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SIL International and Zondervan Academic work together for global Bible translation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Zondervan Academic is pleased to announce their support of SIL International®, a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide. Zondervan Academic is providing to SIL some of the world’s top biblical resources to support efficient and accurate Bible translation work around the world.

SIL has developed Translator’s Workplace, a product built on the Logos Bible Software platform, so that those in a Bible translation role who are part of a private, managed group can access resources to aid their translation efforts. Translator’s Workplace acts like a library with unlimited loaning and loan periods. Zondervan Academic, which already distributes many of its titles digitally through Logos, has granted permission to Logos to provide a large library of its scholarly digital content without charge to users of SIL’s Translator’s Workplace.

Zondervan Academic and BibleMesh also are making available at a significant discount many Zondervan Academic Online Courses to SIL and the community of Bible translators and consultants it serves. The courses include Old Testament and New Testament Surveys and Basics of Biblical Greek, Hebrew, Ugaritic, Aramaic, and Syriac. Zondervan Academic Online Courses are adapted from award-winning Zondervan Academic textbooks, feature professionally filmed video lectures, and can be used by professors in the classroom, or by individual learners.

“One of our current initiatives is to foster greater understanding of biblical languages among translators and consultants,” says Paul O’Rear, SIL associate international translation coordinator. “We are grateful to Zondervan for their ministry-minded heart and support of Bible translation. Their books and online courses will be of tremendous value to translation consultants and consultants-in-training worldwide.”

“Our aim as a publisher is to support the academy and the church, and I am so pleased that we are able to bring these aims together in providing these resources to the worldwide church through the services of SIL International,” says Stan Gundry, SVP and publisher, Zondervan.

Zondervan Academic titles provided to SIL include:

  • Africa Bible Commentary
  • Expositor’s Bible Commentary
  • Halley’s Bible Handbook
  • NIV Zondervan Study Bible
  • South Asia Bible Commentary
  • Word Biblical Commentary Series
  • Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
  • Zondervan Biblical Languages Collection
  • Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible
  • Zondervan Exegetical Commentary
  • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
  • Zondervan Reference Collection

To learn more about SIL International and to support their translation efforts, visit www.sil.org/translation.

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About SIL International®: SIL is a faith-based nonprofit organization committed to serving language communities worldwide through research, translation, training and materials development. SIL works alongside ethnolinguistic communities and partners in nearly 100 countries to harness the power of language to address challenges communities face —social, cultural, political, economic and spiritual. SIL staff serve as researchers, trainers, literacy consultants and translation advisers; more than 1000 SIL staff hold advanced degrees.SIL has been an official NGO partner with UNESCO since 1993 and has had special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1997. Learn more at www.sil.org.

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About Zondervan Academic: Zondervan Academic, a division of Zondervan and HarperCollins Christian Publishing, has provided scholarly works for teachers and students of the Word since 1931. Zondervan Academic is privileged to partner with the scholarly community in providing Christ-honoring resources in service of the academy and the church worldwide. Together, they produce academic works in various areas of biblical-theological studies that exhibit faithfulness to historic Christian faith, cultural relevance, and excellence. Their biblical and theological books are used in academic institutions, churches, and personal studies worldwide. As a broker of ideas, the Zondervan Academic publishing program seeks to reflect the breadth and diversity — both theological and global — within evangelical scholarship while maintaining their commitment to the heart of orthodox Christianity. To learn more, visit www.ZondervanAcademic.com.

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About Zondervan: Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christiancommunications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its best-selling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.

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