[B-Greek] Jn 2.4 and translation practices

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Sun Nov 19 23:07:35 EST 2006


Date sent:      	Sun, 19 Nov 2006 18:28:24 -0800 (PST)
From:           	George F Somsel <gfsomsel at yahoo.com>
To:             	b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject:        	[B-Greek] Jn 2.4 and translation practices

> [KAI LEGEI AUTHi hO IHSOUS, "TI EMOI KAI SOI, GUNAI?  OUPW hHKEI hH
> hWRA MOU."
> 
> When we encounter KURIOS in some texts we translate it as "sir" or
> "Mr.", but there seems to be no term of respect  used for women.  I
> would propose that GUNH in some contexts should be translated as
> "Miss" rather than "woman."  It has always seemed rather disrespectful
> to hear Jesus address his mother as "woman" though it would seem that
> the disrespect is more in the English than in the Greek.  The use of
> "Miss" or "Mrs." or "Lady"  would eliminate this seeming lack of
> respect.
> 
Or "Ma'am" would sound most polite, I think.  "Miss" would hardly 
do for one's mother, and "Mrs" isn't usually used without a family 
name following.





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