Re: translating and inclusive language

From: Mark Goodacre (
Date: Tue Sep 09 1997 - 06:29:27 EDT

Jonathan Robie suggests the following translation:

>Mark 4:23 "If anyone has ears to hear with, listen up!"

I like this, and agree about the ironic humour. I felt sure that I
had heard a translation like this somewhere, and have looked around,
but all I can find is something a bit like it in the Good News Bible
(not always the ideal place to go to when looking for help with
translating Greek!):

'Listen, then, if you have ears!'

But this of course loses something of EI TIS . . . by
bringing in 'you'. So Jonathan's translation is preferable.


Dr Mark Goodacre
Department of Theology
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

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