Bible Translation 2015: The 8th Biennial Bible Translation Conference

A forum for presentation and discussion of developing theory and practice in Bible translation

The Bible Translation 2015 Conference will be October 16-20, 2015.

This academic conference is co-sponsored by the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) and SIL International; the Eugene A. Nida Lecture Series is sponsored by the Nida Institute. The BT Conference will be held near the International Linguistics Center (GIAL campus) in Dallas, Texas, USA.



Bible Translation and Transformation


  1. Theory & Practice and Translator Training
  2. Scripture Engagement
  3. Contemporary Context of Bible Translation
  4. Technology and other Tools

Follow this link to see suggested topics for each subtheme.


We are currently accepting abstracts for papers on the above Theme and Subthemes. The Abstract Deadline is May 1, 2015. We will be able to accept 80+ abstracts for presentation. Please see the Abstract Guidelines for more information.


Beekman Lecture Series (Friday/Sunday evenings):

Mark Strauss, Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego

Dr. Mark Strauss is the author of many books and articles including commentaries on Mark and Luke and a textbook on the Gospels. Works on translation include Distorting Scripture? (1998) and How to Choose a Translation for All It’s Worth (2007). He has served on translation committees for the New Century Version and the Expanded Bible and is Vice-Chair of the NIV translation committee.

Eugene A. Nida Lecture Series (Monday evening):

Christiane Nord,
professor extraordinary and research fellow, University of the Free State at Bloemfontein, South Africa

Professor Dr. Christiane Nord has a BA in Translation for German, Spanish, and English (Heidelberg University), a Ph.D. in Romance Studies, and a post-doc qualification for Applied Translation Studies and Translation Pedagogy. She has trained translators since 1967 at Heidelberg, Vienna, Hildesheim, Innsbruck, and Madgeburg Universities. She has written approximately 200 publications in German, English and Spanish on translation theory, methodology, and pedagogy.

Public Banquet (Tuesday evening):

Roy Peterson,
President and CEO of American Bible Society

Dr. Roy Peterson was President and CEO of The Seed Company from 2003-early 2014. Before this he served in government relations for SIL International in Ecuador and Guatemala, and then was President and CEO of Wycliffe USA from 1997-2003. Roy has a BS from Roger Williams University, an MA from Azusa Pacific University, and an honorary doctorate from Taylor University. Roy and his wife Rita have three children and three grandchildren.

Additional Plenary Speakers:

  • Dr. Larry Jones, Senior Vice President for Bible Translation of The Seed Company
  • Dr. Harriet Hill, Program Director for the Trauma Healing Institute, a ministry of the American Bible Society

Registration Costs

(Regular and Student registration includes the Banquet.)

  • Regular registration (Early): $140.00
  • Regular registration (After August 14, 2015): $180.00
  • Student registration (Early): $55.00
  • Student registration (After August 14, 2015): $65.00
  • Daily Rate: $60.00 (banquet not included)
  • Banquet Only: $35.00

Registration Form and Information

Link to Registration Information.
Link to Registration Form.

The Registration Form is a Word document that can be filled in on your screen and sent as an email attachment. If you do not have Microsoft Word, write to for a copy of the Registration Form that does not use this feature.


The Conference schedule is expected to be as follows:

  • The opening event will be a plenary session on Friday evening.
  • Papers will be presented all day Saturday. There will be a Poster Presentation event on Saturday evening.
  • The only scheduled event on Sunday will be a plenary session in the evening.
  • Papers will be presented all day Monday. There will be a plenary session in the evening.
  • Papers will be presented all day Tuesday. There will be a concluding Public Banquet on Tuesday evening

This schedule includes time for oral and poster papers, discussion, individual interaction, product and program exhibits, and networking.

Note these pre- and post-conference events before planning your travel:

Please note that other BT organizations may schedule events in Dallas, Texas, before or after the conference that are open to BT Conference attendees (seminars, workshops, etc.). Events of this nature will be listed on this website as we become aware of them. Please check this website before purchasing airline tickets, in case one or more of these events is also of interest to you.

  • ParaTExt training will be offered prior to the conference. The training will be offered Monday through Friday (October 12-16, 2015) in a modular format. Modules may cover topics such as: Introduction to ParaTExt; Project Management; Translation Tools; Translation Checking; Consistency Checking; Consulting with ParaTExt; Publishing with ParaTExt. More information and a tentative schedule can be found HERE. If you have a particular topic that you think might be helpful, please contact Phil Leckrone (
  • The Abraham Center at GIAL will host its biennial conference, Abraham 2015, October 21-22, 2015, at the International Linguistics Center immediately following the Bible Translation conference. We invite proposals for papers and/or presentations on topics related to Scripture use in Abrahamic contexts OR that examine ways the Abrahamic religious traditions have agreed or differed on interpretations of biblical passages and key terms. See for their Call For Papers, Registration Form, and more information. Contact:
  • October 21-28 the OneStory Partnership is hosting three events. They are a Storycrafting Consultant Development Workshop, an Introduction to Storying & Orality workshop, and a Storying & Orality Community of Practice Gathering. Please see OneStory’s website for more information and how to register.
  • A Participatory Methods for Engaging Communities (PMEC) workshop will be offered Oct 6-15, 2015 in Duncanville, near the ILC. This workshop trains people to facilitate discussions about all aspects of Bible translation and Scripture engagement work. A participatory approach helps key stakeholders in the community and the body of Christ to think and talk together as they decide, plan and evaluate activities connected to the translation and use of God’s word. Contact to register.

Action Steps

  • Please set aside these dates.
  • If desired, please submit an abstract for a paper to be included in the program.
  • Please plan to join us and encourage others to attend.
  • You can print or email this BTConference Flyer to share the conference with your colleagues.

Conference History

This Bible translation conference series began in 2001. Since that time, each conference has grown in numbers of papers and participants, and has offered valuable contributions to the worldwide Bible Translation effort. BT2013 was attended by 400 Bible translators, consultants, linguists, professors, students, literacy specialists, anthropologists, translation software specialists, orality specialists, administrators, and other professionals involved in the Bible translation task. These came from more than 70 Bible translation agencies and training programs, and from all parts of the world.
Link to BT2013
Link to BT2011

Contact Us

US telephone: 972-708-7466