A Practical Theology of Bible Translating: What Does the Bible Teach About Bible Translating for All Nations

A Practical Theology of Bible Translating: What Does the Bible Teach About Bible Translating for All Nations

by Steve Combs


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The Study of translating is one of the most important in modern times and probably one of the most neglected. All Christians will profit from this book. You will be inspired, challenged and enlightened by this must-read book.

A careful reading of this book will assist translators around the world to come to a knowledge of what God expects from those handling His Words “to make them known.” Man cannot and should not assume that he can establish the “rules’ for how to “make them known,” because God has “ magnified [His] word above all [His] name” (Psalm 138:2f),and the following verse indicates how high He has exalted His name. This book shows the “why” and the “how” to carry over God’s Words into the languages of the world, according to God’s standards, not man’s.

This book is not just for translators. It is for all Christians who love the Word of God. Textual scholars have taught us that we still do not yet fully know what the original Scriptures said. They tell us all our Bibles have places that are uncertain and may have errors. But, God has inspired and preserved all His Words. We can be fully confident that every word of God is available to us. This book can build confidence in the Bible. It will lift your view of God’s Word and encourage your faith.

Dr. Combs’ qualifications to author this book are evident by his extensive research and teaching of translation. He has spent many years consulting with translators, studying and gleaning from the scriptures. He has modeled the importance of using Biblical principles to produce a faithful, accurate and true translation of God's Word. Writing about this vital topic is the result of labor that has been years in the making. You will be inspired, challenged and enlightened by this must-read book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733924795
Publisher: Old Paths Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/31/2019
Series: Translating , #1
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Steve Combs is an ordained minister. He spent his early years in Kentucky, Virginia, and finally Ohio. He was not raised in a Christian home. He had some Christian influence from his grandmother, but that had little effect on him. Due to discussions with a Baptist preacher and a Sunday School teacher, who visited his home, he began to read the Bible. The Word of God had its effect. He came under strong conviction of his sins. A friend invited him to a nearby church during revival meetings, where he heard the gospel preached.
God showed him that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid for his sins when he died on the cross and, afterward, rose physically from the dead. He believed it with all his heart and, as a result, he was born spiritually into the family of God and saved from condemnation for his sins.
Since then there have been major transformations to his life. God called him to preach and enabled a backward shy individual suffering from an inferiority complex to stand before crowds and confidently proclaim the Word of God. God gave him a business background as a CPA and God put him in several ministry positions. He has served as a Bible Institute teacher and Dean, a youth pastor, assistant pastor, and a senior pastor. He holds a Doctor of Theology from Covington Theological Seminary.
Currently Steve Combs is Assistant Director and a Global Translation Advisor for Bearing Precious Seed Global/ Global Bible Translators, www.bpsglobal.com. BPS Global starts and assists Bible translation projects around the world.
He is married and has four married children.

Table of Contents

388 pages

Major Definitions

Important Abbreviations

Preface by Dr. H.D. Williams

Forward by Dr. Steve Zeinner

Introduction: The Purpose of This Book

The Division of Languages:

Babel and the Great Need

Inspiration, Preservation

The First Translator

The Great Commission

The Scriptural Definition of Bible Translating

The Scriptural Method of Bible Translating

The Scriptural Method Applied

Translating, Bible Study, and Bible Teachers

The Qualifications of a Translator

The Septuagint

The Traditional Text

The Received Greek Text, the KJB, and the UBS

A Short History of Bible Translating

The Future: Bible Translating

Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth

Introduction to the Appendices and Bibliography

A Bible Believer Asks, Why Use Greek and Hebrew?

Problems of the Greek Text

1 Jn. 5:7; Jn. 1:18; 3:16; Mk. 16:9-20;

Rom. 8:1; 1 Tim. 3:16; Jn. 7:53-8:11

A Historical Summary of Unbelief

A Few Passages in the KJB that are

Disputed from Greek

Mt. 1:1 and 1:17; 21:13; 27:35; Acts 19:37; Heb. 10:23; Jude 8; Rev. 21:9

Translation Challenge-God or Lord?

Acts 19:20

Translation Challenge

Judgment, Condemnation, and Polysemy

John 5:24

Translation Challenge-Diligent Study

2 Tim. 2:15

Translation Challenge-Faith or Faithful?

Rom. 3:3

About the Author


End Notes

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