[b-greek] Re: EIS in Acts 2:39

From: Polycarp66@aol.com
Date: Tue Mar 05 2002 - 23:15:33 EST

In a message dated 3/5/2002 10:52:53 PM Eastern Standard Time,
cauley@airmail.net writes:

For example, sometimes EIS means "into" and sometimes it means "unto." The
translators could have translated Acts 2:38 "into" and been consistent with
the meaning of the word, but to translate the word "into" in verse 39
doesn't seem to work, but "unto" does. It is almost like motion toward, but
not yet completed.

You can't expect one English word to be able to the same Greek word in every
instance (This is what you're trying to do, isn't it?). Suppose, e.g., you
lived centuries from now and were trying to translate the English sentence
"He is red." Although there is a connection between the color red and the
communist party, a person in the future might not be aware of this. Thus it
might be necessary to use a different word from whatever word would be used
to designate the color "red". It simply isn't possible to plug a word from a
target language in to replace a word in the source language consistently in
every case.

This is probably "as clear as mud", but I HOPE I've addressed your question.


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