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Caskey Center for Biblical Text and Translation
What is the Center for Biblical Text and Translation?
The Center exists to improve the quality of editions of the Christian Scriptures in the original languages and to ensure the accuracy and clarity of Bible translations worldwide.
The Center serves the broader evangelical community by providing resources and counsel for those translating the Bible for the church. There are over 2000 languages with little access to the Bible, therefore there is a continual and essential need to ensure an accurate and precise translation of the Bible.
What We Do
The Center will fulfill its mission by:
- Serving as consultants for future revisions and improvements of the Christian Standard Bible
- Conducting detailed research on complex text-critical issues
- Indexing and transcribing ancient manuscripts of the Scriptures
- Writing textual commentary that explains the evidence for variant readings in the ancient manuscripts
- Investigating paratextual features that may help solve text-critical challenges
- Developing tools to assist others in engaging in text-critical research
- Educating and advising Bible translators on questions related to the original text of the Scriptures
- Educating and advising Bible translators on questions related to the grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and correct interpretation of the Scriptures
- Educating and advising Bible translators on the best translation approaches to ensure their accuracy and clarity.
Dr. Charles Quarles, Director
“The Scriptures say in Isaiah 40:8, ‘The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’ Nothing matters more than having an accurate, reliable, and clear translation in the hands of Kingdom workers. You must have the Scriptures to evangelize, to plant churches, to edify God’s people in the worship of the local church, and to train pastors and missionaries. Nothing is more basic and essential than people having access to the word of God in an accurate and clear translation.”
The opportunity to serve as Research Associates in the Caskey Center for Text and Translation Studies is restricted to residential students enrolled and in good standing in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Biblical Studies, Old Testament, or New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Research Associates must qualify for employment under the policies of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Applicants must compete for these positions when openings exist. Preference will be given to those students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their previous studies, have surpassing knowledgeable of biblical languages (and other ancient languages useful in biblical studies), have competence in the praxis of biblical textual criticism, and demonstrate the desire and ability to improve Bible translations.
Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy program who wish to compete for the opportunity to serve as Research Associates in the Caskey Center must demonstrate their suitability by completing the following:
- A two-thousand-word essay identifying and summarizing the various approaches to biblical textual criticism, identifying the approach preferred by the student, and explaining the importance of continued work in the field.
- A two-thousand-word essay identifying and summarizing the various approaches to Bible translation, explaining some of the challenges Bible translators face in their work, demonstrating the need to improve a major English translation, and suggesting methods for seeking to improve this translation.
Students should focus both essays on the portion of Scripture related to their anticipated concentration in PhD studies, either Old Testament or New Testament. Special consideration will be given to students who express a desire to pursue dissertation research related to textual criticism, translation studies, or that may otherwise directly impact the accuracy of Bible translation. Such students should provide a mini-prospectus that includes a proposed title, a thesis or research question, and a brief summary of the proposed research (not to exceed one page single-spaced).
Research Associates will be selected from the pool of applicants by a committee consisting of the Director of the Center, the Associate Director of the Center, the Director of Research Doctoral Programs, and a Biblical Studies faculty member. Please email the two essays (and the mini-prospectus, if applicable) to the attention of the Associate Director at [email protected]
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