Dr. William Barrick

I served as Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at the Masters Seminary for over 18 years and I have taught thousands of students how to read and understand the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). I’ve been involved in 13 Bible translation projects for 9 different languages.

Priceless Treasures in Familiar Settings—Psalm 23:1

Priceless treasures of propositional truth reside in divine Scripture. Priceless, because their value exceeds anything this world has to offer. Treasures, because such truths enrich the soul, infuse life with supreme joy, and produce contentment no amount of earthly treasures can supply. For over 57 years the Bible’s most familiar texts have found their way …

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The Synoptic Gospels’ Inerrancy: When Did Jesus Curse the Fig Tree?

This apparent contradiction of the timing of the events involved Jesus’ cleansing the Temple and cursing the fig tree. Matthew 21:12–19 reports that Jesus cursed the fig tree on the day following His cleansing of the Temple. However, Mark 11:12–24 appears to indicate that Jesus left Bethany (v. 12), cursed the fig tree for not …

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Understanding Bible Translation: Excerpt & Endorsement

“As someone involved in an international ministry involving interaction in several different languages, I understand the need for careful approaches to understanding communication across language barriers in both oral and printed forms. So I worked through Barrick’s Understanding Bible Translation with great interest.  Many such works have come on the scene over the years, but this …

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Understanding Bible Translation: Excerpt & Endorsement

“Someone once said, ‘Translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes.’ This has been Dr. Barrick’s life-long pursuit whether translating in Bangladesh for 15 years, teaching biblical languages in seminary, or now, in retirement, writing from his experience for future generations. If you have the privilege to read anything he has written on …

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Understanding Bible Translation: Excerpt & Endorsement

“Understanding Bible Translation by Dr. William (Bill) Barrick reads like an autobiographical journey through 50 years of faithfulness to the centrality of Scriptures for evangelization and local church ministry. Weaving together his formal training at Bible College and Seminary (so thankful some of this was at Grace), 15 years of front-line Bible translation work, and a …

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Understanding Bible Translation: Excerpt & Endorsement

“This book is full of surprises! Bill Barrick draws upon a lifetime of scholarship to challenge what I thought I knew about Scripture, humble me with gratitude for those who translated my Bible, and inspire me to support the teams who continue this sometimes thrilling, sometimes tedious work. Bill explains the many challenges of faithfully …

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Understanding Bible Translation: Excerpt & Endorsement

“Barrick’s primary motivation for producing this most excellent work is succinctly summarized on page 31 of Understanding Bible Translation: The challenge of Bible translation, therefore, is to make the Word of God understandable. It is one of the greatest challenges to which the Christian exegete or expositor might respond. Understanding is the goal of all proclamation …

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Understanding Bible Translation: Excerpt & Endorsement

“This book is intriguing, challenging, and comforting. These are not necessarily words one might expect to be used about a book on Bible translation. But these words describe William Barrick’s extremely helpful and carefully developed book. This book is designed not only for Bible translators but for all perceptive believers who want to understand the …

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