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Mobile Ed: BI182 God’s Word as Translation (2 hour course)


In God’s Word as Translation, linguist and Bible translator Dr. Doug Trick discusses the process of translating Scripture. He examines some common assumptions regarding what makes a “good” Bible translation, and he addresses the notion of literalness, exploring whether the idea of a “literal” translation of any language is a valid concept. The course surveys the philosophy of language and then discusses the implications for Bible translation. Dr. Trick concludes the course by providing an overview of what God is doing through the body of Christ in bringing his word to all peoples around the world.

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Problems with Literalness

  • Usual and Primary Meaning
  • Semantic Shift and Underdeterminacy
  • Cultural Ways of Thinking and Conduit Metaphor

Unit 2: Sources for the Notion of Literal Meaning

  • Sources That Make Us Take Literalness for Granted: Part 1
  • Sources That Make Us Take Literalness for Granted: Part 2
  • Sources That Make Us Take Literalness for Granted: Part 3
  • Sources That Make Us Take Literalness for Granted: Part 4

Unit 3: Better Ways to Understand the Nature of Meaning and Communication

  • A Replacement to the Conduit Metaphor
  • From Reality to Experience: A Multistage Model of Communication
  • Application of the Multistage Model of Communication

Unit 4: Implications for Bible Translation Theory and Practice

  • Criteria and Purposes
  • Clarity, Accuracy, and Naturalness
  • Transparency

Unit 5: What Is God Doing through the Body of Christ in Bringing His Word to All Peoples?

  • Historical Overview and Current Snapshot
  • Current Missiological Issues: Needs Assessment and Outsiders and Insiders
  • Current Missiological Issues: Partnership and Accountability


  • Conclusion to the Course: Three Ways to Respond

Product Details

  • Title: BI182 God’s Word as Translation
  • Instructor: Doug Trick
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 2
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Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.