Jesus of Nazareth functioned in a multilingual environment. He most likely spoke Aramaic, the language of his home and neighbourhood, and appears to have had good command of biblical Hebrew when reading the Scriptures.
It is in the context of the Ayatollah’s Iranian revolution of 1982, and the subsequent persecution of Christians that the translation of the modern Farsi Bible was birthed. As Christians fled as refugees and added to the multilingual Persian diaspora in the UK, a new opportunity presented itself.
In the world of Wycliffe we have used the term ‘language of the heart’ to describe someone’s mother tongue, the language they learnt in their homes and community of birth.
The New Testament is being printed in diglot form with both Mussau and English on the same page. John said the diglot form meets the needs of both the Mussau who live in villages on the island and those who now live away on the mainland.
You have probably heard, as I frequently do, ‘There’s an app for that’. Technology develops rapidly, and the changes that have happened in digital publishing over the last decade have been astonishing.
In 1991 I was visiting the International Publications Department in Dallas and I had in my possession something that I had not realised was breaking new ground.
A team of adventurers recently returned from the Australian MAD (Ministry, Adventure and Discipleship) safari, visiting Wycliffe and SIL members living amongst our indigenous communities. Though not an easy trip, Jessica Rogers shares how overcoming hardships let her have meaningful moments where she discovered a possible longer-term call.
Every language uses metaphors, but they may only have meaning in one culture. Translating them literally may be meaningless.
The impact of technology on translation work Translating Scripture is a complex process and despite technological advances, will remain complex. Translating the nuances and subtlety of language; ...
While new members represent the future, retiring members give us the history on which to build our future. Keith Barber recently retired from Wycliffe after serving for 26 years alongside his wife Carol.