[B-Greek] Jn 7:22 DIA TOUTO
iver_larsen at sil.org
Sun Nov 5 03:24:28 EST 2006
>> Now, the main reason (DIA TOUTO 2) that I prefer this analysis for the other one, is that I
>> make DIA TOUTO in the beginning of the next sentence make any sense at all.
> That's actually a pretty good reason to deem this solution plausible. I thank you for the
> further clarification, and I find this much more persuasive than I did previously.
> I wonder, however, why you object to "for that reason" as English for DIA TOUTO here: what's
> wrong with "I've done one thing -- and for that you all marvel."
There is nothing wrong with the translation you suggest. In fact, I like it - precisely because
English often lends itself to final position emphasis, and the emphasis in this sentence ought to be
on "you all marvel" rather than the reason "and for/because of that". Similarly in the first
sentence, the focus is on "one thing/act" rather than "I've done." The interesting thing from a
translation point of view (excuse me for being a translator) is that very often the focus in English
is best carried over by inverting the word order in relation to the Greek original. Another nail to
the coffin of the "accuracy" of literal translations that strive to keep the original word order as
much as possible.
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