The Mustard Seed
Lutheran Student Fellowship
1st Sunday of each month
2:00 PM in the SUB Chapel
Everyone is welcome!
One criticism that atheists and agnostics often throw
at Christians is this: "The Bible has been translated so many
times, there is no way to know if
it is accurate."
That popular criticism exposes a basic misunderstanding of how the
Bible comes to us in the English language. The criticism assumes that
we got our English Bible from an earlier translation, and that
translation came from a translation from before that, like this:
Is that how we got the Bible? No! The real picture looks
more like this:
The Old Testament texts were originally written in Hebrew, and the New
Testament was written in Greek. When scholars translate the Bible into
English, they do not translate from another translation. They translate
directly from the ancient Greek and Hebrew texts.
So why do many English versions look so different? Greek and Hebrew are
not the same as English, just as ASL is not the same as English. Just
five different ASL interpreters may express the same idea in five
ways that all mean the same thing, so also Bible translators must
the best way to most clearly communicate the meaning of the ancient
in a language people understand today.
Different translators may choose different ways to express the same
idea. While Bible translators do not have the any of the original
documents written by Moses, David, or Paul, we do have available to us
thousands of ancient carefully handwritten copies (manuscripts) made in
the early years after the
composition of the original documents.
How reliable are those manuscript copies? We will
answer that question next month.
In the mean time, if you want to learn how to study the original Greek
text of New Testament, please contact me.
Sunday Morning Worship
Christ Lutheran Church of the Deaf, on Georgia
Ave. just inside the Beltway, invites Gallaudet students to Sunday
worship and all our special events. A ride is available from campus;
please email me for time and location of the shuttle pickup: Ron.Friedrich@gallaudet.edu
My campus office
|From time to time we post
announcements to the Lutheran Student Fellowship by email. If you
would like to be included, please send your email address to Ron.Friedrich@gallaudet.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
in Ely 118.
Drop in and introduce
Pastor Ron Friedrich
of Campus Ministry]