[B-Greek] translation strategies

Michael Aubrey mga318 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 24 20:39:28 EDT 2009

It'd be great if you explained this statement this:

"I think translation strategies are the key to explaining the GNT, no -- the only way to explain the GNT."

From: "edmishoe at yahoo.com" <edmishoe at yahoo.com>
To: Dr. Don Wilkins <drdwilkins at verizon.net>
Cc: Michael Aubrey <mga318 at yahoo.com>; Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com>; B Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 5:32:39 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] translation  strategies

Dr. Wilkins:

First of all, thank you for reading my Subject line. Carl and Michael apparently in haste forgot to read the NEW thread I started, which can still be seen above in the Subject line.

I think Carl is out in left field anyways (but see next paragraph), and Michael is way out in right field, where the juiced up Bond's hits the deep ball. After all, it was Michael who said, "But we're not talking about translation here, at this moment on this list." Please feel free to recuse yourself if you are offended by my thread, but translation strategies was all I was talking about.

Carl is the most brilliant Greek scholar, not only out here on this list, but in the world. If he disagrees with me, I would highly recommend you take Carl's side. 

But, since Dr. Wilkins was the only one to read the Subject line this time, I must address his question out of courtesy, something I've been a little short on with the others.

Dr. Wilkins asks:

Would I be right in inferring that you (Eddie) favor "thought-for-thought" translation if it is deemed accurate?

When I went to Bible College many years ago, we were told to pick between Calvinism or Arminianism. I found myself in a dilemma, since I didn't like either one. Same with how do we translate (and for Carl and Michael, not "how do we understand Greek," the translator should already have 2 PhDs and 50 years of Greek under his belt; both of you should know better, hence, no mercy was extended to you).

To translate means to get the ENTIRE meaning of the original text over to the target text, using every means available (and any others), such as paraphrase, expanded translation, literal, allegorical, poetic, prophetic, historical, put visuals in there if need be, just get it right, etc, etc, etc. 

Can this (get the ENTIRE meaning) ever be done? No. But that is intuitively obvious, and a perfect and complete translation is never the goal of translators or the expectation of the readers. 

I'm not aware of the KJV Only issue being taken seriously at the scholarly level. So, I really can't comment on that.

Dinner's ready.

Eddie Mishoe

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