Here are a few passages I found interesting in Jason BeDuhn’s Truth in Translation. Overall I recommend it highly, especially for Christians but. by. Jason David BeDuhn. · Rating details · 75 ratings · 13 reviews. Written with the student and interested public in mind, Truth in Translation aims to explain. Jason BeDuhn knows that adding “other” to the text does not show that [ BeDuhn, “Truth in Translation” p] So what exactly are objectors to.

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Trasnlation is obnoxious to them because it draws attention to the fact that Jesus is of creation and so when Jesus acts with respect to all things he is actually acting with respect to all other things. Json other translations, which along with the NAB do not indicate additions to the text in any way, slip interpretations and glosses into the text.

The fact that they do not, and apparently cannothave “Jehovah” in these three passages underscores the problem with the whole idea of using “Jehovah” in the New Testament. But it would mean that the translator editorialized the translation to imply a difference in status between Jesus and God which the Gospel writers did not make.

This is a fantastically important book for all those seriously interested in what the Bible actually says. For those of us who come from this Protestant tradition, let’s take a break and talk about some of the issues that we face in translation bias.

So, generally speaking, a Greek definite noun will have a form of the definite article howhich will become “the” in English. But the NWT is correct. In that context, the translation is to do obedience. Well, I was looking at books today and noticed the Truth in Translation book. Why is that so?

But just as importantly, I have an attitude that puts me at a distinct advantage to write a book such as this. He holds a B. It is entirely appropriate that we use Scripture to defend our position. Betti rated it liked it Aug 04, As a reader, we are free to accept, modify or reject his point of view, but there is still much he can teach each of us in this final area also.


Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament

Description Written with the student and interested public in mind, Truth in Translation aims to explain what is involved and what is at stake in Bible translation.

Again, removal of that bias will trith a translation of Colossians 1 which describes the person of Jesus with the intensity intended by Paul. Overall, I think the book has helped me to look at translation work more critically.

I cannot say why the NWT editors abandoned their principle of conjectural emendation in these five cases; it trsnslation no difference in the meaning of the text.

No two languages are identical in structure grammar or vocabulary. And the Word was. This brings us back to John 1: Do you remember BeDuhn’s statement earlier in which he said.

It may very well be that the NW translators came to the task of translating John 1: This chapter is concerned with the way in which the Greek word pneuma spirit is translated into English in the New Testament. Hebrew translations of the Greek.

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Not that I do NOT listen to theologians, but there easily are many arguments based on “tradition”, “church fathers”, “all of us” etc. According to this chapter, the processes of translation includes “Formal Equivalence,” “Dynamic Equivalence” and “Paraphrase. Bias in this case is unavoidable for any tganslation from Greek to English. There are passages where many translators have interpreted the gesture referred to by the Greek term proskuneo as implying “worship.

Another set of samples might yield some different configuration of results. I don’t know how they do it, but they have been around for years.

In this book, the associate professor of religious studies at Northern Arizona University, examines key areas of translation in nine popular English language New Testaments that represent a cross-section of different denominational efforts.

It is perfectly legitimate for those various interpretations to be made and maintained on the basis of a biblical text that does not preclude them. On a first level, the translation principles BeDuhn describes are objective and are of extreme value. He says that, ” All is commonly used in Greek as a hyperbole ” and that ” The ‘other’ is assumed.

It is simply impossible to translate the entire NT with no interpretive bias. As a definite noun, “God” corresponds to the Greek ho theos lexically “the god”which also is used often as the proper noun “God” in both the New Testament and other Greek literature from the same time.


Until that time, it is by definition unproven. However, our translators must discipline themselves in order to avoid theological bias. In this book, BeDuhn takes into account the nine bible translations that are most widely in use in the English-speaking world, and compares the biases present in each of the translations.

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Having concluded that the NWT is one of the most accurate English translations of the New Testament currently available, I would be remiss if I did not mention one peculiarity of this translation that by most conventions of translation would be considered an inaccuracy, however little this inaccuracy changes the meaning of most of the verses where it appears. In the process, the translators will do far less damage to the intent of the Gospel writer.

After defining New Testament translation bias, the author uses selected passages from nine well-known English versions as examples of translation bias.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. To begin with, it was a fresh idea. I read this book a few months ago trying to hold on to my faith. Concern about the translation is nonsensical under this light. Yet, the development of religious thought within conservative Protestantism strongly reflects this empirical ideal. I am a committed historian dedicated to discovering what Christians said and did two thousand years ago. Both practices violate accuracy in favor of denominationally preferred expression for God.

I think that the qualitative force of the predicate is so prominent that the noun cannot be regarded a definite.

The second basis for using “Jehovah” relies upon a set of texts that similarly employ a form of “Jehovah” in particular passages of the New Testament. To do otherwise runs the risk of undoing something important that the New Testament authors wished to convey by the way they quote the Old Testament.

Let our translators not bias Translwtion 1: