William Dean and the First Chinese Study Bible (James N. Griffith Endowed Series in Baptist Studies)
By: Chung-Yan Joyce Chan (author)Paperback
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This book examines a significant, yet much overlooked Chinese Bible translation project produced by William Dean (1807-1895), an American Baptist missionary to the Chinese people in Siam and China. Decades prior to the Union Version, Dean was convinced that sound translation alone was inadequate for cross-cultural audiences who were unfamiliar with the Christian religion to gain a correct reading of the Scripture. Dean provided extensive commentary to his Bible translation despite the potential of "violating" Bible production principles set by the Bible societies. Dean's particular word choices reflect his effort to contextualise the Christian message culturally and socio-politically, and to establish the Bible as an authoritative text in the Chinese intellectual tradition. This study utilises extensive primary sources in both the English and Chinese language from the American Baptist Historical Society Archives and the Bible Society Library at the Cambridge University Library.
Chung-Yan Joyce Chan is currently associate professor of Church History, the director of the North American Chinese Church Ministry Program at Carey Theological College, and the codirector for the Centre for Worship Studies at the Carey Institute. She received an MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in Church History at Baylor University. Chan has a variety of teaching experiences at seminary and local church levels, and in overseas as well as Canadian contexts. Her most recent publication is entitled Rediscover The Fading Memories: Early Chinese Canadian Christian History (2013).
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