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Searching for shalom: Transformation in the mission of God and the Bible translation movement

Kirk J. Franklin
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 76, No 4 | a5879 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v76i4.5879 | © 2020 Kirk J. Franklin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 November 2019 | Published: 18 May 2020

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Kirk J. Franklin, Department of Religion, Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

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The background of this study was to explore the Old Testament vision of shalom and determine how it was relevant to its holistic mission, Bible translation, transformational development and the world’s challenges and trends. The aim of this research was to create a framework to serve practitioners and theorists associated with the Bible translation movement and its intersection with transformational development. The setting for the study was the consideration of factors affecting Bible translation and transformational development in the context of global challenges and trends. The methodology of the study included literature surveys integrated with analysis of data from global sources. Results from the study included an understanding of the relevance of shalom, and integration with holistic mission, including integral mission, and intersection with transformational development. Analysis of global challenges and trends was combined with an existing framework for transformational development that included Bible translation as a mission. The conclusion was that the church was called to be faithful stewards of knowledge and resources. This included an understanding of the relevance of the vision for shalom, integrated with holistic mission, transformational development and Bible translation that addressed in full or in part global challenges and trends that resulted in the framework produced by this study.


shalom; holistic/integral mission; transformational development; global challenges; Bible translation


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