[B-Greek] Spirit or spirit(NWT)

gene baker ekbaker at essex1.com
Thu Feb 27 19:28:43 EST 2003

"To each major word we have assigned one meaning and have held to that
meaning as far as the context permitted."

  It seems to me that assigning a single meaning to each major word,
although it is certainly tempting, is going to guarantee a lot of inaccurate
translation.  We simply can't do that with Greek any more than we can with
English.  If I were to say, "I'm a fireman and missed riding on the fire
truck because I was late to the fire station since my car was only firing on
3 cylinders and if I'm late again I'm sure to be fired," nearly all speakers
of English would understand perfectly what I said.  If a translator insisted
on using "fire" in the same sense each time it appeared, the readers would
almost certainly misunderstand.

  How I wish we could simply plug in an equivalent and be sure we got it


  Gene Baker
  Sterling, IL

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