Thesis for Master of Arts with major in Language and Culture Studies, Dallas International University.
The Scripture Use Research and Ministry (SURAM) project evaluated vernacular Scripture use (VSU) in Papua New Guinea (PNG), also assessing the levels of 16 factors thought to influence VSU. SURAM is described in detail so that others may learn from it to undertake Scripture engagement (SE) research. Other SE research and perspectives from other fields are presented to provide further context for future SE research design. Exploration of SURAM’s development, execution, and outcomes enables other researchers to adapt what SURAM did well to their own contexts. It is the author’s view that SE research is an essential prerequisite to future success for Bible translation (BT) agencies. Recommendations are made for how to accomplish actionable SE research.