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Published Date: April 5, 2024

Published Date: April 5, 2024

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Women and Words: Exploring Women’s Biblical Equality Through Bible Translation with Dr. Roy Ciampa

This episode of the Mutuality Matters podcast, hosted by CBE International, features Dr. Roy Ciampa, the S. Lewis and N. W. Armstrong Professor of Religion at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Ciampa discusses the significance of Bible translation in promoting women’s biblical equality, his background as a missionary, professor, and Bible translator, and the process translation teams undergo to resolve translation challenges. Highlights include the impact of Western translations like the NIV and ESV on global Bible translation, specific New Testament passages supporting women’s shared leadership, and common translation issues facing the church today. Dr. Ciampa also addresses translation choices related to female and male relationships in Scripture. The episode emphasizes CBE’s mission of advocating for equal authority and leadership of women and men in the home, church, and world through biblical scholarship and translation.   

00:00 Welcome to Mutuality Matters 
00:31 Introducing Dr. Roy Ciampa: A Renowned Bible Translator 
00:54 Dr. Ciampa’s Journey in Bible Translation and Scholarship 
04:36 The Conservative Nature of Bible Translation 
06:46 The Influence of Western Translations on Global Bible Translation Efforts 
19:52 Navigating Translation Challenges: From Legal Issues to Cultural Contexts 
23:55 Addressing Translation Issues Affecting Women in Scripture 
29:41 Exploring Key New Testament Passages on Women’s Leadership
41:51 Supporting CBE International and Mutuality Matters 

Related Resources:
CBE’s eLearning Course: Beyond Bias: Aligning towards God’s Vision for Women and Men in Bible Translation 
CBE’s Bible Translation Project: Creating Gender-Accurate Bible Translations
Correcting Caricatures: Women and Bible Translation 

The opinions expressed in CBE’s Mutuality Matters podcast are those of its hosts or guests and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members or chapters worldwide. The designations employed in this podcast and the presentation of content therein do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of CBE concerning the legal status of any country, area or territory or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers.