God Didn't Say That

Bible Translations and Mistranslations

My Sister, My Bride

Dr. Joel M. Hoffman on Bible Translation:

With some reluctance — and with renewed appreciation for people who spend their professional lives in front of a camera — I’m posting this short video excerpt in which I discuss what can go wrong in Bible translation.

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March 24, 2010 Posted by | translation practice, translation theory, video | , , , , | 6 Comments

Walking the Fine Line of Translation

Thanks to Naomi of Storahtelling for pointing out this ancient (mid-first-millennium AD) thought about translation, from the Babylonian Talmud (Kiddushin 49a):

Rabbi Judah said: One who translates a verse according to its form is a liar; and one who adds anything commits blasphemy and sacrilege.

(my translation from the Aramaic)

Plus ça change…

March 24, 2010 Posted by | translation theory | , , , , | 1 Comment