Re: Translation versus commentary
I don't see double negatives as a problem for literal translation.
No requirement is involved that words match one-to-one.
Just as one UMIN corresponds to two words TO YOU,
Two words OU MH or OU ... OU can correspond to one NOT.
As I said, it's not just a transcribed interlinear.
[Broman's four-square wooden bible] | [NIV]
John 3: 3
Jesus answered and said to him, | In reply Jesus declared,
"Amen, amen I say to you, | "I tell you the truth,
if someone is not born from above, | no one can see the kingdom of God,
he will not be able to see | unless he is born again.
the kingdom of God."
By comparing the columns, one can see that Jesus had a strange, archaic way
of saying "I tell you the truth", and one could also guess that there is a
question whether "from above" might mean "by heavenly means" or might be a
dead metaphor for "again". Both the ambiguity and the interpretation
process are illustrated.
I have no interest in a commercial venture -- there are plenty of Bibles
for sale already -- but I haven't seen this kind of approach ever tried.
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