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Emil Brunner
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Lesslie Newbigin, Proper Confidence, p. 96
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Wilfred M. McClay in 'Why the Academy Needs Christians' May/June 1997 Books and Culture
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Galatians 5:6
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Taylor, The Go-Between God, p. 23
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John Wesley
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Georgia Warnke, 'Gadamer' p. 2
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John Leith, Basic Christian Doctrine, p. 7
Whoever questions and even challenges God all the while desiring to obey His Word and listening to His silence, that person is a theologian.
Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, Great Souls, p. 356
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Alisdair MacIntyre, After Virture, p. 221
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Dan Postema, Space for God, p. 92
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John Calvin, The Institutes, bk 1, ch 12
Theology can be a coat of mail which crushes us and in which we freeze to death. It can also be-this is in fact its purpose!-the conscience of the congregation of Christ, its compass and with it all a praise-song of ideas. Which of the two it is depends upon the degree in which listening and praying Christians stand behind the theological business.
Helmut Thielicke, A Little Exercise for Young Theologians, p. 36
The Kingdom that I seek
Is thine; so let the way
That leads to it be thine,
Else I must surely stray.
H. Bonar, 'Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord.'
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Alisdair MacIntyre, After Virture, p. 164

Bible In Translation

15th March 2013

 

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  

                                                                                                            John 1:14a

 

 

“There is a history of the translation of the Bible because there was a translation of the Word into flesh.”

     Andrew Walls, The Missionary Movement in Christian History, p 26.

 

The translation of the Bible is a concrete act which draws a multitude of disciplines together into a unified whole.   Wirkungsgechichte seeks to specialize in a number of these disciplines without losing its emphasis upon the practical application of these disciplines for the sake of the gospel.  As such we begin with Bible translation and end with encouragement toward creative translation in our own time, all in the hopes of aiding in the re-evangelization of Western culture.  It is only natural, then, that we begin with a time line of translations of the Bible.

 

The Hebrew Scriptures were originally written in Hebrew and Aramaic.  But as Israelite people and culture were more and more influenced by Greco-Roman culture and language it became clear that the Scriptures needed to be translated into the language of the dominant culture.  The septuagint was the result.

 

 

 

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