Translating Metaphor: He just snapped for no reason!

Metaphor and analogy drive much (all) of semantic change. The text is from 4 Macc 2:2-3 2 ταύτῃ γοῦν ὁ σώφρων Ιωσηφ ἐπαινεῖται, ὅτι διανοίᾳ περιεκράτησεν τῆς ἡδυπαθείας. 3 νέος γὰρ ὢν καὶ ἀκμάζων πρὸς συνουσιασμὸν ἠκύρωσε τῷ λογισμῷ τὸν τῶν παθῶν οἶστρον. I was reading 4 Maccabees in Greek this evening and was reminded... Continue Reading →

Greek and English Relative Clauses

Though both require relative clauses to begin with a relative pronoun, Greek and English are typologically distinct in that one employs the pronoun with the gap strategy (English) and the other only needs the pronoun (Greek): a man who Chris saw [GAP] vs. τὸ ποτήριον ὃ ἐγὼ μέλλω πίνειν (the cup that I am about... Continue Reading →

Holman Christian Standard Bible

It'd be such an incredibly translation if it would be willing to use "brothers and sisters" every once in a while! So many things I like otherwise... Translate ἀδελφοι as "brothers and sisters" when the context would necessitate it. Why? Because when you translate lexis rather than reference you remove the text from it's historical... Continue Reading →

Poll on Translation & Hermeneutics

For sometime, I've been an advocate for people who do not know the original languages (& probably never will) to learn how to meaningfully look at and compare differences of translation, paragraphing, & formatting in using multiple translations rather than simply using a "literal" translation. But it has been only recently that I've realized that... Continue Reading →

The ESV & the Standard Bible Society

The Standard Bible Society . . . . . . exists to reach the world with the Gospel and God’s Word through the distribution and promotion of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible throughout the English-speaking world. The SBS is a separate not-for-profit [IRS Sec. 501 (c) (3)] organization, growing out of the vision and... Continue Reading →

Language Change

It's been quite obvious that I've had language change on my mind with reference to man vs. human and he vs. they for generics. I've written a couple posts now. And I know that there are a variety of people out there who are convinced that the change is directly related to the feminist movement.... Continue Reading →

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