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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Acta theol. vol.29  suppl.12 Bloemfontein  2009


Towards the translation of multilingual Bible study guides for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Southern Africa



J.A. Naudé; G. Gelderbloem

Department Afroasiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300




Southern Publishing Association, the publishing house of the SA Seventh-day Adventist Churches, provides Bible Study Guides for its church members. In South Africa, the English source text is translated into five languages, namely Sesotho, isiXhosa, Tshi-Venda, isiZulu and Afrikaans. The study guides are used for home study and in Sabbath School classes. The specific aims of the article include: to discover, by means of an empirical study, whether the translations are meeting the cultural and linguistic needs of the target audience and to determine their views on the current Bible Study Guides; to explore the future of translation in a multilingual, democratic South Africa; to ascertain by means of a survey the difficulties the translators face and to suggest improvements; to establish, by analysis, how the text can be translated functionally; and to establish the effect of globalisation and whether it would be possible to localise the source texts.

Keywords: Seventh-day Adventist, Bible Study Guides, Globalisation strategy, Localisation strategy

Trefwoorde: Sewendaagse Adventis, Bybelstudiegidse, Globaliseringstrategie, Lokaliseringstrategie



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1 The authors wish to express their thanks to Prof. Cynthia Miller of the University of Wisconsin, Madison for valuable comments and to Ms. Marlie van Rooyen for her assistance to edit the text and technical matters of this article.

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