Translation Studies

Brent Hudson brent at
Fri Sep 7 18:14:33 EDT 2001

I would further suggest reading Moises Silva's "Miblical words and there
meaning: an introduction to lexical semantics" or J.P. Louw's "Semantics of
NT Greek".  Silva's book in particular not only points out the various
errors but also shows the student how to do word studies in a linguistically
responsible manner.


-----Original Message-----
From: Steven R. Lo Vullo [mailto:doulos at]
Sent: September 7, 2001 6:57 PM
To: Biblical Greek
Subject: [b-greek] Re: Translation Studies

on 9/7/01 8:26 AM, David Haeuser at haeuser at wrote:

> But Jim, it looks to me like the handing of the scroll to Jesus takes
> before it is unrolled or the place is found, then Jesus finds the place,
> hEUREN TON TOPON. Wouldn't that be a little difficult for an illiterate
> person in a scroll several yards long? And where in the New Testament does
> the meaning "recite" fit the context as well as "read"? Isn't the proposed
> meaning rather an example of the etymological fallacy? Does the blessing
> Rev. 1:3 come only to those who are able to recite from memory the words
> the prophecy?
> Bultmann, in the TWNT, while saying that the basic meaning es "to know
> exactly" or "to recognize", also says that "for the most part it is used
> with the sense of reading or public reading", and specifically refers to
> Luke 4:13 as an example of cultic reading of the OT. I can't see that
> he or BAGD gives any example of the meaning you have given it in Luke

I mentioned in my earlier post the book _Exegetical Fallacies_ by D.A.
Carson, in which is a helpful chapter on word study fallacies that includes
"The root fallacy," which corresponds to what you refer to as "the
etymological fallacy." Your second paragraph reminded me of another section
in that same chapter that applies to the question at hand: "4. Appeal to
unknown or unlikely meanings."

Steve Lo Vullo
Madison, WI

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