Romanian Bible Project – Fire!
18 August 2017
Since 2006 the Society has been engaged in a detailed revision of the Romanian Bible, with reference to the underlying Biblical Hebrew and Greek texts, the Society’s 2002/2003 edition and other older editions of the Romanian Bible. The project has also sought to ensure that the Romanian language used conforms to current standards of orthography and syntax. The revised Romanian Bible has now been completely typeset. It has also been proofread by qualified native Romanian speakers and final corrections are currently being made. God willing, the text will soon be ready for printing.
However, last week an overheated electrical cable in the loft of our translator’s office premises led to a fire which completely destroyed the roof of the building. The intervention of the fire service was very prompt, but the enormous amount of water they used to put out the fire flooded the entire building, damaging the doors, floors, interior walls and upper ceiling. In the Lord’s goodness as soon as our translator realised that there was a fire he was able to rescue his computer and backup units. We are very thankful that all the files and documents of the Society’s Romanian Bible are safe, and untouched by fire or water.
This is not the first fire in the history of Bible translation work, there have been other notable instances of fire wreaking havoc, such as with William Tyndale and the English New Testament in the 1500s, and William Carey in India in the 1800s. When such events occur we recognise the hand of the devil behind them, and they bear out the truth of Ephesians 6.12, ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’ Please remember the Romanian Bible revision team at this stressful time.