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The End of an Era? Does Skopos Theory Spell the End of the “Free vs. Literal” Paradigm? by Jonathan Downie

The End of an Era? Does Skopos Theory Spell the End of the “Free vs. Literal” Paradigm? by Jonathan Downie

Introduction While most discussion of Bible translations take place around the traditional “free vs. literal” debate, modern, non-Biblical translation theory has become suspicious of such easy dichotomies (e.g. Pym 1997: 39).  Many translation scholars now tend to examine translations based on the purpose for which they were written.1 This article will examine skopos theory, one […]

Translation is Important But Worth Less Than Love: A Review Essay by Jonathan Downie

Translation is Important But Worth Less Than Love: A Review Essay by Jonathan Downie

Collin Hansen, “The Son And the Crescent: Bible translations that avoid the phrase ‘Son of God’ are bearing dramatic fruit among Muslims. But that translation has some missionaries and scholars dismayed” Christianity Today (February 2011), pages 18-23. Translation choices continue to be a major issue for the church. While preparing this review, news showed that […]

Using the Right Bible Translation? A professional translator’s perspective on translation choice, by Jonathan Downie

Using the Right Bible Translation? A professional translator’s perspective on translation choice, by Jonathan Downie

Introduction For church leaders, preachers and even ordinary Christians, choosing a Bible translation can be a difficult task. This is made even more difficult for those who study translation in order to make an informed decision. It is unfortunate that discussions of Bible translations tend to be centred on personal opinions (for example Taylor 2007) […]

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