Thank God Steve Chang is back. He is the senior pastor in our English Ministry and his Sabbatical at Princeton Theological Seminary is over. So I am happy – I am not so sure about him – after almost 8 months of “rest”… he may not be ready yet for some real work. 😦
School started yesterday – and I am teaching some exciting courses: Hebrew, Rabbinic Hebrew and Exegesis of Song of Songs. And since I have so much time in my hands (because Steve is back and I am teaching only 3 courses – THANK GOD!) – I decided to start two more blogs. I started them with some long range plans.
We are working and thinking about a project for the purpose of making available in Romanian as many of the Christian classics as possible. The intention is to have available in Romanian a website similar to that found at http://www.ccel.org. That website (in English) is huge and has mostly classics whose copyrights have expired – so their posting for free is not a problem. Our website (probably at SlavaDomnului.org) will start with some of the most basic writings: The Institutes of the Christian Religion and the commentaries on the Bible by Calvin, The Matthew Henry Commentary on the whole Bible, Spurgeon’s Treasury of David, some of the writings of Jonathan Edwards etc.
The website will look something like this http://www.axa-telecom.ro/joom/ (this is just a demo). The intention is to help Romanian Christians who cannot read English and/or other languages to have access to some of these Christian classics.
To accomplish this project – which will be ongoing for many many years – we need (first of all) God’s help, some sponsors for the volumes to be published, good translators, and a good web designer and administrator. All the books available online will be free and will be downloadable (usually in pdf).
Anybody can sponsor a project or part of one. For example – the Matthew Henry Commentary is a huge project because it covers the whole Bible. This commentary has at least 2000 pages and may be a project too costly to be sponsored by one single person. Even though we will try to work with volunteers, most likely we will have to pay professionals to get good quality translations. Since it is estimated that it will cost us aproximately $200 to translate a decent size book (we are working on finding the exact prices – I may be completely wrong here) – one person may want to sponsor the publication of only one volume (e.g. The Commentary on Genesis by Calvin etc.).
We will let you know more about this soon. Meanwhile – I would appreciate some input on this project.
Can you help by sponsoring a volume? Can you help us find a good translator? Do you have any suggestions for some of the classics to be translated? Do you think that this project will be useful for Romania?
Blessings and JOY to all.