From: Adam, Professor AKM (AKM.Adam@PTSEM.EDU)
Date: Mon Sep 14 1998 - 12:53:57 EDT
I agree that "Damn you" misses the force of OUAI, and that "Woe to you" is
principally used in deliberate archaizing. What I'd look for is something
stronger than "Too bad for you," or "Tough luck," for which only a vulgarism
comes to mind. . . .
Grace and peace,
A K M Adam
Princeton Theological Seminary
"Fiction brings truth to history."
> From: Jane Harper
> Sent: Monday, September 14, 1998 11:39 AM
> To: Biblical Greek
> Cc: Biblical Greek
> Subject: Re: OUAI = "DAMN"?
> > I'm just starting to look at these passages. At first blush, though, I
> > don't think that the translation "damned" can be justified, at least not
> > an exclusive meaning of the term. A quick browse makes me think that
> > is a very good translation.
> I'm no fan of the JS, but my impression of the Scholars' Version is that
> are attempting to render the Greek into *idiomatic* English, as if we were
> listening to Jesus preaching today. When was the last time anybody heard
> words "woe to you" in conversational English? If "damn" doesn't carry the
> sense of the Greek, we must look elsewhere than to "woe" in order to make
> translation into contemporary idiom, don't you think?
> Jane Harper firstname.lastname@example.org
> Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
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