From: B.J. Williamson (Hellen_ic@hotmail.com)
Date: Sat May 20 2000 - 23:10:14 EDT
I think those reading translations have a general understanding that they
are not reading the original. It almost appears to me that we may have
unrealistic expectations of producing a "translation."
Unfortunately, translating is not an entirely objective science. For
example, you may "translate" a particular participle as concessive, whereas
someone else may "translate" the same participle differently. Also, you may
translate a word significantly different than someone else's translation of
it (to say nothing of how both of you might interpret your translations).
At times there seems to be a misconception among non-Greek people that
there is such a thing as "The Correct" translation. I have found that no
matter how complete one's translation is, that's just the beginning.
Translations are not self-explanatory. In fact, Originals are not
To some extent, I think I agree with your caution, but we may need to
clearly define, and therefore distinquish, the difference between
"translation (the words)" and "interpretion (the meaning)."
Additionally, I was not exactly clear on where you were headed with
the pastor in the pulpit idea, or the question asked about translating
something into English as the wrong question.
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