Technology and Bible Translation

God gave us the ability to make tools (technology). He also lets us choose what to do with them. BUT, he has given us a job to do (go into all the world, make disciples…) and these tools can make the job possible. Some of the items which will allow us to provide every language group with God’s Word are:

Global communications

  • Internet and voice communications now available globally due to satellite systems and growing cell tower technology. Translators can back up data to the cloud, and translators can consult remotely in multiple locations.
  • jaars.org/blog/making-connections-in-africa

 

Advancing transportation systems

  • We can travel to any place on the earth, and with increasing speed. This allows easier access to translation teams and missionaries.
  • jaars.org/transportation

 

Specialized software

  • Word processing, phone apps for custom dictionaries, easy access to source documents, predictive translation tools relying on similar languages, and more.
  • software.sil.org/products

 

Advanced linguistics studies

  • All languages in the world are being categorized and documented. We have confidence we can translate any language.
  • ethnologue.com

 

Better power systems

 

Partnerships

  • The great commission is a call for the Global Church. As more people and churches get involved in the process, we will make greater progress.
  • See the history of Bible translation: wycliffe.net/BTT.html

 

Take a look at this video about technology and Bible translation: https://youtu.be/NdPObTaV2Y4

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