[b-hebrew] MT for most OT Translations?

Reinier de Blois r.de.blois at solcon.nl
Wed Jun 23 03:12:34 EDT 2004


Good question, but I don't have an answer. This is not something for
this list though.
In the same vein, why are there so many churches?

The good thing is, however, that most translation societies work
together quite well.

Reinier

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Philip Engmann [mailto:phil-eng at ighmail.com] 
> Sent: dinsdag 22 juni 2004 22:22
> To: 'Reinier de Blois'
> Subject: RE: [b-hebrew] MT for most OT Translations?
> 
> 
> Thanks Reinier,
> 
> 1. This information is most useful indeed. I'll email them 
> individually.
> 
> I have a lot of questions:
> 
> 1. Why are there so many separate translation societies? UBS 
> for example has member BIBLE SOCIETIES in most if not all 
> countries in the world; so why the need for others? Such as Wycliff?
> 
> 2. Why can they not all come under one umbrella?
> 
> Philip Engmann
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of 
> Reinier de Blois
> Sent: 22 June 2004 17:51
> To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: RE: [b-hebrew] MT for most OT Translations?
> 
> Dear Philip,
> 
> I think you should phrase the question differenty. Most Bible 
> translation organizations in the world translate from the MT, 
> but keep an eye open for other traditions in cases where 
> there are textual problems. So there is no law that says they 
> have to stick to the MT in each and every verse of the OT. 
> And I'm glad, because there are places where the MT is simply 
> untranslatable.
> 
> Most organizations, however, work together with local 
> churches. There are cases, especially in eastern Europe where 
> churches have requested that the Old Testament be translated 
> with the LXX as textual basis. This was a problem at first 
> for the UBS, because it used to be our policy to always use 
> the MT as the textual basis. We had to change our policy 
> somewhat to be able to deal with exceptional cases like this.
> 
> There are various Bible translation organizations in the world:
> 
> - Wycliffe Bible Translators (with Summer Institute of Linguistics)
> - United Bible Societies (working through local Bible 
> societies in different countries)
> - Pioneer Bible Translators
> - Lutheran Bible Translators
> - International Bible Translators
> - Trinitarian Bible Society
> - and a few other, smaller, organizations
> 
> I don't know the ground rules of each of these organizations. 
> As Peter said, you will have to ask them. I believe that most 
> of them prefer to work from the MT. In cases of textual 
> problems most organizations are open to borrowing from other 
> traditions. The only organization I know that is strongly 
> against that is the Trinitarian Bible Society.
> 
> By the way, there are some people working on a translation of 
> the LXX into English somewhere. I believe it is called New 
> English Translation of the Septuagint (NETS).
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Reinier de Blois
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> > [mailto:b-hebrew-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of 
> > Philip Engmann
> > Sent: dinsdag 22 juni 2004 15:03
> > To: b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
> > Subject: [b-hebrew] MT for most OT Translations?
> > 
> > 
> >  
> >  
> > Let me re-phrase;
> >  
> > 1.	How many different BIBLE TRANSLATION societies or organizations
> > there are in the world and 
> > 2.	Which ones translate the MT and which ones translate the LXX?
> >  
> > Thank you.
> >  
> > Philip Engmann
> >  
> >  
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