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It's been said that people don't want to know: 1) how sausages are made, 2) how bibles are translated. In this podcast we bravely talk about the latter, go deep into biblical studies, and seek to treasure and understand the Bible together. It's for people who want to get nerdy about Scripture and for those who want to understand how their translations came to be. Everything from history to Hebrew, we're on a quest to learn more and make beautiful translations of God's Word. We believe the Bible is a unified, God-breathed, God-centered, hope-giving book, sweeter than honey, pointing to Jesus.

Working for the Word - a Bible translation podcast Andrew Case

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 34 Ratings

It's been said that people don't want to know: 1) how sausages are made, 2) how bibles are translated. In this podcast we bravely talk about the latter, go deep into biblical studies, and seek to treasure and understand the Bible together. It's for people who want to get nerdy about Scripture and for those who want to understand how their translations came to be. Everything from history to Hebrew, we're on a quest to learn more and make beautiful translations of God's Word. We believe the Bible is a unified, God-breathed, God-centered, hope-giving book, sweeter than honey, pointing to Jesus.

    God's Steadfast Love, or David's? - with Peter Gentry

    God's Steadfast Love, or David's? - with Peter Gentry

    In the last episode I left you hanging on the question as to why it’s possible to translate Isaiah 55:3 referring to David as the subject of acts of covenantal love. And this runs contrary to all the major English versions, which interpret David as the object of acts of covenantal love. This was not an idea that originated with me, but with Dr. Peter Gentry. So I invited him to share with us his arguments that appear in his book Kingdom through Covenant, and he kindly agreed. This may be a more technical episode than usual, but never fear: Gentry has also written a far more accessible, less technical volume of Kingdom through Covenant that’s called God’s Kingdom through God’s Covenants. So definitely grab a copy of that for Christmas when you finish listening.

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    • 50 min
    Crazy Simple & Complicated Words of David - checking 2 Samuel part 1

    Crazy Simple & Complicated Words of David - checking 2 Samuel part 1

    It’s been a while since we got into some nitty-gritty, concrete examples of my daily workflow in translation consulting. So in this episode we’re going to see how many issues we can walk through, and hopefully we’ll all learn something useful or fascinating from the experience. You’ll definitely want to stick around for the discussion of 2 Samuel 7:19.

    Kingdom through Covenant by Gentry & Wellum

    Critique textuelle de l’ancien Testament for Free Download

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    • 33 min
    The Precision of Greek - part 2 with Nat Erickson

    The Precision of Greek - part 2 with Nat Erickson

    Make sure you listen to the first part of this conversation in the previous episode. You can check out Nat's blog at https://ntgreeketal.com/.

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    • 23 min
    Is Greek a Magically Precise Language? - with Nat Erickson

    Is Greek a Magically Precise Language? - with Nat Erickson

    Have you ever heard anyone say that God chose to write the NT in Greek because it’s such an incredibly precise language? I’ve heard plenty of people make this claim, including pastors and professors of Greek exalting it as having an almost supernatural precision. Can this be true, or is Greek just a language like every other language, with its own idiosyncrasies, ambiguities, strengths, and weaknesses? This is an issue we need to explore, because it gets at the heart of Bible translation, raising the question, “If Greek is magically precise, more than all other languages, aren’t we losing that precision in translation?” I invited Nat Erickson to walk us through the answer to this question, and I was so pleased with how well he prepared, and how detailed and articulate his presentation was. So who is Nat? Well, he’s on the tail end of completing a Ph.D. in New Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. And he’s researching how information structure affects constituent order in 'periphrastic' constructions in Koine Greek, focusing on non-New Testament Jewish and Christian writings. He blogs regularly about Greek and aspects of New Testament study at https://ntgreeketal.com/.

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    • 43 min
    Behind-the-Scenes of the NIV Translation Committee with Dr. Jeannine Brown

    Behind-the-Scenes of the NIV Translation Committee with Dr. Jeannine Brown

    My guest in this episode, Dr. Jeannine Brown, has taught at Bethel Seminary for over 20 years in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and integration. Her many books include Scripture as Communication, Becoming Whole and Holy, and several commentaries on Matthew. She has also published numerous journal articles and book essays on the Gospels, 1 Peter, and topics of hermeneutics. She’s married to singer-songwriter Tim Brown, and has two adult daughters, Kate and Libby. And most importantly for this podcast, she is a member of the NIV translation committee and is a part of the revision project for the NIV Study Bible. So if you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the NIV translation committee, this is your chance to find out!

    Write a thank-you to the NIV committee over at Biblica.com.

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    • 37 min
    Relevant Study Bibles with Dr. Harriet Hill

    Relevant Study Bibles with Dr. Harriet Hill

    If you’re like me, you have a mixed relationship with study bibles. Once in a while they can give you a jolt of amazing insight or new understanding, but many times you find the notes redundant, useless, painfully obvious, filler fluff, or just simply irrelevant. Our tendency as readers is to ignore these problems and assume that the “professionals” know what they’re doing. But not Dr. Harriet Hill. Today we’re going to dive into her careful analysis of some major study bibles and see how they can improve. Spoiler: it’ll make you laugh and cry. There’s lots to learn and tons of room for improvement in the study Bible world.

    Dr. Harriet Hill's article "Relevant Study Bibles"

    The Bible at Cultural Crossroads

    Dr. Hill's artwork

    The best study Bible I've ever used, and recommend

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

K Phil ,

So glad I found this!

This podcast is awesome! I’ve listened all the episodes on the divine name so far, but I can tell it is very well researched, informative, and interesting. I have my M.Div and I’ve taken Hebrew and Greek so I’m able to hang with the more technical side of this podcast, but if you don’t know Greek and Hebrew you could still benefit a lot from it. I also love the Hebrew YouTube videos he and his wife have made (that’s how I first heard about their ministry). If you’re familiar with the Bible Project podcast and Mike Heiser’s podcast, I would say this podcast is a bit more technical/niche than Bible Project, but more interesting and practical than Mike Heiser’s which tends to go down wider historical/cultural rabbit trails.

UPDATE: I just wanted to update this review after having listened to every episode. And now I can say with confidence that every episode is so good! If I’m voluntarily bingeing this podcast, it has to be good! It inspires me to be a better scholar, pastor, student of the Bible, and follower of Jesus. Also it makes me feel more connected to and caring about the global church than ever before.

Greekgeek4ever ,

My favorite podcast!

I was not a "podcast person" until I heard about this podcast and started listening to it. :) Working for the Word is by far the most interesting podcast I've ever come across!! I love Greek and Hebrew, (and Bible translation), and Andrew Case does a fantastic job of keeping folks like me interested and sympathetic to the cause of Bible translators around the world who struggle through some of the most mundane--and fascinating things. Not only will you hear real-life snippets from Andrew's personal translation work, but you'll also get to hear from lots of other scholars and experts who are invited to speak on all sorts of interesting topics pertaining to the world of Bible translation. I would give this 10 stars if I could! This podcast definitely appeals to Bible "geeks", but even if you're not a geek, I think you'll enjoy it; just give it a try and see!
Not only does Andrew make this amazing podcast, (check out his series on the Divine Name!) but he and his wife also teach biblical Hebrew communicatively for free! Check out the "Aleph with Beth" YouTube channel for details. I'm learning Hebrew right now along with thousands of others. May God bless their ministry!

Sommer Rose ,

Brain food

This podcast is making my Bible nerd heart so happy. I have an undergraduate in biblical studies, so no advanced biblical linguistics classes, just a year of Greek and a year of Hebrew and I still find these discussions very easy to engage with. I teach the Bible to various groups at my church and I find that questions surrounding translation are the some of the most common and most concerning for many people. This podcast has helped me come to a deeper understanding of many issues and has stoked the fire of my personal study as well. Thank you so much and please keep the episodes coming!

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