ChinaSource Quarterlies

The Chinese Bible

Vol. 20, No. 3

Articles in this Issue


An In-depth Look at the Chinese Bible

The guest editor's perspective. . .

Lead Article

A Century Later, Still Dominant

The Chinese Union Version of the Bible, published in 1919, remains the most dominant and popular translation used in China today. Here are some reasons why. 

Supporting Article

The Origins of the Chinese Union Version Bible

How did the Chinese Union Version of the Bible come into being? What individuals and teams did the translation work and what sources did they use?Strand provides history along with lessons that can be learned from years of labor.

Supporting Article

Word Choice Challenges

Translation is complex, and the words chosen to communicate concepts are crucial; they can significantly influence the understanding of the reader. Strand gives examples of how translators struggle with this aspect of their work.

Supporting Article

Can the Chinese Union Version Be Replaced in China?

A Chinese lay leader gives his thoughts on the positives and negatives of using just the CUV and the impact of using other translations.

Supporting Article

Chinese Bible Translation by the Catholic Church

History, Development, and Reception

Translation of scripture portions by Catholics began over 700 years ago; however, it was not until 1968 that the entire Bible in Chinese in one volume was published. The author follows this process across the centuries.

Supporting Article

Bibles in China

A Question of Availability

The author points out key issues related to Bible availability in China including supply, demand, and distribution. She also addresses the impact of the Internet on this issue.

Book Reviews

Be Amazed, Encouraged, and Challenged for Under $10

A Book Review

This concise volume on the life of Morrison challenges with the description of the difficulties he overcame and the prolific amount of translation work he achieved.

Resource Corner

Obtaining a Chinese Bible

Means of obtaining Bibles in Chinese, both inside and outside of mainland China, as well as via the Internet, are provided.

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Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman

Joann Pittman is Vice President of Partnership and China Engagement and editor of ZGBriefs. Prior to joining ChinaSource, Joann spent 28 years working in China, as an English teacher, language student, program director, and cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has also taught Chinese at the University …View Full Bio