[B-Greek] Jn 2.4 and translation practices

Elliot Poe Elliot.Poe at gmail.com
Thu Nov 23 11:02:33 EST 2006


Since no exact equivalent exists, "my dear" works for me (in most 
cases).  It is far preferable to "woman," since "woman" connotes 
disrespect when used as a form of address.

A happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it.

Yours,
Elliot

George F Somsel wrote:

>Meet Mr. Nobody.  In some situations (such as when Jesus is speaking to his mother) I think it might be very appropriate.
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>From: Carl W. Conrad <cwconrad at artsci.wustl.edu>
>To: RRedden604 at aol.com
>Cc: b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org
>Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:35:56 PM
>Subject: Re: [B-Greek] Jn 2.4 and translation practices
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>Nobody's very comfortable with this. My suggestion: "my dear."
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>On Nov 22, 2006, at 1:45 PM, RRedden604 at aol.com wrote:
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>>The NET Bible leaves "woman" there, and wrestles with the  
>>connotation in
>>English in a note.  There may be a significance for Jesus' use of  
>>GUNAI in  Jn.
>>2:4, et al, and English readers need to face the challenges as well as
>>translators in my opinion.
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>>On the other hand, if this is unsatisfactory, I see no real  
>>objection to  the
>>use of lady instead of woman, since M&W give, as the third   
>>definition,
>>"WOMAN, FEMALE   often used in a courteous reference  *show the  
>>lady to a seat* or
>>usually in the plural in address *ladies and  gentlemen*."  Once  
>>again, in a
>>translation, a footnote would be  essential.
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