The Memoirs of Herman Peter Aschmann, Wycliffe Bible Translator. Told through private conversations and personal correspondence between Herman Aschmann and the author, with additional insight from Aschmannâ€™s family and friends, Translating Christ pieces together the life of Herman Aschmann, Wycliffe Bible translator, and his wife as they lived and worked among the Totonac people of Mexico. Aschmannâ€™s abundance of physical and intellectual energy, linked with a passionate curiosity and empathetic concern for the language and culture of the Totonac people, enabled him to translate three distinct Totonac New Testaments. his became the foundation for the remarkable growth of the Totonac church in Mexico.
"There is a tendency to accept academic training as a criterion of expertness in translating, since people think of translators as language professionals and professionalism is usually judged in terms of years of study. On the other hand, one of the most creative translators I have ever known was Herman Aschmann, a person of limited academic training, but one who became entranced by the cultural content and literary potential of Totonac, an Indian language of Mexico. Instead of submitting one possible rendering of a biblical expression, he usually had a half dozen different ways of representing the meaning of the Greek text. Not only did he produce three exceptional New Testaments in Totonac, but he inspired local people to imitate his skill in discovering more and more meaningful ways of communicating a message into an entirely different language-culture." â€”Dr. Eugene Nida, premier linguist, Bible Translation theoretician, and Hermanâ€™s former linguistics teacher
About the Author
Hugh Steven is a historical biographer, author, and photographer with Wycliffe Bible Translators. He has published over thirty books and hundreds of articles on the work and ministry of Wycliffe, many of which have given readers dramatic insights into the high adventure and transforming power of the translated scriptures. Now retired, Hugh and his wife Norma reside in Santa Ana, California. They have four married children, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
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