Re: post.prepared for anglican (reversible translation)

From: Lee R. Martin (
Date: Thu May 22 1997 - 02:17:10 EDT

Micheal Palmer wrote:
> recently read the introduction to a very non-literal new translation which
> made the claim 'This is a translation, not a paraphrase.' Well, the editors
> either didn't know the meanings of the terms or they were being
> intentionally deceptive, since by virtually anyone's definition their work
> IS a paraphrase.

Dear Michael,

I would disagree with your statement above. Such a translation is not a
paraphrase of the Hebrew/Greek, rather it is a paraphrase of their
translation. First, they translated the original text, then they
paraphrased their translation.

Lee R. Martin
Adjunct Faculty in Old Testament and Hebrew
Church of God School of Theology
Cleveland, TN 37311
Pastor, Prospect Church of God

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