Dr. Steve Fortosis has written a book in tribute to all Bible translators. Maybe some of you were quizzed by him as he wrote the book. Paul Vollrath of SIL has said: “There has not been a book for the general Christian public for 30 years or more describing the aspects of the Bible translation task, the fun bits
about language, and the snags in translating God’s Word into totally unrelated languages. This book hopes to fill that niche and also be of help to translators today in sharing the story of their work with supporters.”
Below is a book summary and the Table of Contents. Steve must raise $1200 in pre-orders so he can afford to publish the volume (through William Carey Library). Copies are $10 each. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, phone him at 941 416-1678, or write to him at: 2312 Sagebloom Terrace, North Port, FL, 34286.
How does one communicate Christ’s designation of Herod as a fox in a culture in which a “fox” is a homosexual? How does one translate: “Behold I stand at the door and knock…” in a culture that has no doors? How does one explain the Jewish assumption that women with covered faces are prostitutes, when, for some peoples, it is a sign of deepest respect and modesty? And how does one explain a crucified Savior in a group where male weakness is only looked upon with scorn?
This book illustrates how incredibly difficult, time-consuming, mind-gripping and even amusing the translation process can be. The author believes that when you finish reading it, you will have an added respect for translators and a mounting admiration for a God who has given us a holy volume that can speak clearly and powerfully to each people group in its own language across the centuries.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Great Cost; Greater Reward
Chap. 2 Tones, Clicks, and Fricatives
Chap. 3 Matching Scripture with People Groups
Chap. 4 The Search for God in Every Place
Chap. 5 God: Picketing Peg for the Soul
Chap. 6 Family Affairs
Chap. 7 And the Father Said Supo
Chap. 8 The Road of the Quiet Heart
Chap. 9 Kingdom Talk
Chap. 10 Heart, Liver, and Intestines?
Chap. 11 Being Strong on God
Chap. 12 Hold the Ear and Give a Good Stomach
Chap. 13 Satan, Evil Spirits, and Headless Turkeys
Chap. 14 For Clarity’s Sake
Chap. 15 Hard Sayings
Chap. 16 Translators Laugh (at themselves)
Epilogue The Nuts and the Bolts