Notes

“The church would be unrecognizable or unsustainable without translation”

Christianity is a translated religion without a revealed language. The issue is not whether Christians translated their Scripture well or willingly, but that without translation there would be no Christianity or Christians. Translation is the church’s birthmark as well as its missionary benchmark: the church would be unrecognizable or unsustainable without it.

—Lamin Sanneh, Whose Religion Is Christianity? (p. 97), as quoted by David Frank in “Reflections on the nature of Bible Translation”.