[sword-devel] [Fwd: BOUNCE sword-devel@crosswire.org: Non-member submission from ["Jeremy Bettis" <jeremyb@hksys.com>]]

Alan Jackson sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 14 Dec 2001 15:15:39 -0600

On 14 Dec 2001 12:03:31 -0800  Mike Dougherty wrote:
> On Thu, 2001-12-13 at 16:12, Jerry Hastings wrote:
> > At 02:19 PM 12/13/2001 -0700, Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
> > 
> > >But there are still expenses associated with creating the translation.
> > >Salaries of the translators, big expensive Greek and Hebrew dictionaries,
> > >etc.
> > 
> > True, ink and paper and such, need to be paid for by someone. And before 
> > the printing press a scroll was very expensive to produce. But if you had a 
> > scroll and had the money to cover the expenses you were free to make more 
> > copies. Though some religious officials may have objected for "religious" 
> > reasons.
> > 
> > >You can't expect someone to shell out $1,000,000 or so making a new
> > >translation, and then giving it away for free can you?
> > 
> > Yes, you can.
> > 
> I agree with you Jerry. I've been trying to find a scripture ever since
> you sent this, but as it may be obvious, my knowledge is lacking. I
> believe that it is written in there somewhere that whatever God calls
> you to do (including translating His Word) he will equip you
> spiritually, intellectually, AND financially! I could go on-and-on about
> all the things people do to serve the body of Christ without expecting
> or getting anything in return. All you have to do is look around your
> own church and community to see what I am talking about.
> Can I expect to read and study God's Word for free in written,
> electronic, and any other form? You darn right I do!
> Just my thoughts,
> /mike

I don't know why churches couldn't join together to pay for it. An example is the
"Book of Common Prayer" for the Episcopal church. Each edition is explicitly put
into the public domain as a gift. It can be done.

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