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Bibil Identifier bibil:247995
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Community Translation and Oral Performance of Some Praise Psalms within the Zulu Community
Author Dickie, June F.
Journal The Bible Translator (Volume: 68, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 253-268 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract There is a strong history among the Zulu community of performing praise poetry, and a passion for composing and performing poetry continues among Zulu youth today. On the other hand, the current Zulu Bible is considered by many young people to be irrelevant or difficult to read and understand. With these two factors in mind, I conducted a study in which Zulu youth were invited to participate in basic training, after which they made their own translations of various praise psalms and then performed them before a community audience using song, rap, or spoken poetry. This paper looks at the process and benefits of inviting "ordinary speakers" to participate in the translation process, and of communicating the message through oral performance. The results are encouraging and suggest the methodology could be extended to other genres of biblical text and other language groups.
DOI 10.1177/2051677017728564
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible Translation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Performance
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Psalms
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Africa
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