Re: Couple o' quick questions

From: Jim West (jwest@Highland.Net)
Date: Tue Jun 23 1998 - 10:41:43 EDT

At 09:19 AM 6/23/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Does anybody know of a good book or article that deals with semitic
language influence on the New
>Testament or LXX?

If you can find anything by Joseph Fitzmyer, you will find it most useful.
Also, Matthew Black is a very important scholar along these lines. If you
read German, you will need to get Hans Huebner's "Biblische Theologie des
Neuen Testaments".
You can find all the relevant books by these guys (except the German stuff)
at (those still in print anyway and most of those out of print as

>Also, is there a rule of translating similar to Occam's Razor, that the
simplest explanation is the
>most likely?

In translating one must always be careful to observe the context. The
simplest meaning, therefore, is not always the most correct. Translating is
as much art as it is skill, and the artist must always be more attentive to
the canvas than the rules. (Nevertheless, the rules are important, just as
the edge of the canvas serves to warn the painter that he has passed the
boundaries of what is possible).




Jim West, ThD
Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
Adjunct Professor of Bible,
Quartz Hill School of Theology

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