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The Word: On the Translation of the Bible

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A quiz question, which is also a trick question: how many references to the doctrine of the Trinity are there in the Bible? I would like to have seen many more examples of different translations of the same passage juxtaposed - that would have brought it to life.

A dreary thesis- derived from and distorting the beliefs of the founders of existentialism, Jaspers, Heldegger and Kierkegaard, etc. He had been involved (with others) in a first English translation of the Bible that so angered both church and state that he was posthumously excommunicated, and his body exhumed, burnt and disposed of in a river. It traces the challenges they faced, ranging from minute textual ambiguities to the sweep of style and stark differences in form and thought between the earliest biblical writings and the latest, and explains the bearing these have on some of the most profound questions of faith- the nature of God, the existence of the soul and possibility of its salvation. The essence of a religious approach to the world, it seems to me, is to be found, not in the imposition of theological dogma, but in the recognition of what is actually there. Greek and Latin literature can reach sublime sophistication; and yet much ancient literary theory has a functional-equivalence, GNB attitude to content (what “facts” you convey) and form (how you “clothe” facts with words).I'd say, however, that while the reading is accessible, it is very much written by an academic and I suspect that it would be found most interesting - and accessible - by those who have an academic background.

He is co-editor of The Oxford Bible Commentary, and his previous book A History of the Bible won the Duff Cooper Prize for nonfiction. The latest iteration of the Methodist’s ‘Inclusive Language Guide’, suggests replacing ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with neutral terms to avoid offence. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. For much of Jewish and almost all of Christian history, however, most believers have understood scripture not in the languages in which it was first written but rather in their own - in translation.An expert panel discusses the introduction of Prayers of Love and Faith and blessings for same-sex couples. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. I know my understanding of the specifics of The Word was only partial, but I also found that partial understanding very worthwhile.

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