REV

Overview

Revise Every Version (REV) is a program that is specifically used for the revision of scripture that is desired by the church but currently has outdated language or is a close variation of a language dialect. It's a way to use non-copyrighted source text scripture to quickly revise it into open source gateway languages.

The Team

Assemble teams with the following roles in each team.

rev_member_reader
Reader

Reads the non-copyrighted text.

rev_member_listener_speaker
Listener-speaker

Takes in the text and output it into modern speech.

rev_member_recorder
Recorder

Captures and types the spoken text into writing.

rev_member_clarity_checker
Naturalness/Clarity Checker

Checks the understandability of the passage, word flow, and sound of the translation.

rev_member_accuracy_checker
Accuracy Checker

Compares the newly typed text to a variety of source text, which could also include Biblical language text. This could be divided among several individuals as needed/available.

Team adjustments

* One reader could alternate between two groups each with the other roles.
* Condensed group - combine reader and listener-speaker; combine the two checkers.
* Expanded group - split naturalness and clarity checker; split accuracy checker into three: 1) keyword accuracy, 2) comparable-modern-source-text accuracy, and 3) Biblical language accuracy.

The Steps

1

The assembled team decides on the book they are going to translate from the non-copyrighted source text.

2

Each person identifies their role(s) within the group.

3

Begin with the reader and have them read one verse at a time.

4

The listener-speaker hears the verse and says it in modern speech.

5

The recorder types the text into writing.

6

The clarity checker is listening to the verse and comments to anything they don’t understand specifically looking at words, phrases, and sentence structure/order.

7

The accuracy checker should have a variety of resources according to ability/skill level, ranging from a variety of source texts to exegetical notes, and even Biblical language resources.  This role is to check the overall accuracy of word choice, key words are present and well defined.

8

The entire group is able to contribute at this point for anything that they may hear in a reread of the new verse after step 7.

9

Continue to the next verse in the same way.

10

The group may rotate roles by chapter if they prefer and skill set allows.