Bible Background

Knowledge of the history and context of the biblical texts enables a consultant to bring a broader perspective to a team’s translation of a particular text.

Here are some resource suggestions to help you grow in your Bible background skills:

1. Bible Lands as Classroom videos

The Bible Lands as Classroom videos present a detailed visual introduction to the geographical, cultural, social and archaeological background to the Bible and its relevance for translation. Some excerpts from these videos are freely available from SIL International Media Services, or embedded in the Translation Insights and Perspectives tool.


2. Resources on Textual Criticism

The following books provide helpful introductions to issues in textual criticism:

Wurthwein, Ernst. 2014. The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica. 

Ellis R. Brotzman & Eric J. Truly. 2016. Old Testament Textual Criticism. A Practical Introduction. 

Paul D. Wegner. 2006. Textual Criticism of the Bible. Its History, Methods, and Results.

These videos also introduce issues in textual criticism:

Tip: Choose one of these resources to read or watch and discuss with your mentor.

Further resources that might interest you

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