Our translation includes key terms from the original Greek and Hebrew in the margins. This extends our reach into the roots of the Bible’s origin, and in so doing, opens value and meaning.
By working with etymology and synonyms, we flesh out the original Greek or Hebrew and instantly offer our reader a “cloud of meaning” rather than merely one-to-one equivalence (which as every translator knows, is always a case of oversimplification).
The terroir of language
We have come into an age where people care deeply about provenance. Our modern culture now understands the critical value of the origin story, where a thing comes from – the soil it grew in – it's terroir. The more specific the details of the provenance can be, the more value it has.
This translation intentionally asks the reader to participate in a process of forming their own dynamic experience by digging deep into the original languages. Here's a sample:
1. metanoia – From meta (to change or move beyond) and noia – from nous (mind, thought). Literally, “a change of mind” or “to move beyond the current mode of thinking” – this is an invitation to a radical renewal of one’s life, values and actions, addressing one’s mode of being at its core. Traditionally translated as “Repent!"
Mapping ancient and modern
We love maps. So let's make sure we have really good ones in our Bible. And we will footnote all those places and tell you about their modern-day equivalents so that it actually makes sense. Chaldea? That's Southern Iraq.
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