Exegetical Discussion of 1 Corinthians 13 Leading To Contextual Translation Into Gã (Ghanaian) Language

ISSUE: Vol.1  No.1  July 2019 Article 1  pp.1-13
AUTHOR: Daniel Nii Aboagye AryehORCID iD
DOI : 10.32051/07051901



Contextual translation to reflect the cultural elements of the community that uses the translated document has been a critical issue for discussion among Bible translators. The interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13 has been a thorn in the flesh of biblical exegetes, translators, and interpreters, which also affects contextual translations. This essay argues that translations must reflect contemporary terms and concepts in the cultural psychology of the community of the audience. It attempts a contextual translation of 1 Corinthians 13 into Gã (a Ghanaian) language. The translation process considered the influence of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian Ministries in Ghana, and the contemporary Christians, who speak Gã as a second language. This study adopts the view that 1 Corinthians 13 is an original composition by Paul and it is an integral part of the discourse on spiritual gifts, which began from 1 Corinthians 12–14.

Keywords: Exegesis; Contextual translation; Gã (a Ghanaian language); Love; Pentecostal and Charismatic, Spiritual gifts.


Daniel Nii Aboagye Aryeh (MTh, PhDc) is the Dean of the School of Theology, Perez University College, Winneba Ghana. He is a lecturer in Biblical Studies with research interests include Biblical Studies, Pentecostalism and Mission, Gender Studies, and Church Administration. He is the Senior Pastor of Christ Global Gospel Church, Accra Ghana.

Aryeh, Daniel N. A. “Exegetical Discussion of 1 Corinthians 13 Leading to Contextual Translation into Gã (Ghanaian) Language.” Journal of Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology 1, no.1 (2019): 1-13. https://doi.org/10.32051/07051901

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