[B-Greek] Wescott-Hort interlinear or NT
glendenpriddle at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 3 18:21:34 EST 2005
You seem to give a favorable light to "a
consistent translation. E.g. The Greek word PSYCHE
will always be
as 'soul' in the English."
Just one word of caution (not literally "one" word),
if you were translating the Spanish llave (not real
sure of the correct spelling) which can mean "key"
"faucet" or "wrench" in English and you wanted to be
"consistent" so you translated it "key" in every
context...I don't think any of us would consider that
a favorable translation.
I would like to add one more extremely important work
for those working with the issue of translating Greek:
Peter Silzer and Thomas Finley "How Biblical Languages
Work." The shocker is that they work like OTHER
--- Paul Rembach <prembach at ourmail.ch> wrote:
> To answer your question on the 'accuracy' of the
> "Kingdom Interlinear"
> published by the Watch Tower Society, i.e. Jehovah's
> Witnesses, this is what
> you will get. Unfortunately I am out of town so I
> can't cite any examples
> from it.
> The approach of the English in the interlinear is
> very literal. By this I
> mean that a given Greek word in any given English
> translation would normally
> be translated idiomatically. However the
> interlinear (in some or in all
> instances I can't recall) breaks words down into
> their constituent parts
> e.g. preposition and the word it is prefixed to, and
> cites the meaning of
> each one separately, i.e. it is very literal. But I
> am going on memory only
> and it is quite a while since I last looked at the
> English in the
> interlinear text of the copy I have. Should you
> want an idiomatic
> translation then you can go to the parallel text,
> the 'side panel' for that.
> Now for the good news. What you will find in the
> "Kingdom Interlinear" is a
> consistent translation. E.g. The Greek word PSYCHE
> will always be rendered
> as 'soul' in the English. Contrast that with less
> literal translations
> where you could find words such as life, person, and
> living being as well as
> 'Accuracy' is to a large extent subjective, as it
> depends on the purpose for
> which you choose any translation. Having seen a
> number of your posts to
> B-Greek, and from these getting an idea where you
> are in the process of
> learning Greek, I think that the "Kingdom
> Interlinear" will suit your
> purposes fine, as your current need is to have a WH
> text to read along with
> the audio, and now and then you will need to look at
> the English. On the
> odd occasion that you find a too literal rendering
> in the interlinear, you
> can get a less literal = more idiomatic translation
> from the side panel.
> In a nutshell, you will not learn any bad Greek from
> this publication.
> Rather, for a person with your current needs, I
> think that the disadvantage
> of a too literal translation will be outweighed by
> the advantage of having a
> consistent translation, aside of course, from having
> the right Greek text
> for using along with the audio.
> Keep up with your Greek. I am sure that you inspire
> and motivate many who
> subscribe to this list, but who are a little less
> determined than you.
> Paul Daniel Rembach
> prembach at ourmail.ch
> ORIGINAL MESSAGE
> Does anyone know where I can purchase a Wescott-Hort
> I've heard that the Jehovah Witnesses are the only
> ones that publish a
> Wescott-Hort as the "Kingdom Interlinear".
> I'm not interested in getting into a discussion of
> the Watch Tower Bible
> Translation or Jehovah Witness theology. All I want
> to know is if the
> Interlinear has accurate English words under the
> Greek words, of if I will
> learning bad GREEK from it. Not the translation in
> the sidebar! Just the
> interlinear itself. Is it a good interlinear as far
> as an opinion of an
> classical professor?
> All I want is a Wescott-Hort to read along in, as I
> listen to the Phemister
> and Tyler recordings of the NT, both of which use
> the W-H. I don't care if
> it's an interlinear, just the Greek, or with a
> translation in the sidebar.
> just don't want to accidently learn bad Greek if I
> see inaccurate English,
> under the Greek as I'm reading along.
> Kat Doe
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