Tuesday, July 7, 2020
What is the Bible?
I am thankful to yer Lord and it reenergised me that more than 40 people came in a third session on a Sunday night (we have a morning and afternoon services during this RMCO). More than 30 young teenagers came with a few youths and senior leaders who are parents of these young men and women. The first class before the MCO four months ago was attended by 21 teenagers so there was a marked improvement which was a great encouragement to me since the members' attendance in Sunday services had gone down considerably. We even had three guests from my former church in KK. At the moment, as far as Malay translation is concerned there is no better than our traditional version, Bahasa Indonesian Bible. It is most unfortunate that both Malay versions (Berita Baik and versi Borneo) don't even come close in terms of accuracy and literary merits. The utmost important factor in a good bible translation is its accuracy to the original languages, Hebrew and Greek, though it is sometimes difficult to attain to that in an intended language of translation. So during the talk, the Lord's Prayer which comes in a short 5 verses (Matt 6:9-13), there were at least 4 words in versi Borneo which I would not use as the Bahasa Indonesian version still retains as good a translation as one could get.
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