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Gathering Interest

Overview

The UBS Handbook Series provides detailed commentaries with valuable exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information on the books of the Bible. They are prepared primarily to assist Bible translators as they carry out the important task of putting God’s Word into the many languages spoken in the world today. The text is discussed verse by verse and is accompanied by running text in at least one modern English translation.

Over the years church leaders and Bible readers have found the UBS Handbooks to be useful for their own study of the Scriptures. Many of the issues Bible translators must address when trying to communicate the Bible’s message to modern readers are the ones Bible students must address when approaching the Bible text as part of their own private study and devotions.

The Handbooks will continue to be prepared primarily for translators, but we are confident that they will be useful to a wider audience, helping all who use them to gain a better understanding of the Bible’s message.

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The rest of the UBS Handbook Series is also available: UBS Handbook Series Old & New Testament Collection

Key Features

  • Provides verse by verse commentary on Scripture
  • Communicates the text to modern readers
  • Analyzes each book’s exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic elements

Product Details

Individual Titles

A Handbook on Numbers

  • Author: Lénart J. de Regt and Ernst R. Wendland
  • Series: UBS Handbooks Series
  • Publisher: United Bible Society
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 849

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

A Handbook on Numbers is part of the UBS Handbook Series. This is a series of “Helps for Translators” that present each book of the Bible from the unique perspective of Bible translators. This Handbook provides information about the book of Numbers that is especially important in helping translators and students of the Bible understand this book as it has come to us.

Lénart J. de Regt is a UBS Global Translation Advisor, with special responsibility for translation projects and workshops in languages of Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation. He holds a doctorate in Hebrew Linguistics from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and is the (co-)author of several books. A former lecturer in Linguistics and Bible Translation at the VU University of Amsterdam, he is still a regular dissertation examiner in Hebrew Linguistics there. He has served as UBS Translation Consultant and Translations Coordinator for Europe and the Middle East.

Ernst R. Wendland (PhD African Languages & Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an instructor at Lusaka Lutheran Seminary and a dissertation examiner in Zambian languages at the University of Zambia. A former UBS Translation Consultant, he still serves as Professor Extraordinary in the Centre for Bible Interpretation and Translation in Africa, Department of Ancient Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

A Handbook on 1-2 Chronicles, Volumes 1-2

  • Author: Roger L. Omanson and John E. Ellington
  • Series: UBS Handbooks Series
  • Publisher: United Bible Society
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 1,477

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

A Handbook on 1-2 Chronicles is part of the UBS Handbook Series. This is a series of “Helps for Translators” that present each book of the Bible from the unique perspective of Bible translators. The authors of this Handbook provide a brief historical background to the two books and the world that the books represent. They offer an outline of 1-2 Chronicles that views them as a single document that is presented as two separate books in our Bibles today. The authors discuss the features of the books that the translator needs to be aware of in approaching the task of translation. Textual, exegetical, cultural and linguistic information is provided, and suggestions are made for choices that translators will need to make.

Roger L. Omanson is a UBS translation consultant and the UBS consultant for Scholarly Editions. He has coauthored Handbooks on 1–2 Samuel, Esther, and 2 Corinthians, and is the author of A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament.

John E. Ellington is a linguist specializing in African languages. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Dr. Ellington was a missionary to Congo/Zaire and served as a coordinator and exegete for the Lingala New Testament project. He served as a UBS translation consultant in Francophone Central Africa for over three decades. He has coauthored Handbooks on Leviticus, 1–2 Samuel, Daniel, and 2 Corinthians. He is semi-retired and currently teaching at Montreat College in North Carolina.

A Handbook on Isaiah, Volumes 1-2

  • Author: Roger L. Omanson and John E. Ellington
  • Series: UBS Handbooks Series
  • Publisher: United Bible Society
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 1,901

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

A Handbook on Isaiah, Volumes 1-2 concentrates on exegetical, linguistic, and cultural problems related to the translation Isaiah. Though the authors only address issues directly related to translation, many church leaders and interested Bible readers have found these Handbooks useful and informative, and we hope this volume will be no exception. The format of A Handbook on Isaiah follows the general pattern of earlier volumes in the series. The Revised Standard Version (RSV) and the Good News Bible (GNB) texts are presented in parallel columns, first in larger segments that will make possible an overview of each section of discourse, and then in bold print, normally verse by verse, followed by detailed comments and discussion.

Graham S. Ogden served as the professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Taiwan Theological College for seven years. He was then appointed as a translation consultant with the United Bible Societies in Taiwan. He is the coauthor of Joel & Malachi: A Promise of Hope—A Call to Obedience in the International Theological Commentary series.

Jan Sterk is a Flemish Belgian who has lived and worked almost his whole life in Africa, especially in Nigeria, Congo, and Kenya. After his doctoral studies in African linguistics (1977), he joined UBS as a translation consultant. For 22 years he supervised Bible translation projects in a great number of African languages. Since his retirement, he has adapted the UBS Handbook on Hebrews into French.

A Handbook on 1-2 Maccabees

  • Author: Roger A. Bullard and Howard A. Hatton
  • Series: UBS Handbooks Series
  • Publisher: United Bible Society
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 1,085

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

A Handbook on 1-2 Maccabees concentrates on exegetical, linguistic, and cultural problems related to the translation of 1-2 Maccabees. Some may find it surprising that we do not use the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) as the base for discussion. The reader should keep in mind that the Handbook attempts to explain the ancient Greek text to translators who have not learned that language. Since NRSV has succeeded in rendering the message of the ancient text in a form more easily understood by today’s reader, it reveals less correspondence with the form and shape of the ancient text than RSV does. This emphasis on formal correspondence rather than on communicative accuracy, makes the RSV a more useful point of discussion and comparison than the NRSV.

Roger A. Bullard, PhD, Vanderbilt University, a UBS translation consultant, was a professor of religion at Barton College in Wilson, NC. From 1967 to 1979 he served on the Translation Committee for the Good News Bible assisting with the translation of the Old Testament and Deuterocanon. With Howard Hatton he has co-authored Handbooks on Tobit and Judith, The Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, and the Shorter Books of the Deuterocanon

Howard A. Hatton, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, is a retired UBS translation consultant. Beginning in the early 1970s he coordinated translation projects in 29 languages spoken in Southeast Asia and Micronesia. In addition, he has co-authored twelve UBS Handbooks as a linguist.