Question: Off topic? More

Peter Kirk Peter_Kirk at
Sat Mar 16 17:38:55 EST 2002

No, I disagree here. Translation is not a matter of mechanical
substitution of words without understanding. Translators cannot
translate if they don't understand what they are translating, and the
process of understanding is what we mean by exegesis. Indiviudual
interpretation is another matter, and should not be added into a
translation; but I have to agree with Liz that it is impossible to
translate without introducing to some extent one's own interpretation.

So we teach translators to use all of the steps of exegesis outlined by
Fee in "New Testament Exegesis" and by Stuart in "Old Testament
Exegesis", although those books are intended for preachers, not
translators. The same process of exegesis is fundamental both to good
preaching and to good translation.

Peter Kirk (Wycliffe Bible Translators)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christian M. M. Brady [mailto:cbrady at]
> Sent: 16 March 2002 19:49
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: Question: Off topic? More
> Except exegesis is NOT what the translator should be engaged in! That
> the
> job of the... Exegete! The job of the translator is to, well,
> Of
> course decisions have to be made in providing a translation that some
> might
> view as "exegesis," but ideally a translator is providing a clear
> representation the text with as little exegesis/interpretation of
> as
> possible.
> Cb
> cbrady @
> --
> "The budget should be balanced. Public debt should be
> reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered,
> and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest
> Rome become bankrupt."
> --Marcus Tullius Cicero

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