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.
Those people who are interested in studying the Bible, especially the New Testament, should read this book. One is that Jesus’ name is above every name but Jehovah’s.
In the New World Translationthe translators have interpreted proskuneo as though Jesus is not divine but God is.
Truth in Translation : Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament
I feel that to treat these two on the same level obscures the complexities involved in translation. While he seems to view this as a virtue, particularly in the context of translation work, one has to question what kind of epistemology allows this type of writing. Yet, it is no more, or no less, bias if that same translation then uses “worship” with either one or both Jesus and God.
As noted in paragraph 3 above, it is incumbent on the New World Translation translators to consistently render this construction in English in a way which similarly identifies any to whom this Greek form applies.
Terry Carpenter rated it it was amazing Nov 18, In gruth little of life do we actually live that way. BeDuhn’s selection of passages to translatiion demonstrates translatiom certain bias.
The second interpretation is that Jesus was given the name “Lord” from the Septuagint which Jews of the day understood to mean Jehovah.
For example, the Greek used in the original New Testament manuscripts did not use lower case letters, whereas English uses both upper and lower case letters. What I appreciated about the book was the idea that just because most translations handle a passage in a certain way doesn’t mean that that is the most accurate way to handle it. I find linguists not to have that bias, as beDuhn and Kedar show.
Commenting on three translations, BeDuhn says. This will include the added words which BeDuhn has italicized.
If we assume that BeDuhn’s statement is true, we are then confronted with Harner’s statement, “that ho logos no less than ho theos had the nature of theos. By being mechanically literal, the New World Translation has achieved a biased translation which substantially reduces the translayion of John’s statement.
Excerpts from BeDuhn’s Truth in Translation
The NWT cites various texts of this sort, referred to with a “J” followed by a number. Nov 27, Steve rated it really liked it. In many cases, what translators have seen as necessary implicit words have been biased attempts to make the passage agree with their own theology. The Word Group in the New Testament.
In the NIV, the translators have first of all replaced the of of the phrase firstborn of creation with over.
Truyh is not that we would expect obedience before God to be anything other than adoration. First, we note the Greek phrase that includes the word prototokos which is translated firstborn.
That was the sense of the early assertion that Jesus was “of the same substance” as the Father. But it is uason to read and I am not giving it as a serious suggestion. If the expression refers to the mediation of creation though Christ, it cannot be saying at the same time that He was created as the first creature.
The book serves to inform readers of the forces at work shaping the meaning of the Bible, to help in their selection of Bible translations, and to act as a critical catalyst for the improvement of Bible jasson through more careful attention to the risk of bias in the translation process.
In the interests of reaching the broadest possible audience with their message, the New Testament authors use universal titles such as “God” and “Lord,” rather than the specifically Jewish name for God, which Jews themselves did not want spoken aloud, anyway. Would we expect Paul to qualify this passage with his own “all other things” if Jesus was not eternal and the all was to be understood as hyperbole?
But that is exactly where bias is most likely to interfere with translation. The “J references” were expanded somewhat for the Kingdom Interlinear Translation edition. Dr BeDuhn neither represents nor endorses any particular denomination of Christianity.
Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. My father even had one out when I went to see him last weekend, and made mention several times that most secularscholars think that the NWT is the most accurate. In many cases, however, the best course of action would be to leave imprecision in the English verses at the same level as the Greek author left it in the autograph.
A comprehensive review of Truth in Translation by Jason BeDuhn.
Behind the debate regarding the present-day Translatoon word worship is the notion that the being before whom the homage is performed is deity. In these cases, the alteration most certainly does change the meaning of the verse in question. Needless to say, because the New World Translation avoids any recognition of “personhood” of the spirit, BeDuhn strongly favors its wording when translating “spirit” or “holy spirit. Nine translations were chosen actually 7, the other 2 are paraphrases and therefore not true translations and comparisons were made as to strict adherence to the original intent of the language of the New Testament, or more correctly, the Greek Scriptures the books from Matthew through Revelation.
Beduhn does, however, seems to rely too much on the modifiers “wooden” and “tendentious” in his critiques of the nine translations of New Testament. He has always been alive and is himself God. Lists with This Book. Do not underestimate the importance of the “J reference” textual apparatus, nor the time it must have taken to develop it. To do otherwise puts the translator in a position of interpreting the passage according to translatiin theological bias. On page 34 of the book, regarding the New American Bible, BeDuhn says “One might assume a distinctly Catholic bias in the finished product.
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