Book Review by A. S., 2016: One Bible, Many Versions, by Dave Brunn of Ethnos360 — Growing up around Elizabethan English, hearing the KJV read, and later reading it for myself puts a unique perspective on this ancient literary style. It helped me to at first be partial to the KJV-only voices, though I felt they usually came across too strong.
“Multilingualism is a gift. It facilitates sharing of testimonies across language barriers.” —Larry Hayashi
In his recent paper presented at the 2017 Bible Translation conference, Kyle Davis encourages using locally trained indigenous church leaders instead of primarily depending on expatriate specialists throughout the duration of the translation process.
So, within the target language of a new translation project, how can a team go about finding or preparing these leaders? Let’s hold that question for just a moment.
"Lord, let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am." —David Brainerd
Take a look at the relationship square below. This square is a simplified representation of ABT’s relationship to sending churches and the Bible translation and church planting process.
The relationship square illustrates three main points:
"The spread of the gospel in the early church saw the dissemination of Scripture along with the provision of missionaries and pastors. One wonders if at least some of the tensions over Bible translation springs from the commitment on the part of some to provide adequate translations without simultaneously providing missionaries and pastors" —D.A. Carson
(written the beginning of August)
"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving." —Amy Carmichael
ABT's Translation Philosophy, Part 3 of 5
PRESERVATION OF THE MESSAGE
Due to the passing of time, the original manuscripts of the Scriptures are no longer available. Nevertheless, through extant manuscripts we have access to the complete message from God. The written Word of God was not lost with the autographs, but is intact, preserved for mankind by God who gave it. With this confidence we are committed to taking the written Word to the peoples who lack it.
“There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after” —Adoniram Judson