re: Re: Translating XRISTOS

From: Eric Weiss (
Date: Mon Sep 11 1995 - 11:32:24 EDT

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Comments by: Eric Weiss@OSP@ACF.DAL

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THE JEWISH NEW TESTAMENT by David Stern uses Messiah instead of Christ, and
also, if I recall correctly, uses other Jewish terms in place of "Christian"
ones where possible.

The argument could be extended beyond whether or not one should translate
Christos as "Christ" or "Messiah" to whether or not one should translate all
"Jewish" terms in the New Testament in as Jewish a way as possible:

   Should nomos be translated as "law" or as "Torah"?

   Should persons' names (including Jesus') be transliterated Hebrew forms,
   rather than anglicized Latin/Greek forms, so the readers will be properly
   reminded that they're reading JEWISH documents?

   Should wordplays which are only apparent in the Greek be transliterated,
   rather than translated (e.g., Jesus' calling Peter "Rock" and Nicodemus'
   confusion over Jesus saying one must be born "anwthen")?

   If you're going to say "Jesus the Messiah" rather than "Jesus Christ," why
   not say "Y'shua the Messiah" (or better yet, "Mashiach")?

   Should English names that use a soft "C" be rewritten with "K" to more
   properly reflect the pronunciation of the Greek (e.g., Acts 8:27
   "Kandake" rather than "Candace") and to remind one that these are
   documents from another time and place?

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