Ep. 234: Translating The Bible In A New Way: A Conversation With Jane Schoen and Amy McClintock
Today I welcome back to the program Jane Schoen, and we are joined by her colleague Amy McClintock. Jane and Amy are with the Strategic Resource Group, an organization that funds projects to reach unreached people groups in the Middle East and North Africa, the so-called MENA region of the world.
Almost two years ago I reported on a new initiative by the Strategic Resource Group that – if successful – could have a dramatic impact on the way we do Bible translation. They are using a so-called Translation Service Provider – an organization that normally translates contracts, treaties, movie scripts, books, and all manner of other material – to translate the Bible. The company it is using is called LinguaLinx. I wrote an article about this process in August of 2021.
But one aspect of this project that is different from those undertaken by traditional Bible translation organizations is the remarkable degree of transparency SRG has shown to me in the process. Last year, for example, I checked in with Jane in both January and August to get updates on the project. And that’s what we are doing today. The difference today is that Amy McClintock has joined SRG in a leadership role, so she will be joining Jane in today’s conversation.
The very fact that Jane and Amy and SRG are allowing me to have these regular check-ins is dramatically different from the way the Bible translation industry normally operates. It’s an industry cloaked in secrecy and layers of bureaucracy. In fact, for the past two years or so, I’ve written nearly two dozen articles on the industry and its practices, and I’ll have links to those articles below. I encourage you to check them out.
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Links Mentioned in Today’s Program
Here is a list of articles we have written about the Bible translation industry, from oldest to newest:
ECFA Charter Member, Wycliffe Associates, Resigns Membership While Under Review – March 7, 2020
What Would Wycliffe Fly? – March 19, 2020
Wycliffe Associates Touts MAST, Print-On-Demand – April 15, 2020
When Is A Bible Translation Not A Bible Translation – May 14, 2020
Bible Translation At A Crossroads – June 30, 2020
American Bible Society Names Robert Briggs As President – June 30, 2020
Key Executives Depart Wycliffe Associates – August 12, 2020
Bruce Smith Out As President/CEO of Wycliffe Associates – October 13, 2020
Wycliffe Associates Sees Revenue Decline – March 4, 2021
Women’s Conference Attendees Pledge $1.5-Million To Bible Translation Efforts – March 17, 2021
Bible Translation Organizations Form Alliance (IllumiNations) – April 5, 2021
Wycliffe Associates Claims 30 Bible Translation Projects Underway in Indonesia – April 27, 2021
Biblica Income Rising After Long Decline – May 7, 2021
Details Few in Seed Company Partnership – July 13, 2021
Wycliffe Associates Says It Will Use Radio To Reach Isolated People Groups – July 21, 2021
Translation Service Providers Could Be Paradigm Changing – August 5, 2021
Wycliffe Associates Claims To Help Spoken-Only Languages Get Access to Scripture – August 26, 2021
Just How Broken Is The Bible Translation Industry – September 21, 2021
Outsourcing Bible Translation? – January 17, 2022
List of 50 Largest Bible Translation and Missions Organizations – May 2, 2022
Translating The Bible in a New Way: A Conversation with Jane Schoen – August 10, 2022
Sagamore Institute Attempts To Quantify the Cost of Bible Translation – September 14, 2022
Partnership of Spoken Word and Seed Company Working On Five Oral Bible Translations – September 19, 2022