Question: Off topic? More

Randall Buth ButhFam at
Fri Mar 15 03:05:45 EST 2002

shalom Moshe,

>All translations involve compromises and 
>hard decisions, knowing that you are doomed to err because the two 
>languages, Hebrew and English are so different. (BTW this is not the case 
>with Arabic, or other Semitic translations.)

I would prefer to say "all translations". I am always disappointed with the

Arabic translations. A related language is still a different language, a
network of 'spaghetti'. And the culture is different. And history. A
encodes a culture, a culture is encoded in a language. You cannot truly 
know one without the other.

To what may this be compared?
English and German are sister languages like Arabic and Hebrew.
German Shakespeare is good,
English Shakespeare is Shakespeare.

Randall Buth, PhD
Director, Biblical Language Center
and Lecturer, Biblical Hebrew
Rothberg International School
Hebrew University

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