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CHAPTER I-IV

HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN MARTYRS TO THE FIRST GENERAL PERSECUTIONS UNDER NERO

IV. Matthew

Whose occupation was that of a toll-gatherer, was born at Nazareth. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew, which was afterwards translated into Greek by James the Less. The scene of his labors was Parthia, and Ethiopia, in which latter country he suffered martyrdom, being slain with a. halberd in the city of Nadabah, AD 60.

John Foxe-Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

New Bible Translation

I came across this article over the weekend concerning a new Bible translation. Some believe that the Bible should be translated without cultural, political, or theological biases; while others think that the scriptures are to be translated to make them relevant to today’s society.

To be truthful about the matter, I would have to say that there is no translation that hasn’t been influenced by some bias; one way or another. Nevertheless, when translating the Bible, the Christian community needs to be as true to the original languages as possible; while at the same time making them readable in today’s society. Sometimes this might require a bias concerning which words to use. This is because when one translates a word from one language to another, there are at times words that are not equivalent in the translated language, to the word that is being translated. In other words, there are words that are in one language that have a particular meaning, but in the language being translated to, there may not be a word that would carry the same definition of the word being translated. This is why at times translators have to use a word that has the same idea as the one they are trying to translate.

This much said, I will leave you with the article. You can go to it here.