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Ayadome Kokou from Togo

“The Sabbaths celebrations taught us a lot about biblical principles…” IMPRESSIONS OF THE FIRST MONTH All the glory to God who allowed us to take part in the five-months training here at Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators (JCBT) this year 2019. We arrived to Israel on January 22, 2019 and were greeted by one of the volunteers who promptly led …

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JCBT End of the Summer Update.

“To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth” Dear friends, supporters, and colleagues!Greetings from the Jerusalem Center for Bible Translators! “ …you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,and in all Judea and Samaria,and to the uttermost parts of the earth”(Acts 1:9). This is the call and vision of JCBT as we are approaching the 25th year of our service to peoplein …

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Studying the "Land of the Bible" in Portuguese.

On September 3rd, a group of 26 Bible Translators arrived in Israel for an intensive two-week study course here at JCBT. The students are all Portuguese-speaking translators and consultants coming from Angola and Mozambique. Lead by UBS consultants Riikka Halme-Berneking and Dinis Ezequiel along with Moshico Garcia a Portuguese-speaking guide, and coordinated with lectures from JCBT staff, they will spend …

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Registration to 2020 JCBT English Semester Program is now closed

Registration now Closed Registration is now closed for the  2020 Spring Semester Program. Translators, consultants, and consultants-in-training have applied and are preparing to take JCBT Hebrew Entrance Test (scheduled for September 20). The program is scheduled to start on February 1st with the Hebrew Ulpan (The ulpan is designed to teach the basic skills of Hebrew conversation, writing, and comprehension). Notifications of admission …

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Last Call for Applicants for 2020 Semester Program

This is the last week of registration for the 2020 Spring Semester Program. Translators, consultants, and consultants-in-training are invited to apply. The goal of this program is to enable translators and consultants to produce a quality translation of the Hebrew Bible with semantic awareness of both nuances of the source text as well as a natural rendering into the target …

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A home in Israel for Bible translators from Africa

JCBT had a large spread in a Norwegian newspaper featuring the translators from Semester 2019. The following is the English translation of the original segment. By Vidar Norberg In Judea’s mountains, just outside Jerusalem, is the home for Bible Translators. There, they learn the Hebrew languages, Biblical geography, poetry, and culture so that they could translate the Bible in African …

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Biblical Hebrew Summer Course

By Brian (Baruch) Kvasnica. In early August, six exceptional students joined us for a unique and challenging intensive Hebrew study course; a course has been offered by JCBT each August since 2017.  All of the students are experienced Bible Translation consultants that have worked mostly on New Testament translations. Their consulting work is in Madagascar, various areas of Asia, and Francophone Africa. …

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JCBT 2019 Summer Update

 First Fruits of Summer 2019 1. Semester Program – Semester Graduation! Mother-tongue translators from eight French-speaking countries in West Africa graduated June 25 from our Hebrew-intensive semester program, with a new understanding of the Bible’s natural context. – A first! Our students learned how to render mother-tongue translations of Biblical poetry in melodies that are true to each translator’s culture, taught by an …

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Et hjem i Israel for bibeloversettere fra Afrika

Av Vidar Norberg På Judeas fjell, like utenfor Jerusalem, ligger et hjem for bibeloversettere. Der lærer de hebraisk språk, bibelsk geografi, poesi og kultur for å oversette Bibelen i afrikanske land. –Det er rundt 400 språk bare i Nigeria og 70 språk i Togo i Afrika som trenger oversettelse av Tanach, Det gamle testamente, sier lederen, den norskættede Halvor Ronning …