Be an Old Testament Translator

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All-Nations church-planting team model:

Old Testament translator
New Testament translator
Community development facilitator




Why translate the Old Testament?

Scripture in the mother tongue is foundational to a maturing church.

The Old Testament in the mother tongue is foundational to the Gospel:

  • Knowing God and His purpose for His people
  • Understanding the human condition
  • Comprehending much of the New Testament

Unfortunately, too many translation efforts have ignored the significance of the Old Testament for church planting and church life. So not only will All-Nations teams be serving where whole-Bible translations are needed, but some will also serve where the Old Testament was not translated and, as a result, the church is weakened or never gets established.

More Old Testament translators are needed!

7,353 - languages spoken in the world
1,548 - languages with only the New Testament
2,115 - languages with no Bible at all
(October 2019 statistics)

God speaks their language. He created it!
Help bring His whole Word to them.

Be an Old Testament translator.




Collaborative effort
Trained team members working with local speakers of the target language

Faithful translation
True to the original-language texts, yet clear in the target-language context

Thorough review
Reviewed by a consultant, and also used and tested in the community

Ready access
Portions produces as they become available—in digital, audio, and print




Becoming an Old Testament Translator

Training to be an Old Testament translator involves much more than just learning Hebrew, but with diligence it can be done! From orientation to team launch, members typically spend two to four years in training. Click below to view the training requirements. The second document shows some of the places we may recommend for training.

Training RequirementsTraining Sources


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  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10