Translators needed, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish

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  • Fatfreek

    If you can understand the written word in German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish -- you can help. Oh, you will also need to have access to a copy of Insight on the Scriptures (it).

    Insight on the Scriptures was first released in English, at the “Divine Justice” conventions. The actual release of that two volume set began on Friday, June 17, 1988.

    According the the Kingdom Ministry, release dates of foreign language editions are as follows:
    German 11/90; Italian, 12/90; Portuguese, 2/91; Spanish, 11/91.

    It would be of great help for you to look up the following 5 articles: Destruction, Repentance, Sodom, Gomorrah, and Judgment Day. The following are quotation snippets of those articles in English, all which clearly show that some inhabitants of ancient Sodom and Gomorrah will receive a resurrection.

    It's important to know whether that understanding carried forth into the foreign language translations of that publication or if, when, and in which language they reversed their understanding to what it is today -- no resurrection for those ancient ones.

    I have no idea whether the Society provides their Library on CD for those languages. If so, please clarify where you're getting your information -- hard copy or CD.

    *** it-1 p. 616 Destruction ***
    This is also illustrated by what happened to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their inhabitants. Jude indicated that these cities were everlastingly destroyed. (Jude 7; compare 2Pe 2:6.) However, Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 10:15 show that at least some of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah will receive a resurrection.—See JUDGMENT DAY.

    *** it-1 p. 985 Gomorrah ***
    Though the cities underwent “the judicial punishment of everlasting fire” (Jude 7), Jesus indicated that people of Sodom and Gomorrah would experience a resurrection to stand for judgment.

    *** it-2 p. 137 Judgment Day ***
    This projected the matter into the future and naturally suggested that the people of Sodom and Gomorrah would then be alive by means of resurrection.

    *** it-2 pp. 775-776 Repentance ***
    By contrast, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah as well as those of Canaanite Tyre and Sidon are spoken of by Jesus as finding “Judgment Day” more endurable than would the people of certain Jewish cities. (Mt 10:14, 15; 11:20-24) Those of pagan Nineveh are similarly spoken of. (Mt 12:41) This of itself implies that people from all such places, including the Jewish cities mentioned, will be resurrected and have opportunity to manifest humble repentance and “turn around” in conversion to God through Christ.

    *** it-2 p. 985 Sodom ***
    Sodom and Gomorrah were everlastingly destroyed as cities, but this would not preclude a resurrection for people of those cities.

    Len Miller

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  • bennyk

    According to the printed Einsichten (German edition: vol. one copywrite 1990, vol. two copywrite 1992), the Sodomites et al will NOT be resurrected. The article on "repentance" (i.e. Reue) doesn't mention them; the sentence you offered in English is re-written.

  • behemot

    According to the italian edition of the Insight book (in the WT CD-Rom, 1999 edition), the people in Sodom and Gomorrah will not be resurrected (articles on Destruction, Sodom, Gomorrah, and Judgment Day). The article on Repentance makes mo mention of the cities.


  • Fatfreek

    Thanks bennyk and behemot for sharing your expertise.

    As an aside, does anyone know if there was an errata (Sheet of corrections) distributed to the publishers so users could cut and paste into their English copies of Insight? I recall that they did something like this in the early 70's for the Bookstudy publication at that time.

    If they did and you have a copy, can you scan it for us?

    Recently (2006) our friend Atlantis posted a download link to a 5 page PDF, under topic, The "Revelation-Its Grand Climax At Hand" adhesive cut and paste instruction kit! The download link was eventually disabled for obvious reasons.

    They did it years ago and they've done it recently.

    As I see it, this Insight set of 2 volumes represents their major encyclopedic research tool and is cited regularly. By not creating an errata for those 5 articles, that would be an oversight or a coverup.


  • Atlantis

    (Mentioned above)

    The "Revelation-Its Grand Climax At Hand" adhesive cut and paste instruction kit! Click the download link by the red arrow at the bottom of the next page. N.

  • Fatfreek

    Thanks, Atlantis -- once again. Len

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