WEA announces experts for revival of Bible Translations
The World Evangelical Alliance has announced the names of a team of experts who will gather in Canada later this year to discuss and produce a report on new biblical translations implemented by Wycliffe Global alliance and SIL – formerly known as the Summer Institute of Linguistics. The panel was selected to review changes that were made by Wycliffe Global Alliance solely in relation to familial terms found within scripture. In August 2011 SIL published "Best Practices for Bible Translation of Divine Familial Terms" to settle uneasiness surrounding the scriptural interpretation of familial names contained within scripture, however, this has created more confusion and less certainty.
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To stay on course the panel has stated that it will "review SIL's translation practices, set boundaries for theologically acceptable translation methodology, particularly in Muslim contexts, and suggest how to practically implement these recommendations." Various reports indicate that Wycliffe and SIL have agreed to adhere to any and all recommendations that the panel makes.
Summer Institute of Linguistics
The panel will be given a very specific task that is entirely linguistic in nature, and will not make any assumptions or declarations regarding the intensely debated topic of contextualization which basically is an interpretation of what the authors of these works were thinking. The panel will also not focus on Bible translations in majority languages or any other Bible translations that are used or endorsed by other publications, churches, or organizations.