The Translation of διελέγετο (dielexeto) in Acts 17:2 in Asante-Twi Bible: The Implication on Paul Personality

David Adu-Kyei

Issue: Vol.5  No.3 March 2023 Article 1  pp. 36-42
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This article seeks to examine the translation of the Greek word διελέγετο (dielegato) in Acts 17:2 as gyee akyinnyeε in Asante Twi Bible. Using the Mother Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics approach and exegesis, the study finds out that the translation of gyee akyinnyeε sounds more derogatory. It is therefore suggested that the Twi word gyee akyinnyeε should be retranslated as mpεnsεmpεnsεmu in order to vindicate a man full of the Holy Spirit. The study will add to the interpretation of Acts 17:2 in the Asante Twi Bible. It is recommended that subsequent revisions of the Asante Twi Bible could consider mpεnsεmpεnsεmu.

Keywords: Akan formal communication, Bible translation, mother-tongue biblical hermeneutics, eristic reasoning

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Michael F. Wandusim (Dr. theol.) is a Lecturer in New Testament and Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics at the Department of Religious Studies of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi – Ghana.

Adu-Kyei, David, “The Translation of διελέγετο (dielexeto) in Acts 17:2 in Asante-Twi Bible: The Implication on Paul Personality,” Journal of Mother-Tongue Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology 5, no.3(2023): 36-42.

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