In the light of various controversies about Bible translation, Wycliffe Global Alliance and SIL International approached the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in March 2012 to independently review their best practice in the translation of "God the Father" and the "Son of God." The WEA formed an independent Panel that has now concluded its work and issued its report with recommendations for Wycliffe and SIL.

Download the final report here.

The independent Panel’s mandate was to "review SIL’s translation practices, setting boundaries for theologically acceptable translation methodology particularly in Muslim contexts, and suggesting how to practically implement these recommendations."

Names of Panel Experts:
Milton Acosta, Old Testament / Donald Fairbairn, Early Christianity and Historical Theology / Atef Gendy, New Testament / Ida Glaser, Biblical and Islamic Studies / Rob Haskell, Systematic Theology / Karen Jobes, New Testament / Ghassan Khalaf, Biblical Studies and Theology / Melba Padilla Maggay, Social Anthropology / Scott Moreau, Intercultural Studies / Kang-San Tan, Mission Studies / Roland Werner, African Linguistics & Theology / Dudley Woodberry, Mission Studies / Robert Cooley, Panel Moderator

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