Episode 97: Incarnation Reflections | Christmas with Lutheran Bible Translators

December 22, 2023

For this special holiday episode, join us for a reflective study on the power and promise given to us through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Cozy up and dive into an in-depth conversation of how the complexities of Jesus’s incarnation are represented throughout different languages and translations.

Grab your favorite Bible translation and follow along as co-hosts Dr. Rich Rudowske and Emily Wilson lead you through different verses of the Bible. Did you know? In John 1:14 the Greek translation expresses how Jesus “tabernacled” among us, meaning he moves around and makes a home with us as our Savior on earth. Hear what the ancient translations say and get a side-by-side comparison with some of the newer English translations such as the New Living Translation.

In this episode, you’ll also get to learn more about the complexities that go into translating the bible. Rich provides firsthand insight into translating the book of Luke into the Shekgalagari language. The completion of this translation helped to solidify our close, personal relationship we have with Jesus for Shekgalagari speakers, and helped to explain how the gift of the incarnation is for all people.

See below for an example of a bible verse in two different translations:

But the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” Luke 2:10 NLT

Moengele a ba raya a re: “She tjhoge, bona, ke le jhwela mahogka owa a molemo, owa a da go ityumerisa batyho bothe.” Luke 2:10 Shekgalagari

For an informative study that will uplift and inspire you during the season of Christmas, tune in and experience the good news that continues to bring great joy.

Learn more about the Shekgalagari Bible Translation below: