Richard Brown, Ph.D.

Senior Translation Consultant

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Biblical Interpretation, London School of Theology, 2011
  • Ph.D. ABD, Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981
  • M.Div., Biblical Studies, Duke University, 1974
  • B.S., Physics, Duke University, 1971

Current positions

  • Certified Senior Translation Consultant, SIL International, 2012–2016, 2017–
  • Leadership team member, Scripture in Context, Eurasia Area, 2012–
  • Editorial staff, Journal of Translation, 2011–
  • Head translator for an English Scripture project, SIL Eurasia Area, 2011–
  • Member, Consultant Technical Evaluation Committee, Eurasia Area, 2009–
  • Scripture Engagement Consultant, SIL Eurasia Area, 1998–

Other professional experience and service

  • SIL International Translation Consultant, 1999–2011
  • Board of Directors, SIL International, 1996–2008
  • Language Affairs Director, Associate Director, SIL East Mediterranean Group, 1990–2001
  • Trainer/Advisor to two Scripture projects, SIL East Mediterranean Group, 1991–2000
  • Translation Consultant, SIL East Mediterranean Group, 1993–2000
  • Trainer/Advisor, Gbaya Scripture and literacy project, SIL Sudan Branch, 1977–1991
  • Associate Professor of New Testament, John Wesley College, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1974–1976

Professional memberships

  • Evangelical Missiological Society, 2016–
  • International Society of Frontier Missiology, 2007–
  • Linguistics Association of Great Britain, 2007–
  • Evangelical Theological Society, 2006–
  • Society of Biblical Literature, 2006–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • Arabic: ILR 3
  • Kresh-Gbaya: ILR 2+
  • German: ILR 1+
  • Biblical Greek: Advanced level
  • Biblical Hebrew: Intermediate level
  • Biblical Aramaic: Intermediate level
  • Syriac: Intermediate level

Research interests

  • Biblical hermeneutics
  • Key Biblical concepts and terms
  • Translation theory
  • Cognitive semantics
  • Historical theology
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