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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Bible translation dissertation

Professor David Bell recently completed and defended a dissertation for a doctorate in translation theory "with a specific focus on Bible Translation." The title of his dissertation is "A Comparative Analysis of English Bible Translations with a View Towards Defining and Describing Paradigms."

Dr. Bell analyzes the following ten English versions:
  1. KJV
  2. ASV
  3. RSV (the results should be essentially identical to those for the ESV)
  4. NASB
  5. HCSB
  6. TEV
  7. NEB
  8. NIV
  9. NJB
  10. The Message
Dr. Bell's dissertation can be downloaded from his website. Please note that this is a free Geocities website which means that there are download limits. You may find, as I did, that the limits have been reached for a specific time period. You will then need to wait until the next time period to try to download. I have contacted Prof. Bell, asking if he would be willing for his dissertation also to be posted on a website where there are no download limits. If he consents I would expect his dissertation to be posted to this webpage with downloadable files about Bible translation.

Prof. Bell recently notified the Bible Translation email discussion list about his dissertation and website. In that notice he invited questions or comments on his dissertation. I do not see an email address on his website for such feedback, but you are welcome to respond here as comments to this post. Or you can join the BT email discussion list and post your comments there.

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At Sat Oct 15, 01:58:00 PM, Blogger bellnouvelles said...

Dear Wayne,

I just want to make sure that my email address is available for any feedback. You may write me at Also, if anyone is having any difficulty downloading files, please feel free to write me directly and I will send you whatever files you would like.

David Bell

At Sat Oct 15, 08:38:00 PM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

Thanks, David.


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