Cultural Diversity Challenges the Bible
By Megan Larkin
The Holy Bible.
FORT WORTH, Tex.—The translation of the Bible, historically a subject of great debate, is becoming even more complex as the Great Book delves into the world of cultural diversity.
Historically, the issue of diversity has always challenged Biblical teachings, but with the recent death of translator Rev. Eugene A. Nida, there may be new battles.
One reason for the concern is perhaps the lack of credible translators into ethnic cultures. Nida was highly respected by different groups for his understanding of diverse races.
Through his linguistic expertise and dedication to making the Bible accessible to all, Nida helped expand Bible translation into 2,500 languages.
Many translation organizations have set goals to translate the Bible into every language in the world, amounting to an additional 2,250 translations.
It may be the most translated book in the world, but debate about the best way to translate the Bible is still a hot topic.
For nearly 70 years, Nida dominated the Bible translation field, developing and introducing one of the most adopted methods in the field today—dynamic equivalence. Dynamic, or functional, equivalence stands in opposition to the other dominant approach in translation, formal equivalence.
Observed Brian Mclemore, Vice President of Translation for the World Bible Translation Center in Fort Worth, Tex.:
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WASHINGTON—The big stumbling block the Super Committee of the Congress had in reaching an agreement was over extending Bush-era tax cuts.
That’s the view of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who also argues that a more balanced and fair tax structure for the rich would solve many of the nation’s financial problems.
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