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Gordon-Conwell Offers Doctor of Ministry Degree in Bible Translation

May 24, 2009

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is introducing a new Bible Translation track to its Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program beginning in May 2010.

This degree program is a professional doctorate designed for translation consultants/project coordinators. Primarily a distance-based program, it requires three two-week residencies,  study and research completed between each residency, and a final, ministry-based D.Min. thesis project.

The Bible Translation track has been developed in partnership with The Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship, a premiere research entity for translation work associated with the American Bible Society. The second year two-week residency of the program will take place in conjunction with the Institute’s Nida School for Translation Studies in Misano, Italy.

Commenting on the new doctoral degree program, Philip H. Towner, Ph.D., Dean of The Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship, notes, “One of the biggest challenges in the Bible translation mission comes in providing the training—at the highest possible level—that will ensure translators and translation consultants are equipped to accomplish the variety of tasks they are called on to perform. Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary’s new D. Min. in Bible Translation, under very qualified leadership and constructed around some strategic partnerships, promises to contribute significantly towards meeting this need.”??The co-mentors of the program are Dr. Bryan L. Harmelink, International Translation Coordinator for SIL International, and Dr. Roy Ciampa, Associate Professor of New Testament and Chair of the Biblical Studies Division at Gordon-Conwell. Dr. Ciampa has been actively involved in helping the Portuguese Bible Society with the revision of its contemporary Portuguese translation of the Bible.

Students in the Bible Translation track will benefit from significant engagement with the faculty and teaching staff of the Nida School, as well as the track co-mentors and other faculty of Gordon-Conwell. The goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to effectively deal with the complex challenges they face as they provide the Scriptures to the peoples of the world. 

According to Freddy Boswell, Executive Director of SIL International, and Roberto Laver, the Executive Director of the Forum of Bible Agencies International, “The Translation Development Group of the Forum of Bible Agencies International heartily endorses the new Doctor of Ministry program in Bible Translation at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. It fills a niche need that is not met in any other program of its kind: state-of-the-art instruction on technical aspects of several integrated academic fields of study plus practical and hands-on application in the real world of Bible translation. The students and faculty are both professionals in this field, and we look forward to seeing the global cause of Bible translation advance as a result of this degree program!”

More information about the program is available at the Gordon-Conwell Doctor of Ministry website. For admissions-related issues, please contact Peter Cooper, D.Min. Admissions Coordinator, at 978.646.4163.


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