TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE: HISTORY AND THEORY

Dr. PHILIP H. TOWNER

Description

This course considers the translation of the Bible both as an aspect of the church’s mission history and as an activity that influences the shape of human culture. Examination of the early history of the translation of the Bible will create a context for understanding it within the current paradigm of translation studies and the church of the twenty-first century. Specific problems posed by the translation of the Scriptures will be considered along with strategies and translation types designed to address those problems.

Aims

1. To introduce the phenomenon of Bible translation as a component of mission history and to trace its early developments.
2. To introduce developments in the theoretical framework of translation studies from the 1950’s-present day and locate the activity of Bible translation within this framework.
3. To introduce the types of Bible translations and investigate a range of specific translation problems encountered in Bible translation.

Method

The course will be comprised of a combination of pedagogical methods. Traditional lectures (with discussion) will be used to introduce the history and geography of Bible translation, and to introduce translation theory. Consideration of case studies, discussed in a seminar format, will provide a framework for exploring types of Bible translations, and specific translation examples and problems will be employed to demonstrate aspects of translation theory.

Evaluation

An oral examination will be administered on the last day(s) of the course.