TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE: HISTORY AND THEORY
Dr. PHILIP H. TOWNER
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
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.
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.
An oral examination will be administered on the last day(s) of the