Bible Translation in the Digital Age

Discover trends in Bible Translation, digital analysis and contextual theology

Bible Translation in the Digital Age

This minor thoroughly introduces the student in the field of Bible translation in relation to linguistics, contextual theology, exegesis and digital text analysis. The student will be trained in using modern tools from the fascinating world of Digital Humanities. Starting with an introduction in translation studies, the programme enters into Bible translation while using digital tools and research techniques. After discussing contextual theology and hermeneutical questions about Bible translation, the programme finishes with practical exercise in Bible translation.

Take a look at the schedule and course codes.

  • Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication
    In this course you acquire acquaintance with the broader field of translation studies, and basic notions such as equivalence, skopos, translation typologies, text types and styles.
  • Bible Translation in a Global Context
    In this course you learn how to apply these notions to the translation of the Bible and gain insight into the complex interaction of between textual and canonical criticism, source and redaction criticism, theological traditions, hermeneutics and Bible Translation.
  • Bible Translation in the Digital Age
    In this course you get acquainted with and learns to apply translation practices in the early twenty-first century and the application of digital resources for editing and comparing texts and translations, as well as for groundbreaking computational linguistic research supporting the Bible translators.
  • Bible Translation as Contextual Theology
    In this course you learn to reflect on the contexts of authors, scribes, translators and readers and apply insights from contextual Bible reading to the practice of Bible translation.
  • Research Lab
    A practical involvement in Bible translation in which you learn to apply your insights from the previous courses.

Registration for this minor is now possible. This minor is open for all Bachelor's students who have knowledge of at least one of the two basic languages of the Bible: Hebrew or Greek.

If you wish to take this minor and you don’t study at the Faculty of Religion and Theology of VU Amsterdam, you do require the approval of the Examination Board of your own study programme.

Admission and registration 
More information about Admission and Registration (Dutch: Aanmelden voor een minor).

Foreign students currently not studying at a Dutch university see the page Semester in Amsterdam.

From mid-July onwards, you can register for the courses within the minor.

For more information, please contact the coordinator of this minor:

Prof. Dr Lourens de Vries

Overview Bible Translation in the Digital Age




1 semester (30 EC)


September 1st