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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Making sense

Have you read the CEV Scripture (1 Cor. 14:18-19) for today, May 29, in the right margin of this blog? Perhaps it is not simply a "coincidence" that Today's Scripture is on the very topic which is the focus of so many of my blog posts, namely, whether or not the English used in our Bible versions makes sense to those who use those versions. Now, there is a lot of English in most English Bibles that does make good sense. But we can do even better. We can work to make better Bibles where there is a commitment on the part of translators that every sentence will make sense (at least to the degree that the text in the original biblical languages makes sense) to those who use their translations. And there is only one way to find out if that ideal has been reached and that is to do extensive objective field testing to discover what people understand the wordings of the translation to mean.



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