dei verbum

Salah satu impian kaum reformis di abad ke-16 seperti Martin Luther dan William Tyndale adalah agar setiap orang dapat membaca Alkitab dalam bahasanya masing-masing. Mengenai filosofi penerjemahan Alkitabnya, Luther berkomentar, “One must ask mothers in the home, children on the street, the common man at the market, and watch carefully how they speak. After that one may translate. Then those who read will understand you and know that you are speaking German with them… Your reader must be able to read God’s Word as though it were written yesterday.” Menjawab seorang imam, Tyndale berkata, “I will make the boy that driveth the plough shall know more of Scripture than thou doest.” Dan memang salah satu keunikan tradisi Protestan adalah usaha penerjemahan Alkitab ke dalam berbagai bahasa. Jika sekarang kita dapat membaca Alkitab dalam bahasa kita sendiri, bersyukurlah. Dan, yang terutama, bacalah. Agak ironis rasanya melihat bagaimana kita sendiri masih kurang menekuni Firman Tuhan yang kita miliki saat ini. Hal inilah yang mungkin dapat kita pelajari bersama dari Hari Reformasi hari ini: bacalah Alkitab — sepanjang hidup kita, tiada henti.

Anyway, to illustrate how things have changed on ‘the other side’, sekitar 400 tahun kemudian Konsili Vatikan II dalam dokumennya Dei Verbum juga mengencourage penerjemahan Alkitab ke dalam bahasa ibu masing-masing: “easy access to Sacred Scripture should be provided for all the Christian faithful.” Synod of Bishops di Vatikan pada tahun 2008 yang bertemakan ‘The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church’ mempublikasikan sebuah dokumen mengenai Firman Tuhan, dan salah satu bagiannya diberi judul ‘The Word of God is to be Accessible to All, in Every Age.’ Indeed, it is our prayer that the Word of God to be accessible to all, in every age. Mothers in the home, children on the street, the common man at the market, the boy that driveth the plough; all, all, all.

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