Re: post.prepared for anglican (reversible translation)

From: Lee R. Martin (
Date: Thu May 22 1997 - 10:43:49 EDT

Paul Zellmer wrote:
> Lee R. Martin wrote:
> >
> > Comparing "paraphrase" to "translation" is like comparing apples to
> > oranges. They do not belong in the same discussion. Paraphrase is the
> > attempt to restate a meaning in different words. This principle applies
> > only within the same language.
> Lee,
> In the purest form of the definition, I agree with your "same-language"
> definition. However, in actual practice, the word "paraphrase" has been
> used to describe translations based on translations, e.g.,
> Koine-->English-->minority language.

Translators certainly use "paraphrase" in this way, but it is
misleading, as we can plainly see from the posts on this list. A
double-step translation is no more a paraphrase than a single-step
translation. It is a translation of a translation. Of course the
translators may then add the further process of paraphrasing their

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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