The Bible is a good example of the old maxim, "the corruption of the best is the worst." It has been, and still is, subject to terrible abuses, distortions, misrepresentations, prejudices, manipulations, deconstructions, ideological
appropriations, and so on. In the avoidance or correction of these corruptions a wise approach to translation is only one element, though it is vital.
In this lecture, Professor David Ford approaches it from two angles: first, drawing on his experience as a working Christian theologian who has done a good deal of interpretation of the Bible in many contexts – in academic works, in the Church
and in inter-faith engagements; second, looking at the big picture of the ongoing translation of the Bible today and in particular comment on two transformative developments during the past fifty years. And there will be a final theological thought about all this.
David is the Director of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. He is an Anglican theologian and Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught since 1991. He is a Fellow of Selwyn College. Previously David taught for 15 years at the University of Birmingham. His work in the area of Christian theology has been inspired by post-liberal and narrative theology. David is one of the founders of Scriptural Reasoning and has been extensively involved in generating new modes of engagement for inter-faith relations in the post-9/11 world. He is the author of (among others) Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love (2007) and co-editor of The Promise of Scriptural Reasoning (2006), and Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century (2005).