[b-hebrew] NWT's approach of consistent translation
Awohili at aol.com
Awohili at aol.com
Sun Nov 20 20:29:00 EST 2005
Which "grammatical rule" is that, Steve? In the NWT Reference Bible's
appendix 1D, it is stated that use of the Tetragram in their NT is determined by
(a) "where the inspired Christian writers have quoted verses, passages, or
expressions from the Hebrew Scriptures [and] whether the divine name appears
there," and (b) whether there is "agreement from the Hebrew [New Testament
translations] to confirm our rendering." As for 1 Corinthians 7:17, the appendix
states that "context and related texts strongly support rendering the divine
name [there]." No appeal is made to any "grammatical rule."
As for 1 Corinthians 12:3 -- I presume you mean in a Hebrew version of the
New Testament -- "haAdohn" (the Lord) is not used in the older Delitzsch Hebrew
version, merely "adohn (Lord)." The UBS Hebrew version does use "haAdohn,"
but that is their judgment call, since the Greek text of 1 Corinthians 12:3
does not use the definite article here (i.e., not hO KURIOS, "the Lord"), but
merely has KURIOS ("Lord")..
Therefore, the older Delitzsch Hebrew translation is closer to the Greek
text, and there was no textual reason, in either Greek or putative Hebrew, to
render 1 Corinthians 12:3 to read "Jesus is Jehovah."
In a message dated 11/20/2005 2:16:39 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
schmuel at nyc.rr.com writes:
According to their own grammatical rule, haAdohn  is translated as Jehovah
at 1 Corinthians 4:19 and 1 Corinthians 7:17. .....the New World Bible
Translation Committee did not follow their own rule at 1 Corinthians 11:23,
Philippians 2:11, or Luke 24:34.
1 Corinthians 12:3
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of
God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is Jehovah, but
by the Holy Ghost.
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