article on the translation of the New Testament into Gullah a language spoken on the islands of the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas.The Word from Geecheetown […]

Translating Colossians 1:20

In our Sunday morning service yesterday we had a reading of one of my favourite verses. Colossians 1:20. Rather surprisingly, the reading was from a translation we don’t often use at our Church; the English Standard Version or ESV. and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making […]

Why is Bible Translation Important?

We have been involved in Bible translation for over twenty years now. Obviously, we think that translating the Scriptures is vitally important and we’ve posted things elsewhere on this website that indicate why. However, I’d be very interested to know what reasons others have for thinking that Bible translation is important. Why, should people in […]

Are Sisters Brothers

I really must get round to writing something myself in the next few days. In the meantime, there is another excellent article on the Better Bible Blog entitled Are Sisters Brothers? This gives a great insight into the problems that Bible translators can face with seemingly simple terms when one language does not completely overlap […]

Better Bibles Blog: Luke 2:16 How many were in the manger?

Better Bibles Blog: Luke 2:16 How many were in the manger? The NRSV has the following wording for Luke 2:16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. If you think about it, this is rather confusing. How many people were in the manger? Just Jesus? […]

Translation and Gender Issues

Gordon Tisher of the Balafon blog has posted an interesting article on translation and gender issues. He is specifically commenting on some of the questions raised by the Inclusive edition of the NIV, but he actually gives a good basic introduction to what Bible translation is all about. It’s well worth a read, though it […]

John Piper on Bible Translation

John Piper has a very good short article on oral cultures and Bible Translation. You can see it by clicking here. This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be valid. Things change on the web and it […]

Bible Translation and the Incarnation

The last few weeks, I’ve been mulling over what Bible translation is all about (this comes a bit late, after twenty years in the field). At the most basic level, Bible translation is a very effective tool for transmitting the message of the Gospel. By translating the Scriptures, we are allowing people to hear God’s […]

God Speaks To All People

For anyone who is interested, I’ve just developed a short web page with links to a presentation I’ve written for a Christian Conference later this week. You can download the Script, Powerpoint and a handout. There are also a number of links to resources which might be of interest. Though some of my sermons have […]