veil

Bryan Rocine 596547 at ican.net
Mon Jul 13 08:50:42 EDT 1998


Dear Lewis,

At 12:41 AM 7/13/98 -0400, you wrote:
>On 8 Jul 98, at 13:45, B Rocine wrote:

>> LEST you think I am arguing that we should honor etymology over context
in
>> our translation, let me explain.  My thoughts on _Paroket_ prefer
neither
>> etymology nor context.  The etymology(to be harsh, severe) is consistent
>> with the context(a barrier between people and the Lord).  In fact, the
>> context *implies* the etymology.  I believe it is good translatyion and
>> exegesis carry etymology and context together, and there is no reason
why we
>> can't with _Paroket_.
>
>I'd be curious to know what evidence there is that the root means "to be 
>harsh, severe" other than the rather enigmatic use of the word "b'pharekh"
to 
>describe the labor imposed on the Israelites.  
>

Eze 34:4, Lev 25:53 are pretty clear.

>> LEST you think I am merely arguing for a more literal translation than
>> "veil," let me explain that, too.  There is nothing more or less literal
in
>> either "veil" or "barrier."  "Barrier" is more precise, not more
literal. 

>Since "barrier" in English connotes something solid rather than a fabric,
it 
>seems to me rather less accurate than, say, "curtain".  

It is indeed inadvisable to impose theology upon the translation of a
particular word, a crime for which I am not admitting guilt, at least in
this case.  ;-)   On the other hand, to translate _ParoKet_ as "veil" or
"curtain" merely because we know that it was made of fabric obscures the
distinct use of the root PRK.  


Shalom, Bryan


B. M. Rocine
Associate Pastor
Living Word Church
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