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St. Jerome (347-419) priest and doctor, patron of Scripture scholars, librarians, libraries, translators, students, archeologists, archivists:

"While Jerome was an accomplished and careful translator, he was not a dogmatic one. He translated idiom for idiom, and not always word for word. For example, he produced at least three translations of the psalms in his attempt to capture and illuminate these prayers of the Church. Jerome believed that a good translator will give the new language equal weight with the original and will try to make the translation equivalent to the original not just in meaning but also in quality of style. Any translation should reflect the new language used at its best-this Jerome learned from Cicero. The principle that Jerome used as he translated was not "word for word" but "sense for sense." Today the type of translation that Jerome favored is called "dynamic equivalence" and is found, for example, in The Liturgical Psalter sponsored by the International Committee on English in the Liturgy and published by Liturgical Training Publications of Chicago." More by Leslie J. Hoppe OFM


Missions

Society of Divine Word, an international Roman Catholic missionary congregation of priests and brothers counting among its 6000 members, men from 62 different countries.

Christian Missions is an interdenominational resourceful website for missions.

• The basic ministry of BBTI is to train missionaries in linguistics.

International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention is a Baptist site providing useful links to various mission portals.

Wycliff Bible Translations

American Bible Society / Sociedad Biblica Americana

International Ministries

Holy See News Services releases daily news in Spanish, French and Englis. Vatican radio and TV broadcast in several languages

Taize, an ecumenical international community of brothers located in central France, holds weekly international young adult meetings year round, a special need for translators and interpreters arises during Taize yearly European Youth Meetings organized in Dec-Jan in diferent European cities.


Local churches

• Contact your local minister for specific needs in your area: interpreting the pastor's homilies, Bible studies and counseling meetings. For example, the majority of Hispanic population is Roman Catholic or Pentecostal. Call the nearest Catholic parish or check out the diocesan website.



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