The Bible in Translation: A Brief History


Sundays | August 6, 23, 20, 27 | Fifield Hall | 10-10:50am

Instructor: Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio

The English Bibles that we read today are the product of a long and fascinating story. Across time and cultures, Scripture has been translated from its original Greek and Hebrew into the common language of many people groups. In English alone, there are dozens of different translations available today, from the well known KJV and NRSV to newer versions such as the Message and the CEB. How do these translations differ? What factors inform translation decisions? To what extent has the process of Bible translation shaped what the Bible means and how we interact with it? This course aims to address these and related questions about the history of the Bible in translation.

  • August 6: The Greek Septuagint and Other Early Translations
  • August 13: The Reformation and the Rise of the English Bible
  • August 20: From the KJV to the NRSV
  • August 27: Modern English Translations and Paraphrases

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