Translation as sacred text…

Posted: 22nd June 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

In the latest flareup of the translation vs. original languages debate, David Ker offers this nugget of a quote:

[…] evangelicals actually believe that a translation of their sacred text is itself a sacred text. Or in other words we believe a translation is the word of God. The other groups you refer to believe that the holy writings in their original language are themselves holy. It’s more nuanced than that of course but I think that explains historically why Christians have trusted the experts to produce a Bible in the local language and then have esteemed it like the very words of God.

Sounds like something that could have been written on this blog!

  1. Nathan Stitt says:

    That is a pretty keen insight. I never really understood the relationship between the [English] Bibles that I grew up reading and some sort of text in another language. It seems kind of silly now, but the Bible is the Bible, right?