WEA Divine Familial Terms Oversight Group Affirms Wycliffe and SIL’s Bible Translation Guidelines

Press February 20, 2017

New York, NY – February 20, 2017

The Divine Familial Terms Oversight Group, a group of independent experts facilitated by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), held its third meeting to provide feedback to Wycliffe Global Alliance and SIL International concerning technical guidelines for Bible translators.

Originally formed in April 2014 upon Wycliffe and SIL’s request, the Oversight Group met in December with senior leaders of Wycliffe and SIL for two days of discussion concerning ongoing compliance with the WEA Panel Report on theologically acceptable translation of the Divine Familial Terms (the words for “God the Father” and the “Son of God”), particularly in Muslim contexts. The meeting focused on reviewing the Divine Familial Terms Translation Procedures (see links below).

“The WEA Oversight Group confirms that the Divine Familial Terms Translation Procedures, when applied appropriately, facilitate compliance with the April 2013 Panel recommendations,” said Dr. Scott Moreau, chair of the group. Moreau further stated, “Once again the WEA Oversight Group affirmed the ongoing diligent work of Wycliffe and SIL in continuing to adhere to the guidelines established by the WEA Panel.”

The Oversight Group met in December 2016 in Holzhausen, Germany. Previous meetings occurred in August 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in December 2014, in Oxford, England. It includes the following members who were selected based on their expertise, experience and personal skills:


> Divine Familial Terms Translation Procedures: Executive Summary (pdf, 4 pages)

> Divine Familial Terms Translation Procedures – complete (pdf, 88 pages)


For more information, visit the Bible Translation Review page that features all related resources and media releases since the initiation of the translation review in 2013.


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