[Linux4christians] Conservative Bible Project?
pastordavid at bibleseven.com
Wed Oct 7 22:00:03 EDT 2009
After my observations, conversations with professors, and a
chat with one of the authors of a commentary on the NASB -
plus interacting with the translator's notes in the NET - I
am more than ever persuaded that God sovereignly calls and
equips a rare few for the work of translation and the rest
of us owe them a great deal of respect.
The complexities and depth necessary for even a minimally-
legitimate translation from Greek to English or Hebrew to
English is mind-boggling - demanding a lifetime of study not
only of the academics of the language but also of the time-
fixed culture and more.
I automatically dismiss anything a non-translator claims
about a private understanding (contrary to the work of true
translators) from the Greek or Hebrew - such is IMHO so
implausible as to defy confidence.
I trust that God is active in the process of the work of
honest and qualified translators (not those engaged in a
silly undertaking such as the JW and Mormon "bibles") and
instead focus my efforts on understanding and teaching
others in the language and culture I understand best -
> Timothy Butler wrote:
> On Oct 7, 2009, at 7:36 PM, Pastor David wrote:
>> I observed at the seminary, and at a Bible college where I taught,
>> that 2 years of Greek and Hebrew sprouted little more than arrogance
>> and error. I am uncertain of the claims to expertise among this group
>> but expect that they major on arrogance thus their product is likely
>> to be well-seeded with error.
> I think I may have been the only one to claim Greek and Hebrew
> knowledge, but I'd emphasized I noted I am by far from a master of it. I
> know enough to kludge my way around Hebrew and make OK judgements on
> Greek, however. Of course, I've spent significantly more time with Greek
> (college -- but not Bible college, just an interesting secular school
> that thought doing Koine Greek might serve as useful -- and seminary).
> I always mean to get around to drilling enough to become really good
> at it. One day, maybe, I shall.
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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