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Translation Treasure

  • April 22, 2016

During a recent translation workshop in Cameroon, the team of translators discussed what it meant to store something in your heart.

At the end of Luke 2, the gospel writer tells us that Mary “stored all these things in her heart.” The understood meaning is that Mary treasured certain things in her heart; she remembered them and kept them in her heart and memory.

But for the local-language speakers attending the workshop, the idea of storing something in one’s heart carried a different meaning — holding a grudge. For the translators, the challenge was to find a natural way to express in the heart language what exactly Mary was storing in her heart. Pray for these Cameroonian translators drafting Luke as they seek to correctly understand Scripture before clearly communicating it for their communities!