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Friday, April 03, 2009

Bible 21- first post, and lil nudge....

Ok ya all, here is a bit of the inside scoop..... and i'll post more details later...... but.........................
next weekend...... you know, Rez weekend..................
in the Czech Republic, ---------- the Bible will be read on national radio..... for like .......... ummmmmmmmmm
First Time! One of our dearest is Sasha Flek has worked 16 years on this project to get the literal Word out-
When i say Worked........ like in Translating ...... (bless him........ eeeeesh! what a task) - to get the Bible in Common Language Czech! That is the tid bits........ but here is a copy and paste - news post on it!..... yeah, i'll get the techno stuff on the link stuff later..... but here is the Juice!--------------- i'm sure those Google savvvvvvvvvy....... will find all the links and such....... but this is just tap tap tapping S.O.S version on it.... dot. dot. dash ......... dash. xo cat

Modern Czech translation of the Bible appears after 17 years of work

[02-04-2009 13:42 UTC] By Jan Richter
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A new translation of the Bible into modern-day Czech hit the bookshelves on Wednesday. The New Testament was actually published a decade ago, though only now have translators managed to complete the Old Testament. Alexandr Flek, the head of the team behind “The Bible – a 21st Century Translation”, explains why the new Czech translation of the Bible has been created.
Photo: CTK “We belong to a generation of people who were not raised in the Christian faith, and we are not very familiar with the language of the existing Bible translations that were quite archaic. The only available translations were the beautiful Bible Kralick√°, or the Bible of Kralice, from 1613, which is very much like the English King James Version – beautiful, very lusty language, very precise translation, but its language was of course very incomprehensible, as it was 400 years old. The only other alternative was the Czech ecumenical translation which came into existence in the 1970s. This translation is more understandable but for today’s people, it’s still difficult to understand, especially now, 20 years later, when for example my children had a very difficult time reading the children’s bible based on this translation. So this is why we started to work on a new translation 17 years ago.”
Alexandr Flek, photo: CTKThat’s quite some time. What are the major concerns when translating a text such as the Bible?
“The two concerns with every new Bible translation are accuracy and readability, or communicativeness. So we are of course building on the existing translations; we are especially inspired by the Bible of Kralice which is beautiful in its literary approach. At the same time, of course, there are quite a few changes, especially in the Old Testament where we drew on the latest findings in the field of Biblical studies.”
What kind of reactions have you had from the readers, and especially from the Catholic Church? Do they like the new translation?
“Well, we first published the New Testament in our translation ten years ago and it became quite popular. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and there are about 100,000 copies of the New Testament in circulation, so the reception in fact exceeded our expectations. When it comes to the complete Bible, it was just published yesterday but we have already had some very positive reviews from a whole range of Czech churches and various universities and seminaries, including Catholic and Protestant. And we also got some warm responses from the Jewish Community in Prague as well.”

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:34 AM

    I am really sorry but hardy believe to read such nonsense like above….. there is no Bible (except Kralice or Bible21)
    Some very short information – can be proved anytime…
    1. Czech Ecumenical Translation – printed by Czech Bible Society. 800 thousand copies distributed so far at least. Last revision 2002, widely used by ALL churches in Czech Republic. 2008 – special edition for Czech Army [about 7 thousand], NT for prisoners. Just last month 20 thousand Special NT edition printed for Apostolic Church “New Generation Program”. Thousands of Bibles/NT/portions distributed every month to churches and mission organizations.
    2. Slovo na cestu – by International Bible society. Bible text included into Life Application Bible – printed in separate books.
    3. Czech Study Bible – new translation released some weeks ago….
    4 Czech Catholic translation …
    5. Jerusalem Bible ….
    etc… etc….