3 Study Papers HARARE CONFERENCE I 4 Workshop 1 Moderator: JOHN. S POBEE Bible and Human Transformation The Bible, originally the religious books of Jews and Christians, is today the most visible and most widely read piece of literature. In the English-speaking world, there is great familiarity with the Authorized Version or the King James Version (1611), the Revised Version (1881), to which today we add the Revised Standard Version, New English=Bible, New International Bible, etc. The Authorized Version itself is predated by other English translations: Wycliffe (1382, 1388), W. Tyndale (sixteenth century), Coverdale (1539), Cranmer's Bible (1539), not to mention bits and pieces translated in the ninth century A.D. People often think the English Bible descended from heaven. Two things may be said at this stage. First, the Bible is read in more languages than any other book in the world. Some of the outstanding translations include Ulfila's translation into Gothic in the fourth century A.D., Luther's (1483-1546) German translation (1534), the German Zurich Bible (1530). For centuries then, the Bible has appeared in many languages so that its contents may be understood in the mother tongue or at least a language "understanded by the people" (if
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