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The Word Became Understood: Socio-cultural Factors in Bible Translation

January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Dr. John Watters, Bible translator and former President of SIL International, for lunch on January 24th from 12-1 pm.  York Room (Gray 229) in the Divinity School.

Linguist Dr. Watters and his wife Kathy spent several years translating the Bible as they lived among the Ejagham people of Cameroon and Nigeria. During this time and in his extensive travels working with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International, Dr. Watters discovered the many factors that help determine how a community receives and participates in the development of its language in a written form. During his talk at Duke, Dr. Watter’s will discuss his experience among the Ejagham people and how a community’s social cohesion, openness to change, and leadership demographics shape the process of Bible translation.

Bio: Dr. John Watters holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA, was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Cameroon. More recently he served for a decade as the Africa Area Director for Wycliffe International and SIL International from 1989 to 1999, after which he served as the International Executive Director of SIL International and Wycliffe International from 2000 to 2007. He followed that role with service as President and Chair of SIL International Board of Directors (2008-2016). He now assists the new International Executive Director of SIL International as Senior Advisor.

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January 24
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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York Room (Divinity School, Gray 229)