Mr. Johnston’s Axiom: Thoughts on the Tasks of Translation and Preaching

Steven J. Kraftchick

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 7/1/2011

Issue: Bible Translation (Vol. 31, No 3, Summer, 2011)

Translation is always interpretation, and so is preaching. In their sermons, preachers “translate” biblical texts for contemporary congregations, but they (or their sources) have already translated the sermon text from a biblical language into a contemporary idiom. Each of these steps is inevitably fraught with ambiguity—of which the good preacher must always be aware.

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