God Didn't Say That

Bible Translations and Mistranslations

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