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The Nature and Challenges of Bible Translation

In Bible by Hans Combrink

Introduction In this series of three articles, we will firstly look at the nature and challenges of  Bible translation and how a theology of translation is firmly rooted in Scripture. In the second article, we will more closely consider the place of Bible translation in Biblica’s Mission and Vision, looking at the centrality of Bible translation in all we do as well as its historical development. In the third, we will unpack Biblica’s translation philosophy, strategy and global translation portfolio, …

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The Costly, Yet Eternally Rewarding Life of Being a Bible Translator

In Bible, Ministry by Biblica Staff

For Mathew Varghese, the road to becoming a Bible translator was long and difficult. It required a great deal of time and prayer, along with some serious sacrifices. Mathew was born into a Syrian Orthodox family. As a baby, his parents dedicated him to become a priest in the Syrian Orthodox Church. “When I was 15 years old,” he says, “I had my first encounter with the Lord. My Sunday school teacher introduced me to the Lord Jesus Christ and …

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This Bible Translation Never Existed Before. Now it’s Changing Lives

In Bible by Biblica Staff

“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…’” – Matthew 5:1-3, NIV How many times have you read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? This famous teaching, found in Matthew 5-7, is one of the most well-known passages in the entire Bible. Yet there are still people who …

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Which Bible Heroes Would You Friend on Facebook?

In Bible by Karen Scalf Bouchard

What if Mark Zuckerberg had invented Facebook 5000 years ago? Think about the possibilities. Imagine if folks we know from the Bible had Facebook profiles. What might you see in your newsfeed? Samson posting ANOTHER workout selfie at the gym. Moses uploading a snapshot and writing, “And here’s what I’m having for lunch today!” (And of course, it’s still manna…) Eve always bragging on her kids: “Oh look! Here’s Cain taking his first step!” “Abel just lost his first baby …

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A Fascinating Dive Into How Popular Bible Verses Were Translated

In Bible by Hans Combrink

Romans 8:28 is one of those well-known and often-quoted verses which many of us have drawn on when faced with tragedies, challenges or adversity. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV) Most translations follow the NA28/UBS5 Greek working text which is based on the majority of manuscript readings and is usually translated in English as, “And we know that…all things work …

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This Children’s Book is Helping Kids Learn How to Love and Forgive

In Bible by Biblica Staff

Kirk first encountered the prayer covenant way back in 1967. Since then, he has preached and taught the concept, started the 40 Day Prayer Covenant ministry, and entered into more than 9,000 agreements to pray for others. According to the 40 Day Prayer Covenant website, the prayer covenant is a “process and a prayer anchored in Scriptures.”