I have been active in the Bible translation email discussion list and the Better Bibles Blog from their beginnings. Over these years I have observed that participants in discussions about Bible translation often have very different views. Sometimes it seems these differences are foundational, having to do with the very purpose of Bible translation.
In this series I would like to try to discover what, if any, foundational beliefs we do share about Bible translation, as well as differences that lead us to such different conclusions sometimes.
So the first question I’ll ask for you to answer in comments to this post, based on your own views about Bible translation, is:
What is the purpose of Bible translation (rather than just teaching the biblical languages to people around the world)?