From: John M. Tait (
Date: Fri Nov 20 1998 - 15:01:43 EST

As a new subscriber to this list, I thought I'd introduce myself.

I'm a graduate in Religious Studies ("comparative religion") though my
specialization was Christian Origins - largely New and Old Testament
studies, including Greek and Hebrew. The other expertise of the department
was Primal religion, and my main interest in that field was the religion of
the Lakota (Sioux). I come from Shetland originally, but now live in Banff
- a small town on the Murray coast in the North East of Scotland, about 50
miles north of Aberdeen. I'm married with two children. I have an amateur
interest in linguistics, in particular my native Shetlandic and the closely
related Scots of the area in which I now live. I'm interested in Biblical
translation, and have in the past translated Mark's Gospel and parts of the
Odyssey into Shetlandic from Greek - hopefully in the next few weeks I'll
find time to edit these and put them on my Shetlandic website, the address
of which is below.

I look forward to picking your brains!

An initial query: I was surprised to find that the Translator's New
Testament (The British and Foreign Bible Society, 1973) translates THS
SARKOS in 1 Cor 5:5 as "of his _body_" without a note. I'm aware of the
view that SARX here refers to the physical rather than the sinful nature,
but "body" seems to me to be rather interpretative in a text intended for
translation purposes. Any illumination?

John M. Tait.


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