[B-Greek] Dr. Buth's statement on 'fluency'
mitchlarramore at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 30 18:38:45 EDT 2007
--- Kevin Riley <klriley at alphalink.com.au> wrote:
... what is wrong with the
> more literal "The crowd
> having seen him/seeing him, they were amazed"? We
> have participles in
> English, we know how they work, so why go for a more
> explicit translation
> that puts you through this trauma? The participles
> are one of the things
> that make the Greek language so wonderful. When you
> replace them with more
> explicit phrases you destroy part of the spirit of
> the language.
Kevin: This approach is something I can get from
reading an English translation. After reading my
English translations, I feel like I have the 'general'
sense of a passage. What I'm looking for in the Greek
is the "deep structure" or the nuances that English
translations do not capture. To read the participle as
you suggest, at least as far as I can see, would
direct me toward a more English understanding. Sounds
like to me I'm not understanding the idea of
"fluency." By fluency, I just want to be autonomous,
not dependent upon another scholar to set me straight.
I don't see how speaking Koine would help me in that respect.
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