Beginnings

The Diploma in Bible Translation training programme (DBT) evolved in the 1980s when a Zimbabwean team asked the Apostolic Faith Mission in South Africa for help to translate the Bible into their own language. Over the course of several years Greek scholar and founder of TWFTW, Véroni Krüger (DLitt), developed an interdisciplinary training programme which he and some others taught in a non-formal setting.

Formal Training (1988-1997)

From 1988 – 1997 the training was offered as a two year course in White River, South Africa; first at the Africa School of Missions and later at their own premises. Twenty two students who envisaged a cross-cultural ministry graduated with a Diploma of Bible Translation. When, however, only 6 of them became involved in Bible Translation, it was decided to relinquish training in South Africa and focus on training candidates from Bible-less groups in their respective countries.

Integrated DBT Training (1998-current)

Since 1998 we have offered the Diploma in Bible translation programme in an integrated manner of formal, non-formal and on-the-job training. We have held training events in the DR Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. Check out where and when we train aspiring translators from bible-less language coummunities this year by checking our training calendar.

Recognition

Recognition of the TWFTW’s Diploma in Bible Translation programme has been growing since 2004, when the distance education institution SATS (South African Theological Seminary) first recognised it as equivalent to 2 years of a 3-year BTh programme. For more details see here

Training Bible Translation Consultants

Since 2012 we are offering a MTh in Bible Translation Consultation through SATS. It follows the same practice-oriented approach as the DBT programme. Students can complete the bulk of the modules in the country where they live.


1981

October 26, 1981

TWFTW begins, in Pretoria, South Africa

1984-87

October 27, 2017

Non-formal training of trainee translators in Zimbabwe, curriculum development

1988-93

October 28, 2017

School of Bible Translation at Africa School of Missions, White River

1994-97

October 29, 2017

Institute of Bible Translation, White River

1998

October 30, 2017

First DBT training in Ethiopia and Zambia

2003

October 31, 2017

2003

Graduation in Ethiopia (20)

2003

November 1, 2017

First DBT training in Tanzania

2004

November 2, 2017

Curriculum Review. TWFTW’s Diploma in Bible Translation recognised as equivalent of 2 years of a BTh at the South African Theological Seminary (SATS).

2005

November 3, 2017

First DBT training in DR Congo and Eastern Europe

2008

November 4, 2017

2008

Graduation in Tanzania (17)

2009

November 5, 2017

First DBT training in India

2010

November 6, 2017

2010

Graduations in Ethiopia (34) and Tanzania (17)

2012

November 7, 2017

MTh proposal in Bible Translation Consultation accepted by SATS

2013

November 9, 2017

2013

Graduation in Tanzania (20)

2014

November 11, 2017

2014

Graduation in India (35)

2014

November 12, 2017

Curriculum Review.  Articulation agreement between TWFTW and SATS renewed recognising TWFTW’s Diploma in Bible Translation as equivalent of 2 years of a BTh at SATS

2016

November 13, 2017

First DBT training in Myanmar

2016

November 15, 2017

2016

Graduations in India and Zambia (12)

2016

November 17, 2017

Diploma in Bible Translation accredited at Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong

2017

February 12, 2018

2017

Graduation in Tanzania (9)

2018

November 1, 2018

2018

Graduation in South Asia (20)

2018

November 24, 2018

2018

Graduation in Zambia (20)

2019

March 23, 2019

2019

Graduation in Northeast India (15)

2019

May 1, 2019

First DBT training in Nigeria