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Read the New Testament in, not merely another English translation but, an entirely different culture and context.
The First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament presents the gospel to you as if its translation came from a Native American tribe, hundreds of years in the past. This intriguing retelling of every book within the New Testament does so as a dynamic equivalence translation; primarily similar to many other English translations of the same type, but different within the space of the Native American culture. A compelling shift in the cultural language allows access into a world that many people do not know and, as such, delivers an insightful and a truly new experience of Christ while retaining the fundamental values of Christianity.
Books of the New Testament Reimagined:
|Title: First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament, Softcover|
By: Terry M. Wildman
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
|Weight: 15 ounces|
Text Color: Black Letter
Stock No: WW813503
Publishers Weekly starred review
Academy of Parish Clergy Reference Book of the Year
IVP Readers' Choice Award
A New Testament in English by Native North Americans for Native North Americans and All English-Speaking Peoples
Many First Nations tribes communicate with the cultural and linguistic thought patterns found in their original tongues. The First Nations Version (FNV) recounts the Creator's Storythe Christian Scripturesfollowing the tradition of Native storytellers' oral cultures. This way of speaking, with its simple yet profound beauty and rich cultural idioms, still resonates in the hearts of First Nations people.
The FNV is a dynamic equivalence translation of the New Testament that captures the simplicity, clarity, and beauty of Native storytellers in English, while remaining faithful to the original language of the Bible. The culmination of a rigorous five-year translation process, this new Bible translation is a collaboration between organizations like OneBook and Wycliffe Associates, Indigenous North Americans from over twenty-five different tribes, and a translation council that consisted of twelve Native North American elders, pastors, young adults, and men and women from different tribes and diverse geographic locations. Whether you are Native or not, you will experience the Scriptures in a fresh and new way.
Read these sample passages to get a taste of what you'll find inside:
"The Great Spirit loves this world of human beings so deeply he gave us his Sonthe only Son who fully represents him. All who trust in him and his way will not come to a bad end, but will have the life of the world to come that never fadesfull of beauty and harmony. Creator did not send his Son to decide against the people of this world, but to set them free from the worthless ways of the world." John 3:16-17
"Love is patient and kind. Love is never jealous. It does not brag or boast. It is not puffed up or big-headed. Love does not act in shameful ways, nor does it care only about itself. It is not hot-headed, nor does it keep track of wrongs done to it. Love is not happy with lies and injustice, but truth makes its heart glad. Love keeps walking even when carrying a heavy load. Love keeps trusting, never loses hope, and stands firm in hard times. The road of love has no end." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Terry M. Wildman (Ojibwe and Yaqui) is the lead translator, general editor, and project manager of the First Nations Version. He serves as the director of spiritual growth and leadership development for Native InterVarsity. He is also the founder of Rain Ministries and has previously served as a pastor and worship leader. He and his wife, Darlene, live in Arizona.
The First Nations Version (FNV) Translation Council consists of twelve First Nations individuals representing a cross-section of Native North Americanselders, pastors, young adults, and men and women from differing tribes and diverse geographic locations. This council also represents a diversity of church and denominational traditions to minimize bias. The council determined the style and method of translation to be used and continues to be involved in ongoing translation, review, and cultural consultation. The FNV is a dynamic equivalence translation produced in partnership with Rain Ministries and OneBook Canada, with help from Wycliffe Associates.
"While Wildman recasts the New Testament in a distinctly Indigenous image, he remains faithful to evangelical interpretations of Christian scripture, typified in the many italicized explanations that appear throughout and are meant to add 'reasonably implied' clarifications and cultural notes, such as explication on ancient festivals like the Pentecost. This remarkable retelling offers plenty of rewards and will especially pique those open to a novel interpretation of the religious text."-- Publishers Weekly starred review, August 2021
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