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Study the Bible like a Wycliffe Bible translator

What can we learn from Bible translators about studying the Bible? When Peter* first begins translating a new book of the Bible into his own language, he doesn’t just dive in. He works hard to understand the passage thoroughly in order to produce a clear, accurate and natural-sounding translation. When we visited him and his colleagues in Southeast Asia, he pulled out a fat scrapbook full of his notes, diagrams and illustrations.

The Bible in action Bryony Lines
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Kaiw√° Bible translator Salvador Sanches, from Brazil, in front of his house. In the background are the reference books that he uses. | photo: Elyse Patten

Here are a few of the ways Peter studies the Bible – and a few ideas for applying it to our own Bible reading.