This is an all volunteer--unpaid-- effort to bring Bible.org resources into as many languages as we possibly can. Here volunteers will be able to find resources and information on this translation ministry.
While this is a volunteer project, we do have a translator appreciation program by which we desire to express a token of our thanks through further Bible Study resources that we are able to offer.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer translator please visit our volunteer page (for more details) and contact us today!
Since YOU are the one doing the translating, here is our guidance and advice:
1. Choose any article on Bible.org that you would like to translate. Perhaps you would like to translate something that would personally be of help to you in your life or ministry. Since you will be spending a bit of time working on this article you have the freedom to choose whatever article you would like to translate.
2. If you would like suggestions or guidance we have prepared a listing of articles that we would really like to see made available in each language (see below for a web version of this list). This listing is also available in an Excel spreadsheet (in the Related Media for this article) if you would like a downloadale version (Readable in Microsoft Excel, or the freely downloadable program Open Office). It has links to each of the articles just like the version below.
A. In this list our first priority is "God's Plan of Salvation" by Hampton Keathley, III
B. After that salvation message article, we would encourage you to pick one article from each of the categories listed in our spreadsheet to translate so that a variety of subjects are made available. This way we will not have, for instance, ten articles available on Bible study but none on Prayer. After each subject has a translated article in the new language we can go back and translate the "missing" articles.
3. After picking an article to translate be sure to let us know which one you are working on so that we do not accidentally receive duplicate translations from different translators.
|1. God’s Plan of Salvation, Hampton Keathley, III (PTSM*, 1)|
|2. [Basics of Christian Faith 5] Sin and Salvation, Vickie Kraft (PTSM, 1)|
|3. The Gospel for Us and Through Us, Greg Herrick (PTSM, 1)|
|4. Can People Really Be Sure of Their Salvation?, Greg Herrick (PTSM, 2)|
|5. Assurance of Eternal Security, Hampton Keathley, III (PTSM, 2)|
|6. Meditating on Scriptural Assurances, Greg Herrick (PTSM, 2)|
|7. The Trinity, Charles Buntin (PTSM, 3)|
|8. Three in One, Charles Strauss (PTSM, 3)|
|9. The Trinity (Triunity) of God, Hampton Keathley, III (PTSM, 3)|
|10. Spiritual Growth Study Guide: Prayer, John Underhill (PTSM, 4)|
|11. Spiritual Growth Study Guide: Confession, John Underhill (PTSM, 4)|
|12. The Paternoster - A Model Prayer Matthew 6:9-15, Chip Bell (PTSM, 4)|
|13. Paul's Four Life-Changing Prayers, Kenneth Boa (PTSM, 4)|
|14. Topical Prayer: Misc, Robert Hill (PTSM, 4)|
|15. The Prayer-Filled Life (Part 1), Hampton Keathley, III (PTSM, 4)|
Bible Study Methods
|16. What Does It Take To Grow? John Underhill (PTSM, 5)|
|17. How to Study the Bible: For Beginners, Greg Herrick –12 part Series—(PTSM, 5) First article= Introduction: (Getting Started Studying the Bible)|
|18. (See #17) The Place of the Bible in the Life of the Christian|
|19. (See #17) Principles for Bible Study: Four Key Components|
|20. (See #17) Practice of Bible Study|
|21. (See #17) Practicing on a Paragraph|
|22. (See #17) Introduction to Practice Makes Perfect|
|23. (See #17) Qualifications Of A Good Interpreter|
|24. (See #17) The Tools Of A Good Interpreter|
|25. (See #17) The Method Of A Good Interpreter|
|26. (See #17) The Practice Of A Good Interpreter|
|27. (See #17) Examples From The Book Of John|
|28. (See #17) Select Bibliography for "How to Study the Bible"|
|30. Studying the Scriptures, Kenneth Boa (PTSM, 5)|
|31. Interpreting the Bible, Kenneth Boa (PTSM, 5)|
|32. Baptism A Flood of Confusion (PTSM, 6)|
|33. Communion: There’s More to Prepare Than the Meal, Jeff Miller (PTSM, 7)|
|34. Communion and Christmas, Bob Deffinbaugh (PTSM, 7)|
|35. A Feeding Frenzy (1 Corinthians 11:17-34), Bob Deffinbaugh (PTSM, 7)|
|36. The Lord’s Supper and the Competing Agendas of Luke 22, Hampton Keathley, III (PTSM, 7)|
|37. [Basics of Christian Faith 7] The Church, Vickie Kraft (PTSM, 8)|
|38. Introduction to the New Testament Church, Bob Deffinbaugh (PTSM, 8)|
|39. Ecclesiology: The Church, Greg Herrick (PTSM, 8)|
|40. Sanctification, Sex, and Love (1 Thessalonians 4:1-12), Bob Deffinbaugh (PTSM, 9)|
|41. Flames of Desire (Matthew 5:27-30), Chip Bell (PTSM, 9)|
|42. Sex and the Spiritual Christian (1 Cor. 7:1-7), Bob Deffinbaugh (PTSM, 9)|
|43. Evangelize or Fossilize, Alex Strauch (PTSM, 10)|
|44. Mastering A Plan for Formal Time Together—Evangelism, Greg Herrick (PTSM, 10)|
|45. Readings on Discipleship (Session 1), Emery Nester (PTSM, 10)|
|46. The Six Main Points of the Gospel (Session 2), Emery Nester (PTSM, 10)|
|47. The Bridge (Session 3), Emery Nester (PTSM, 10)|
|48. Process of Discipleship, Miles Stanford (PTSM, 11)|
|49. Jesus Christ Disciple Maker @ twenty, Bill Hull (PTSM, 11)|
|50. Discipleship Overview, Hampton Keathley, IV (PTSM, 11)|
|51. The Gifts of the Spirit, Kenneth Boa (PTSM, 12)|
|52. The Stewardship of Talents, Hampton Keathley, III (PTSM, 12)|
|53. The Pursuit of Christian Character (2 Peter 1:5-7), Bob Deffinbaugh (PTSM, 12)|
|54. Mastering A Plan for Formal Time Together—Serving and Spiritual Giftedness, Greg Herrick (PTSM, 12)|
|55. Financial Faithfulness, Hampton Keathley, III (PTSM, 13)|
|56. Stewards, Not Owners, Sid Litke (PTSM, 13)|
|57. Mastering A Plan for Formal Time Together—Giving, Greg Herrick (PTSM, 13)|
|58. The Chronological Story of God: Beginning Devotional - 12 Stories, Kurt Jarvis|
|59. Why Christians Suffer, Hampton Keathley, III (Popular article)|
|60. How Many Books Are in the Bible? Erwin W. Lutzer (one chapter of a book, popular article)|
|61. The Qualities of a Godly Mate, Bob Deffinbaugh (Popular article, from Proverbs series)|
|62. Speaking in Tongues, Lehman Strauss (Popular article)|
|63. Spiritual Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-20), Bob Deffinbaugh (Popular article, from Ephesians series)|
|64. Waiting on the Lord, Hampton Keathley, III (Popular Article)|
|65. What the Bible Says About Hell, Sid Litke (Popular Article)|
|66. Homosexuality: Questions and Answers, Sue Bohlin (Popular Article)|
|67. The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-28), Bob Deffinbaugh (Popular Article)|
Bible and Doctrine Overviews
|68. Concise Old Testament Survey, By: J. Hampton Keathley, III (7 articles) First Article: Introduction to Old Testament Survey|
|69. (See #68) Comparing the Old and New Testaments|
|70. (See #68) The Law: The First Five Books|
|71. (See #68) The Historical Books|
|72. (See #68) The Poetical Books|
|73. (See #68) The Major Prophets|
|74. (See #68) The Minor Prophets|
|75. Concise New Testament Survey, By: J. Hampton Keathley, III (6 articles) First Article: Introduction to Concise New Testament Survey|
|76. (See #75) Introduction to the New Testament|
|77. (See #75) The Historical Books of the New Testament|
|78. (See #75) The Pauline Epistles|
|79. (See #75) The Non-Pauline Epistles|
|80. (See #75) The Prophetic Book of the New Testament|
|81. Fundamentals of the Faith, Bob Deffinbaugh (Doctrinal, 11 articles, 2 not manuscripted) First Article: Preface to Fundamentals of the Faith|
|82. (See #81) The Helplessness of Humanity|
|83. (See #81) A Hell to Shun|
|84. (See #81) Heaven to Seek (Revelation 21:1-22:5)|
|85. (See #81) The Doctrine of Salvation (John 3:1-21)|
|86. (See #81) The Security of the Saints (Exodus 32:1-14)|
|87. (See #81) The Grace of God, Part I (Ephesians 1:5-12; 2:1-10)|
|88. (See #81) The Grace of God, Part II (Romans 6:12-14; 7:1-25)|
|89. (See #81) The Grace of God, Part III (Romans 12:1-21)|
|90. What in the World is Going On? Bob Deffinbaugh (13 articles) First Article: Preface to God's Plan|
|91. (See #90) The Author and Perfecter of the Plan|
|92. (see #90) God's Perfect Plan|
|93. (see #90) Satan's Part in God's Perfect Plan|
|94. (see #90) Nature's Part in God's Perfect Plan (Psalm 19; Romans 8:18-25; Isaiah 65:17-25)|
|95. (see #90) The Fall of Man in God's Perfect Plan|
|96. (see #90) The Place of Blessing in God's Perfect Plan|
|97. (see #90) The Promised Seed: The Source of Blessing in God's Perfect Plan|
|98. (see #90) The Promised Blessings and Their Fulfillment in God's Perfect Plan|
|99. (see #90) The People of God in God's Perfect Plan|
|100. (see #90) The Place of the Lost in the Perfect Plan of God|
|101. (see #90) God's Plan for the Future|
|102. (see #90) God's Plan for the Present: Its Impact on Our Perspect and Our Plans|
|103. Exploring the Riches of the Book of Romans (Romans 1-16), Bob Deffinbaugh (Part 1: short series on the book of Romans, good for expositional overview and understanding a very important book)|
|104. Rightesouness: It’s Not What You Know or Who You Are (Romans 1:1-3:26), Bob Deffinbaugh (Part 2: Short series on the book of Romans)|
|105. The Basis and the Benefits of Justification (Romans 3:27-5:21), Bob Deffinbaugh (Part 3: Short series on the book of Romans)|
|106. The Responsibilities of Justification: The Agony and the Ecstasy (Romans 6:1-8:39), Bob Deffinbaugh (Part 4: Short series on the book of Romans)|
|107. The Righteousness of God in History: How God Can Use Sin Without Excusing It (Romans 9-11), Bob Deffinbaugh (Part 5: Short series on the book of Romans)|
|108. The Outworking of God’s Righteousness (Romans 12-16), Bob Deffinbaugh (Part 6: Short series on the book of Romans)|
*PTSM # = Path to Spiritual Maturity + step number
Translating can be a tough job. Correctly understanding what is being originally said is crucial to being able to translate it accurately into the second language. When dealing with the Bible and theological studies words are often used that are not words used in everyday activity. To help you with this here are a few links to online dictionaries and resources that may be of help should you need some clarification. (See Below)
Bible.org’s Dictionary database, 6 dictionaries accessible through one search function.
Dictionary of Theology, a database being put together by the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry.
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, an old but good dictionary that took into account English theological definitions quite well.
Oxford Dictionaries, a good general English dictionary.
Dictionary.com, another helpful online dictionary.
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Q12- How do I translate the footnotes?
* Go to http://bible.org/language and download the formatting guidelines.
* We want God’s Plan of Salvation translated into every language. Check to see if this article needs to be translated in your language. To check on the article’s translation status go to http://bible.org/list_of_translations_table and a list of translations page will appear. Under show/hide click hide all this will clear the template. Next place a check mark in your language. Then click on the column with your language name and the table will sort all of the articles translated in your language. If a number appears in blue that means the article has been translated, if a number appears in red that means the article is in the process of being translated. If you do not see a number that means that this article that has not been translated yet. You can also check at the bottom of any specific article to see if any links to translation articles are available.
* You have the freedom to translate any article that you would like. However, we do have a list of articles we would like to see translated.
* Please send us an email letting us know what article you will be translating. To contact Bible.org click http://bible.org/contact?category=Translations. After you have filled out the form, click send email at the bottom of the page.
* Find the study you want to translate and then send an email telling us of your intention. This will help us make sure nobody else is already working on that study in your language.
* Download the Word document (the link to the doc file is located at the top of the study)
* Try to follow our paragraph styles as you translate. This means that you assign a Heading 1 or Heading 2 or Body Text or Quote paragraph styles to those paragraphs that we assigned those styles to. You will not be able to just start a new document in Word and have all those styles we use available to you, so you might try deleting all the text in our document and saving the empty document with a new name. Then you can start your translation in that new empty document and assigning styles because all the styles we use will still be in that empty document.
* Email us the new translation and we will convert it to HTML.
* Click on http://bible.org/article/translation-formatting-guidelines then click on the download word document to download the guidelines.
Footnotes are an important part of many articles, and need careful attention.
* If a footnote is simply an explanatory note related to the text then translate it fully.
* However, if it is the bibliography information for a book or article it may be left untranslated to accurately show the resource and page number that was originally referenced. If a translated version of the work is known then that translated name may be put in parenthesis after the original language version. This will aid readers in locating a copy in their own language. A quick search on the internet often will uncover if such a translation is available. Doing such a quick search would be preferred, but there is no need for exhaustive efforts to locate translated versions.
* Lastly, if a footnote is a mixture of bibliography information and explanatory note be sure to translate the note portion.