Translating the Bible into Action (2nd edition)
Translating the Bible into Action
How the Bible can be Relevant in all Languages and Cultures
Author: Margaret Hill, Harriet Hill
Publisher: Langham Publishing (2022)

Second Edition (2022)

When Jesus was born to Mary, God “translated” himself into our human world. This act of God’s translation continues today wherever the gospel is expressed, in each language and lived out in each culture that makes up our diverse world. Unfortunately, the church often ignores its cultural and linguistic diversity and, instead, imposes a dominant “language” and “culture” for expressing faith. This textbook, Translating the Bible into Action, seeks to challenge that situation.

By identifying common barriers that prevent people from engaging with Scripture, the authors explore the ways churches can maintain unity in Christ and celebrate the diversity of their membership. Addressing a wide-range of relevant issues and using practical applications, this revised and updated edition re-establishes the importance of good, contextual Scripture engagement. A key resource in helping church leaders encourage people to communicate with God in their own language and to discover that Christ wants to make himself at home in their world.

Also available as an e-book for Kindle.


Each chapter of the book contains a list of useful resources, including articles and links to websites. You can find clickable links to these resources in this document: Links from Translating the Bible into Action.


1 Barriers to Engaging with Scripture
2 Using Appropriate Scripture Products
3 Language in the Plan of God
4 Culture in the Plan of God
5 Mother-Tongue Scripture Use and Church Growth
6 Using Scripture in Multilingual Churches
7 Helping Interpreters Perform Well
8 Multi-Ethnic Churches
9 Identifying Relevant Issues
10 Providing Necessary Background Information
11 Preparing Bible Studies
12 Preparing Sermons
13 Meditating on God’s Word
14 Trauma Healing
15 HIV-AIDS and the Church
16 Bible Storying
17 Preparing for Good News Encounters
18 Engaging People with Scripture in Evangelism
19 How Muslims use the Bible
20 Engaging Hindus with the Bible
21 Engaging Children and Youth with Scripture
22 Family Prayers
23 Using the Bible in our Digital World
24 Engaging People with Scripture through Music and Dance
25 Engaging People with Scripture through Drama
26 Engaging People with Scripture through the Visual Arts and Media
27 Mother-tongue Reading and Writing for Literates
28 Basic Literacy and Scripture
29 Research, Marketing, and Distribution
30 How to Bring about Change
31 Preparing for Scripture Engagement Seminars

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