Category: Translation

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You Drink What?

His face crinkled. It was if he was thinking: No way. Did he really just say what I think he said? I can’t believe it. There’s just no way Americans do that…

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Reserved for a Special Purpose

In the Bariai culture of Papua New Guinea, a mark of ownership, called an ul, can be placed upon something by its owner to reserve it for his or her own special purpose. For example, I can place a mark of ownership on a fruit tree, a section of land, or a pig, to reserve it as…

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Translating “Son of God”

The debate surrounding translation of the phrase “Son of God” for certain contexts of Muslim culture has alarmed parts of the church. Last week, 30 Bible scholars, translation consultants, missiologists, and Muslim-culture experts met to…

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Are You Losing Feathers?

…One team shared that their term for faith is literally “losing feathers.” They explained that there is a species of bird in their area that, upon hatching its eggs, loses its feathers…