CIU Professor Weighs-In on Bible Translation Controversy

May 13, 2013

Translating the Bible into the languages of people in Muslim cultures has been a controversial endeavor, especially when it comes to explaining the familial relationship between the divine Son and His Father. New guidelines recommended by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) are designed to guide Wycliffe Bible Translators and others through the translation process without compromising the basics of the gospel message.   

Columbia International University Professor Emeritus Dr. Warren Larson says the biblical teaching that Jesus is also God is a concept that many Muslims find hard to accept. He says there is no way to avoid that teaching without losing the gospel message.

Larson, who served as a missionary in Pakistan for 23 years, is also the former director of the Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies at CIU. Read the article “Will New Guidelines Solve Wycliffe’s Two-Year Bible Translation Controversy?” in the online edition of “Christianity Today” magazine at:

Also, check out the Zwemer Center’s Frontline Conference at CIU scheduled for July 5-6, featuring missionaries who will share insights, strategies and testimonies from the field. This is a valuable opportunity for missionary candidates and local church leaders to learn effective methodologies and approaches from those actually engaged in reaching Muslims: